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    Melodrama hits 'Road' again

    BY STEFANI DIAS The Bakersfield Californian
    Wednesday, Jan 21 2015 03:15 PM

    Like any good theater mixing a bit of old with the new, Gaslight Melodrama kicks off its 10th year Friday with "The New Road to Rosedale," an all-new show inspired by the production that started it all.

    In August 2005, the newly opened theater on Jomani Drive debuted "The Road to Rosedale," a reworking of "The Road to Oildale," first performed at the Vaudeville Express Melodrama in Oildale, which had closed in 2001.

    The "New Road" pays homage but lives up to its name with a fresh approach to the melodrama, according to Gaslight artistic director Michael Prince.

    "It's a whole different show. Much smaller cast, much more in the vein of how we do things now. "It's a real kind of throwback to old classic Bob Hope and Bing Crosby-type...

  2. Play in a day? Plan is a-OK

    The Empty Space theater will learn what a difference a day makes when it debuts "Project: Play in a Day," a 24-hour whirlwind of writing, directing and acting that will culminate in an all-new show Saturday night. "It could be amazing or...

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    Review: Stars' 'For Me and My Girl' is a fun romp

    Stars' production of "Me and My Girl" is a boisterous, fast-paced show, the kind where the audience seems to be having as much fun as the actors. It's a rags-to-riches story with an unusual twist, that takes place in the 1930s in England....

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    You're invited to these weddings

    "The course of true love never did run smooth," or so Shakespeare said. The same can also be said of some Broadway musicals, including "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers," which comes to Bakersfield Jan. 26. The problem? As originally...

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    Tap into this dance extravaganza at Stars

    You may never have heard of "Me and My Girl," opening Friday at Stars Theatre Restaurant, but it hits all the theatrical marks: big production values, elaborate musical and dance sequences and a touch of real-life romance. Husband and...

  6. Chaos behind the scenes inspiration for 'Empty Christmas'

    All the world may be a stage but the average person doesn't usually see what goes on behind the scenes. This month, The Empty Space offers a comedic spin on the less-glamorous side of theater life with "A Very Empty Christmas." Co-written...

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    NOR's 'Miracle on 34th Street' should be right up your avenue

    Kris Kringle goes on trial at 7 p.m. Friday in the holiday family favorite "Miracle on 34th Street" performed by NOR Recreation and Park District's Junior Theatre program. The performances -- also at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday -- take...

  8. Murder on menu in 'Arsenic and Old Lace'

    Liberty High School takes a trip back to 1940s Brooklyn with the farce "Arsenic and Old Lace," the tale of a newly engaged writer who returns to the warm embrace of his kind -- and homicidal -- elderly aunts. Things go awry not even 10...

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    CAMILLE GAVIN: Even Santa needs some Christmas magic

    Like most of us on this particular day, the folks at Gaslight Melodrama are celebrating Thanksgiving but they're ready to jump right into the next holiday, and they mean business, with an extended schedule of 25 performances of the annual...

  10. It's still a beauty of a love story

    The actors performing in the beloved fairy tale "Beauty and Beast" are living in a fairy tale of their own. "Everyone in the cast knows 'Beauty and the Beast,'" said Jillian Butterfield, who plays Belle. "We all grew up watching the show."...

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    Review: Funniest farce in many a 'Moon'

    If you're yearning to sit back, relax and revel in some comedic on-stage high jinx this weekend, consider taking in "Moon over Buffalo" at Stars. I laughed my way through last Sunday's performance. It's set in 1953, in Buffalo, N.Y., and...

  12. 1983 play's revival shakes off the dust

    In 1983, I saw the premiere of "From Dust Thou Art" and then as now, I consider it a powerful piece of theater, one that is unique to Kern County. The script for the play, by Peter Grego, is drawn from interviews Dust Bowl migrants did for...

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    CAMILLE GAVIN: 'Hair' still has some bounce to it

    In historic terms, the 1960s was an era when many young people were actively engaged in a counter-culture movement that questioned the status quo. Those who actually lived during that decade might define its elements as long-haired...

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