Twain’s Tales

June 28 – July 14

Twain’s Tales includes five short stories by the master American storyteller — “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County,” “Science vs. Luck,” “The Joke That Made Ed’s Fortune,” “The Belated Russian Passport” and “Is He Living or Is He Dead?” — as well as the fence-painting chapter from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

Produced in association with Pioneer Drama Service

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North Meets South Comedy Showcase

Come share a night of laughs and help support ARTS Theatre.

We have a fantastic lineup of comedians from Redding and Chico, including headliner Jerm Leather and our host, Sam Borquez

Also Appearing:

Patrick Grams
Johnny Cat
James Mason
Don Ashby
Patrick Smith
Clint Hudson
Jeffrey Taylor

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The Ghost

It’s a small town in the Old West. Two young theatre actors vanish under mysterious circumstances and now the town is being plagued with a spree of robberies. It’s up to the Sheriff to get to the bottom of this mystery and restore order to his town. Is he up to it?


Ken Ludwig’s Sherwood

The Adventures of Robin Hood

Packed with thrills, romance, laughter, and immortal characters like Little John, Friar Tuck, and Maid Marian, Sherwood: The Adventures of Robin Hood tells the enduring story of a hero of the people who takes on the ruthless powers that be. So get ready to duck a quarterstaff or two – you won’t want to miss a moment of the swashbuckling fun!

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The Pirates of Prestidigitation

Fresh from his sold-out performances at the new Arts Theatre, Ron Giesecke sat and ruminated about what to do next.

That’s when he decided to wake his longtime magic-buddy, Bryan Gilles, from the odd performing twilight he’s maintained for five years. Ron ran over to his house and knocked on the door. He heard a voice yell, I ALREADY HAVE an extended warranty!”

Ron ran around to the window, and could see Bryan—crouched on the floor in a fetal position, clutching a deck of cards, and a book called “Magic for Dummies.”

Ron immediately knew he was dealing with a man in the final throes of entertainment hypoxia.

“You wanna do a show together?” He asked.

Soon enough, Bryan was speaking intelligible sentences and saying things like “Return to magic” and “It’s been too long.” He also said something about a “bag of catalytic converters in the garage,” but no one knows what that meant.

By the end of the day, Bryan and Ron hatched a plan—if Ron can inflict his act upon the community like some ersatz-pirate with no consequences—what kind of damage can be done with combined, sleight-of-hand buccaneering?

Thus, in the show presented here; longtime friends, with boyhood interests in the silly and slightly-clandestine world of trickery and deception, will do what they have only toyed with at the margins.

This will be an evening of wonder, laughter, and hopefully, what will also be the first of many shows to come.

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Summer Comedy Extravaganza

Ready for a good laugh? 

ARTS Theatre presents the Summer Comedy Extravaganza

Featuring: Dan McGowan

Dan’ credits include: Last Comic Standing, Royal Carribian Cruise Lines and Winner: Branson Comedy Festival

Hosted by: Sam Borquez

Also appearing: 

Jeffrey Taylor

John Boggs

Ranae Cherry

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