StageWorks star power

It’s been a little chilly at night the past few weeks, (and how glorious that has been), but if the weather forecast holds up, Saturday is shaping up to be downright toasty. The plus side to that: It will make for a perfect outdoors evening for “Theatre Under the Stars,” the annual StageWorks Fresno fundraiser.

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A scene from last year’s ‘Theatre Under the Stars.’ Photo / StageWorks Fresno

Here’s a rundown:

The event: Now in its third year, this is StageWorks Fresno’s most important (and only) fundraiser of the year. It’s being held in the sculpture garden of the Fresno Art Museum.

The backstory: For the first two years, the event was held in the garden of Deb & David Reuland. “Having outgrown the space, we are extremely excited to be moving to the museum,” says StageWorks’ Jennifer Lewis, the company’s business manager. Last year’s event raised more than $21,000, which helped fund the 2016 season.


The format: Most fundraisers come with fancy appetizers, beer and wine, and a silent auction, but StageWorks has something special: a coterie of talented performers. The lineup includes performances by Joel Abels, Dominic Grijalva, Meg Clarke, Kindle Cowger, Miguel Gastelum, Camille Gaston, Amalie Larsen, Sam Linkowski, Julie Lucido, Aaron Pierce, Kenzie Stafford, and Mark Standriff.

The season: StageWorks Fresno has three remaining shows in the 2017 season: “The Full Monty” (July 21-Aug. 6), “Mothers and Sons” (Sept. 8-17) and “Little Shop of Horrors” (Oct. 6-22).

Details: 7 p.m. Saturday, May 20, Fresno Art Museum., 559-289-6622. $85.


‘Theatre Under the Stars’ moves this year to the Fresno Art Museum. Photo / StageWorks Fresno

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