Now streaming: ‘The Munro Review on CMAC’ features Zelia Ankrum of ‘Ultra Violet & Black Scorpion’ — and Shine! Theatre’s ‘Children of Eden’

I enjoyed filming this latest episode of “The Munro Review on CMAC.” Not only does the show feature a live musical performance — and I always love bringing you those — but we feature our first bona fide Disney TV star.

Zelia Ankrum, who hails from Fresno, has a choice role in the new Disney series “Ultra Violet & Black Scorpion.” She dropped by the CMAC studios to give us some behind-the-scenes dish and talk about what it’s like to be a professional actor on a Disney set. Plus: If you want to see her in person, Zelia appears as Cosette in the new Children’s Musical Theaterworks production of “Les Miserables,” which runs July 15-24 at Veterans Memorial Auditorium.

Pictured at top: Zelia Ankrum, left, and Scarlett Estevez star in Disney’s ‘Ultra Violet & Black Scorpion.’ Photo: Disney

Also on the show: I give an extended pitch for why you should attend Cal State Summer Arts, which opened on Monday at Fresno State. And I interview Miguel Molinar and Michael David, two of the stars of the upcoming Shine! Theatre production of “Children of Eden,” which runs July 8-16. David then returns to perform a beautiful solo from the show.

A reminder: You can watch the complete catalog of episodes of “The Munro Review on CMAC” on and at YouTube.


And if you prefer appointment television, you can watch the cable-broadcast version on CMAC 1 (Comcast 93, AT&T 99) at the following dates and times:

• 5 p.m. Wednesday, June 29
• 11 a.m. Friday, July 1
•10 a.m. Tuesday, July 5
• 5 p.m. Thursday, July 7

Hope you enjoy!

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Covering the arts online in the central San Joaquin Valley and beyond. Lover of theater, classical music, visual arts, the literary arts and all creative endeavors. Former Fresno Bee arts critic and columnist. Graduate of Columbia University and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Excited to be exploring the new world of arts journalism.

Comments (1)

  • Zelia is a prime example of the possible. I’m her manager and former performing arts instructor (way back when- she played an adorable baby elephant in Jungle Book, Jr) She is devoted to her craft and is extremely humble. I couldn’t be prouder of her success story and what she will be able to accomplish in the coming years.


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