The Roaring ’20s are back and taking over the auditorium at East Bakersfield High School starting Friday when Theatre East presents “Chicago.” The high school edition of this legendary musical, featuring the classic music of John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb and book by Ebb and Bob Fosse, is b…

"Little Shop of Horrors," one of the funniest, craziest and much loved Broadway musicals, opens next week at Stockdale High School. The show is based on a 1960 B-movie produced for $28,000 and created a sensation that was a surprise. The production is weird, campy and hilarious.

While you might be familiar with the story of "The Cake" — baker won't make a wedding cake for a gay couple — you don't know all the ingredients that go into this nuanced production at Bakersfield Community Theatre.

Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction. And that truth can make even stranger fiction. That’s certainly the case with “Grey Gardens,” opening Friday at Ovation Theatre. Based on the life of Big Edie and Little Edie Bouvier Beale, the eccentric aunt and cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis,…

Comedian W.C. Fields advised never to work with animals or children but those concerns of chaos or excessive cuteness are no problem for the directors of "Annie," opening this weekend at Stars Theatre Restaurant.

Having already staged a number of intimate dramas and comedies, Stars Playhouse makes the case for another great season into 2020 with "Nuts," which opens Friday.

If you'd prefer your celebration of the new year to be during the weekend rather than midweek, then you're in luck. Stars Theatre Restaurant will have audiences "Swingin' in the New Year" with an evening (or afternoon) of live music and dancing.

The new year can mark a series of firsts and, for artist Laura Lee Best, that starts Friday with her first solo show. Best's work will be on display in "Expressions" at Dagny's Coffee Co. as part of First Friday.

For this year’s winter production, the Liberty High School Theatre Department presents Doris Baizley’s highly inventive adaptation of the classic Dickens story "A Christmas Carol," running through Saturday.

A tale of a man trying to rally for his family while not falling prey to despair is relatable to audiences today as it was in 1946 when the film "It's a Wonderful Life" was released. Relive the classic holiday tale in the theatrical version opening Friday at The Empty Space. 

Although "A Christmas Story" airs in a 24-hour marathon on TBS for Christmas Day, the story will really come to life starting Friday when the stage production opens at Stars Theatre Restaurant.

For a story about keeping hope alive, it could have no better ambassador than Norman Colwell. The longtime local actor is starring as Kris Kringle in Bakersfield Community Theatre's "Miracle on 34th Street," which opens this weekend. 

Love opera but don't have the time or money to travel to a big-city opera house? The Cal State Bakersfield Opera Theatre has just the show for you with Friday's “An Evening of Opera Scenes."

More so that any other community theater, Ovation embraces the idea of going beyond theatrical productions. With concerts and comedy, the 19th Street venue hosts various forms of entertainment. This holiday season is no exception with “Rock’n Holiday,” opening Friday.

When it comes to Christmas, Michael Prince is like a kid at the North Pole. So it's no tough assignment for the artistic director to write the Gaslight Holiday Extravaganza each year for the northwest theater.

In honor of Veterans Day this week, Highland High School’s drama department presents the play “A Piece of My Heart." This story of six women in the Vietnam War — three nurses, a Red Cross girl, an enlisted specialist and a singer — follows them as they join the war effort, then serve and fin…

For most bakers, a lot of love goes into their work. Now imagine how much emotion would go into preparing someone's final meal and that gives you a hint of what to expect from "Apples in Winter," playing at Bakersfield Community Theatre.

Matt Borton is a busy man this weekend. Along with wrapping up a role as Thing in "The Addams Family" at Ovation Theatre, he's also performing at Empire Improv for its grand opening and launching the second part of his "Serial Stories" at The Empty Space.

A daringly hopeful tale of love and redemption in the South set to a soundtrack by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell? There's lots to adore about “Bright Star,” opening this weekend at Stars Theatre Restaurant.

Just in time for Halloween, one more costumed fete. But leave your sense of reality at the gate and step into the surreal at the Bakersfield Museum of Art on Thursday. The annual Surrealist Masquerade, in its fourth year, brings an air of mystery, mysticism and mixology to the museum’s Sculp…

When it comes to rock opera, it's not going to be your average night at the theater. And Green Day's "American Idiot," opening this weekend at The Empty Space, is no exception.

Bakersfield College art faculty will be in the spotlight Thursday when an exhibition of their work opens at the Wylie and May Louise Jones Gallery.

It's expected that you party hard when you turn 21, and Via Arte is no exception. The annual Italian street painting festival put on by the Bakersfield Museum of Art at The Marketplace is going big this year with more artists, more squares and an after-party.

It's never easy when families meet for the first time but it's even worse when yours is creepy, kooky, mysterious, spooky and all together ooky. Guests have a front-row seat to the hilarious meeting when "The Addams Family" takes the stage this weekend at Ovation Theatre. 

Along with putting on successful shows, a portion of the work at Stars Theatre Restaurant is fundraising. Since that effort is less of a soft-shoe and more of a kickball change, it requires some hoofing. That's where Startacular, taking place Saturday, comes in.

While the Guild House has been the scene of many a business lunch, bridge game, fashion show and shower, it's never been host to a tale of psychological terror. That is until this weekend, with the presentation of "The Turn of the Screw."