I caught up with Gray for one last interview just two days before opening.
Question: It’s been a while since we caught up with you to talk about “Yo, Vikings!” Did the rehearsals go smoothly? Now that you’re in the middle of tech week, how do you feel about opening night?
Answer: Rehearsals for this production were unlike anything else I have ever experienced before. It was freeing to create the action of this piece for the first time. Josh Montgomery (the choreographer) and I had moments of trial and error, deciding what devices and staging worked best to tell this story. It was both terrifying and liberating to not have a right or wrong way to approach this story. Because we are the first to embark on this new adventure, we had limitless possibilities to create the world of the play. The cast was very willing to allow Josh and I the freedom to try things and experiment with different scenarios. The final product is the result of a great group of actors and imaginative team.
To say that I am excited about opening is an understatement! This piece has been more terrifying and exciting than anything else I have directed. We will be introducing our audiences to a new story and taking them on a brand new journey. I am sure that I can speak for the cast in saying that opening night is bound to be a night we will all never forget. The cast is ready, the designers work has paid off, and now it is time to release this piece into the world!
Above: CMT’s new promotional video for “Yo, Vikings!”
For those of you have been asking when Fox was going to bring back the quirky comedy “Breaking In,” the answer is 9:30 p.m. March 6. It returns with one big change as Megan Mullally — the actress who was so wild on “Will & Grace” — joins the series. She plays the head of a big conglomerate who takes over the small prive security business.
The change is being made to make the series feel more like an office series than an action program. Executive producer Adam F. Goldberg says that meant adding more people to the office. He also wanted to add a foil for Christian Slater’s character, Oz, the master manipulator and all-knowing boss of the business.
All that sounds good but it feels like there’s another reason Mullally agreed to be on the show.
“I like to say ‘yes’ to things anyway you may have noticed,” Mullally says.
That’s a very honest answer as Mullally has been a regular on three comedy series and guest starred on a host of others since “Will & Grace” ended in 2006. She’s been on “Party Down,” “Childrens Hospital,” “Parks and Rec,” “Happy Endings” and “Up All Night” to name a few.
She can now add “Breaking In” to the growing list of TV shows she agreed to do.
You can buy tickets, or you can attempt to take advantage of Rademacher’s goodwill and win some here. We’ll pick two winners at random, who will ALSO get a free digital copy of “Baby Hawk III.”
To enter, just leave a comment below telling us why you think Rademacher is “beautiful.” Deadline to enter is 4 p.m. Friday. Our winners will be chosen at random and notified via e-mail. So please leave a real address and please check it. Complete rules below.
UPDATE: Congratulations to our winners: Jennifer Anderson, Amy Hance, Kim Steinhauer and Brittney Jennings. Enjoy!
ORIGINAL POST: For several years now, the Valley Performing Arts Council has partnered with the State Street Ballet of Santa Barbara to bring high-quality story ballets to Fresno aimed at younger audiences. In the past we’ve seen “Cinderella” and “The Jungle Book.” The newest title from Santa Barbara is an original adaptation of “The Secret Garden,” the classic Frances Hodgson Burnett story about an orphan who discovers a wonderful locked garden on her uncle’s forlorn estate.
Here’s how we’re going to work this contest. Leave a comment on this post indicating whether you’d like to win a package of either four or two tickets. We’ll draw names at random until all the tickets are gone. (In other words, if the first two commenters want four tickets each, there will be three winners total — the first two receiving four tickets and the third receiving two. Or, we could conceivably have five winners if each only want two tickets.)
You’ll be able to pick up your tickets at Will Call before the performance. Deadline is 11 a.m. Friday. Here’s an important part: I’ll be sending out emails to the winners between 11 and 11:15 a.m., so when you enter, provide a real e-mail address and please check your e-mail. If you’d prefer, you can leave a phone number where you can be reached at that time, and I’ll make sure it isn’t published online. I reserve the right to pick another winner if I don’t get a response to my email by noon.
One entry per person. You’re ineligible if you’ve won something from us in the past 30 days. Complete rules after the jump.
Fresno’s ties to the latest “Survivor” ended quickly. Matthew Quinlan, who lived in Fresno from 1992-1996 while his father was vice president of marketing at Zacky Farms, was eliminated Wednesday night. The Bullard High School graduate follows Fresno’s Nina Acosta who was voted out last week.
In last night’s episode, it appeared Colton Cumbie was in danger despite having the immunity idol. Fellow player Greg Smith, known as Tarzan, argued Cumbie was important to the tribe because he had made alliances with the women that can help them when the teams merge.
When the ballots were tallied, Cumbie got one vote and Quinlan got five votes.
It’s the first of the month (cue Bone Thugs ‘N’ Harmony) and we want to help you make the most of March. So we mapped out local events, pop culture happenings and whatever else we think you need to know about.
Eclectic Latin/hip-hop band Ozomatli returns to Fresno to headline Tower Theatre on April 20. Last time it was in Fresno, Ozomatli packed Starline. It’s also played at Rainbow Ballroom in the past.
Tickets for this show go on sale at 10 a.m. March 9. They cost $20, $25 and $30 in advance, and $3 more the day of the show. Details: (559) 485-9050.
General tickets aren’t on sale yet, but the rapper is selling VIP ticket packages on his website for $125 that include a one-hour meet-and-greet, a T-shirt and all sorts of knick-knacks like playing cards and sticky notes. Details: strangevip.com.
JazzHop keeps going, flowing live music into the mix. There’s a full schedule below, but a couple things to note: The CMAC studios (for the former Fresno Met) is now on the JazzHop agenda. Also: There’s a JazzHop/Rogue collaboration at Tower Theatre, where you can see a local music showcase for $5.
Rogue Hop is the first-night-of-the-festival party where you can get a sample of what this year’s Rogue Festival has to offer. It’s held tonight at Tower Lounge, the former Daily Planet, starting at 5 p.m. It’s free to attend and easy to hop over to all the other stuff outlined above. Also it’s a good chance to stock up on Rogue Bucks.