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“Breathe: Portraits from a Pandemic” is virtual theatre for the COVID-19 Age

November 7, 2020

“Breathe: Portraits from a Pandemic” is a new video-on-demand play from Chico State’s department of music and theatre that tells the stories of people’s experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic,...

Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” brings opera back to Chico performances

Tamino (Mickensie Layson) kneels in fear of the Queen of the Night (Kaila Davidson). Photo credit: Natalie Hanson
February 17, 2018

After 12 years, Chico State had its first opera comeback with performances of "The Magic Flute" this weekend. The opera, a fantasy comedy-drama composed by Mozart, was performed in Rowland-Taylor Recital...

‘American Idiot’ musical comes to Chico State campus

'American Idiot' musical comes to Chico State campus
October 5, 2017

The School of Arts is bringing sex, drugs, rock 'n' roll and politics on stage with Green Day's "American Idiot" musical production.The play is inspired by Green Day’s 2004 hit album “American...

Death by musicals

Illustration by Miles Huffman
March 28, 2015

I know some people love musicals. They like enjoying theatrical performances and singing along with the music. Which is fine. It’s great. But for me? Musicals are terrifying. The spontaneous...

Spring musical delivers high energy, multiple laughs

Photo by Sean Chen

CSU, Chico's 2014 Spring Musical,
May 1, 2014

A man wearing a white silky nightgown, with blonde permed locks, speaks of controversy in a giddy, high-pitched voice. Done.You should already want to go see this year’s spring musical, "Spamalot,"...

Children’s classic delivers magical, musical ride on stage

Photo Courtesy of Chico Performances
May 1, 2014

A talking parrot, flying carpet and whimsical genie will enchant the stage of Laxson Auditorium in Storyteller, formerly Playhouse Youth Theatre and Chico Performances' production of "Aladdin Jr."The stage...

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