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Betty Haynes (Elisabeth Schirmers) performs Love, You Didnt Do Right By Me with dancers Tristan Gunderson, left, and Sean Rush, right, for her first solo act in New York during Chico Theater Companys White Christmas. Photo credit: Brandon Foster

Christmas musical brings holiday cheer to Chico

Kristen Moran // December 11, 2014

Chico Theater Company's "White Christmas," is an intimate, cheerful holiday performance with bone-chilling vocal talent, detailed set design and impressive choreography. The musical, which runs through...

Sofia Allmon dazzles as a Spanish dancer in Chico Community Ballets The Nutcracker, staged until Dec. 7 in Laxson Auditorium. Photo credit: John Domogma

Q&A: Dancer Sofia Allmon gets on point for ‘The Nutcracker’

Kristen Moran // December 6, 2014

Snow Queen, Soldier Doll, Flower and a solo as a Spanish dancer thrown in for good measure. These parts, usually portrayed by different people, will all be performed by Core Butte Charter School junior...

Paradise author Ken Young signs a copy of his first novel for a fan at the books presentation Tuesday at Lyon Books. Photo credit: Veronica Hodur

Q&A: Local author pens first novel, inspired by daughter

Kristen Moran // November 21, 2014

Giant, human-eating frogs, valiant, sword-fighting heroes and one loyal tortoise.That's just a small taste of what readers will find in Paradise author Ken Young's first novel, "The King's Frog Hunter,"...

Professor Callahan (Robert Hart) and Elle Woods (Rebecca Allen) on stage at Chico Theater Company during the musical Legally Blonde, which runs until Nov. 9. Photo credit: Brandon Foster

Peppy, wacky musical offers laughs, plenty of pink

Kristen Moran // October 25, 2014

"Legally Blonde" is a mixture of pink, sass and quirkiness, sprinkled with just a dash of Irish music. The lovable musical tale, inspired by Amanda Brown's novel and the 2001 movie of the same name featuring...

Chico Performances presents MUMMENSCHANZ, a miming troupe that transforms ordinary objects into extraordinary acts, Tuesday, Oct. 28 at Laxson Auditorium. Photo courtesy of Chico Performances

Mime troupe to literally give Chico audience giant thumbs up

Kristen Moran // October 23, 2014

Mime-masque theater troupe MUMMENSCHANZ delivers something quite different from the average show: it takes everyday objects like toilet paper, plastic or trash bags and creates imaginary beings, hands...

Photo courtesy of Chico Performances

Acclaimed acrobats amaze Laxson audience

Kristen Moran // September 17, 2014

Audience members sat on the edge of their seats in anticipation when the red curtain rose on the Laxson Auditorium stage Tuesday night. The crowd, a mixture of young and old with a dash of Chico State...

Chico Performances presents The National Acrobats of the People’s Republic of Chinas show Cirque Peking. Photo courtesy Chico Performances

Acrobats to twist, tumble into Laxson Auditorium

Kristen Moran // September 10, 2014

The National Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China's show "Cirque Peking" was inspired by the troupe's mascot, said Zhou Zhongtao, troupe director. “(The) mascot of our troupe is a phoenix,"...

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