alinaDo you have family in town and are looking for some good theater? I’ve already told you about the new “The Little Mermaid” at Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theater. Here’s another recommended show I’ve heard about from three enthusiastic sources: the Reedley River City Theatre Company production of “Anything Goes” at the Reedley Opera House. In particular, I’ve heard raves about the leading performance of Alina Gonzalez as Reno Sweeney.

Unfortunately, I’m not going to get a chance to see the show. But Felicia Cousart Matlosz, a name that eagle-eyed Beehive readers will recognize as a blast-from-the-past byline, kindly passed along her Q&A interview with Gonzalez for the Reedley Exponent. From the interview:

My goal is to leave people wanting more, for them to see the dedication in place, and to make an impact that exceeds expectations. I tend to be a little embarrassed after the show when it comes to accepting compliments, but I have been completely moved by the reception of this show.

A man visiting from out of town was here for his brother’s funeral. He decided to see the show and told me he had a marvelous time, considering the circumstances of his visit. That for me, makes this all worth it. To allow people to escape reality for two hours, no matter what they are going through in life.

Sounds like a memorable production.

For the Fresno Bee’s weekly theater guide, click here.

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Photo of Alina Gonzalez by Arlene Silva; contributed to Reedley Exponent
Donald Munro

Donald Munro

Donald Munro is The Bee's arts and culture critic. He currently has the opening song to "Galavant" stuck in his head and doesn't know if he can ever get it out.
Donald Munro
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