Music & Dance

Fresno Grand Opera
Fresno Grand Opera was founded in 1999 by Fresno native Edna Garabedian, winner of the 1961 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, after a successful career as an opera singer and stage director. Under the leadership of General Director Ronald Eichman and Artistic Director Joseph Bascetta, the company enjoyed sixteen years of high quality performances of the standard opera repertoire and concert performances by legendary artists, including Jose Carreras, Placido Domingo, Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban, Sarah Brightman, Renée Fleming, Kristin Chenoweth, Marcello Giordani, Juan Diego Florez, and Audra McDonald. (559) 442-5699

Fresno Philharmonic
The Fresno Philharmonic presents high-quality, live orchestral music to audiences from throughout the San Joaquin Valley. World-renowned soloists appear regularly. Most performances are held in the Saroyan Theatre. (559) 261-0600

Live Local Theater

CenterStage Clovis Community Theatre
Clovis' community-based theatre organization is dedicated to bringing fine live theatre to the valley community. For over a decade, talent has been drawn from the Fresno/Clovis area and surrounding communities to present a wide range of musical and dramatic productions. Actors, both young and old, perform in a variety of theatrical productions. A highly accomplished production staff works together with the community members to assemble the technically exceptional productions. Performances are at the Mercedes Edwards Theatre (MET), at 902 Fifth Street, Clovis CA (559-323-8744).

Childrens Musical Theaterworks/Musical Theaterworks Fresno
The Valley’s only nonprofit theater company dedicated to the training of youth performers in the art of musical theater. Annual productions include youth musical theater productions as well as Broadway-style community theater. Performances are at the Fresno Veterans Memorial Auditorium’s 500-seat theater. 2425 Fresno St. Fresno, CA (559) 442-3140

Fresno State's John Wright Theatre
Fresno State students enjoy unusual opportunities to play leading roles, to direct, and to design for lab and mainstage productions. Undergraduate playwrights have seen their work in staged readings, workshops and in mainstage productions. Organizations such as the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival and the American College Dance Festival have honored numerous Fresno State Students. University productions provide the Central Valley a diverse series of offerings from recent Broadway successes and classics, musicals and comedies to gritty urban dramas and cutting edge dance productions. 5201 N. Maple Ave. Fresno, CA (559) 278-2216

Reedley's River City Theatre Company
Professional quality live theatre has now returned to the historic Reedley Opera House. Enjoy comedies and musicals, melodrama and improvisational theatre in this magnificent historic setting. The charming community of Reedley allows patrons many unique and wonderful dining options and a stroll down a turn of the century main street before the show. Reedley, CA (559) 638-6500

Roger Rocka's Dinner Theater
A Valley tradition for almost 30 years, Roger Rocka’s Music Hall plays home to the Good Company Players 2nd Space Theatre in this intimate dinner theater. Guests enjoy the very best in food, drink and service while being magically transported to the wonderful world of Broadway musicals and hilarious comedies, all part of an afternoon or evening of pure entertainment pleasure. Each season offers a wide range of entertainment. 1226 N. Wishon Ave. Fresno, CA (800) 371-4747 or (559) 266-9494

Second Space Theater
A second performing venue for the Good Company Players was founded in 1982, offering audiences a diverse offering of dramatic, comedic, family oriented, and original theatre in an intimate arena. This 150-seat arena theater plays Thursday-Sunday. The 2005 six-play season includes Our Town, A Christmas Carol and The Cemetery Club. Located at 928 E. Olive Ave. Fresno, CA (559) 266-0660

Woodward Shakespeare Festival
The Woodward Shakespeare Festival provides live theatre productions for the cultural, educational, entertainment and inspiration of the community and to make its contribution to the arts of California's Central Valley accessible to everyone. All performances are free of charge. Performances are held in the amphitheater of Fresno's Woodward Park, Friant Road at Audubon in Fresno. (559) 927-3485


San Joaquin Valley Town Hall Lecture Series
On six Wednesday mornings each year, a large antique school bell rings loudly throughout Fresno's William Saroyan Theatre. It is no longer used to summon students to their studies, but rather to let the gathering of men and women know that it is time for the introduction of the latest distinguished speaker in the San Joaquin Valley Town Hall lecture series. This long running series was started by community organizers in 1938 and the first season was such a success that the Town Hall concept was off and running. Over the years, speakers in the fields of journalism, literature, the arts, and government have included such notable personalities as: Drew Pearson, Max Lerner, Henry Kissinger, James Reston, Ogden Nash, Bennet Cerf, Jon Lindbergh, Margaret Mead, Agnes DeMille, Irving Stone, James Michner, Alex Haley, and Maya Angelou. Saroyan Theatre. Fresno, CA (559) 444-2180