The Orion

Christmas musical brings holiday cheer to Chico

Betty Haynes (Elisabeth Schirmers) performs

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 Dec. 21, follows the story of Bob Wallace (Steve Chollet) and Phil Davis (Robert Neal), two World War II veterans...

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

Sofia Allmon dazzles as a Spanish dancer in Chico Community Ballet's

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 Sofia Allmon in this year's Chico Community Ballet production of "The Nutcracker," staged through Dec....

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

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

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," a tale of fantasy-adventure set in an ancient land where a princess must fight to save her father and kingdo...

Peppy, wacky musical offers laughs, plenty of pink

Professor Callahan (Robert Hart) and Elle Woods (Rebecca Allen) on stage at Chico Theater Company during the musical

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 Reese Witherspoon, will be featured at Chico Theater Company 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday through November 9.R...

Mime troupe to literally give Chico audience giant thumbs up

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

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 larger than humans and face-like shapes.Audiences can catch the mime artists 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Laxson Auditorium for a must-see, memorable experience presented by ...

Acclaimed acrobats amaze Laxson audience

Photo courtesy of Chico Performances

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 students, came to watch the National Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China's "Cirque Pekin...

Acrobats to twist, tumble into Laxson Auditorium

Chico Performances presents The National Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China's show

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," Zhongtao said. "Bird in search of light." The troupe, one of the most acclaimed acrobatic tr...

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