Pop culture, entertainment & all things Fresno

Win tickets to Fresno Grand Opera’s ‘Showboat’


It’s time for me to take off my columnist/hard-news writer hat and put on my entertainment blogger/writer hat. Though I’ve spent a lot of time recently following the strike against Fresno Grand Opera, I also need to cover the company’s production of “Show Boat” — which opens Friday night at the Saroyan Theatre — like any other significant upcoming cultural event.

With that in mind, I have two pairs of good orchestra seats (each one with a face value of $62.50) to give away to the opera: one pair for 8 p.m. Friday and the other for 2 p.m. Saturday.

“Show Boat,” written in 1927, is a major part of theater history — it’s considered the first true “book” Broadway musical that seamlessly integrates storyline and music. The characters are far more three-dimensional than in vaudeville entertainments and operettas in the past, and creators Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II dared to tackle elaborate and unconventional topics.

To enter, leave a comment on this post telling us whether you’d like to attend the Friday performance, the Saturday performance, or either. These are paper tickets, so you’ll need to be able to come down to The Bee’s front lobby by 5 p.m. Friday to pick them up.

Deadline is 10 a.m. Wednesday.

I’ll notify the winner via e-mail — so please leave a real e-mail address and please check it. Duplicate entries are not allowed. I reserve the right to pick another winner if you haven’t responded to a notification email in a timely manner. You’re ineligible if you’ve won anything from the Beehive in the past 30 days. Full rules on the jump.

Only readers who submit a comment on this post are eligible. The winners will be picked at random. Recipients will be notified by e-mail at the end of each giveaway period. No substitutions or transfer of winners/prizes. Prizes are not redeemable for cash. Some prizes may have due dates for redemption/use. Employees and immediate family of The Fresno Bee, and any/all of the participating giveaway sponsors, are not eligible to win. By accepting a giveaway, recipient consents to allow the use of his/her name and/or photograph for advertising or similar promotions without further compensation. Winner releases all sponsors of liability regarding use and enjoyment of the prizes. Tax liabilities and insurance, if any, are sole responsibility of the winner. No purchase necessary to win.

Responses to "Win tickets to Fresno Grand Opera’s ‘Showboat’"

Grace says:

“Showboat” is one of my favorite shows, so I would love to go. I would prefer to attend the Sunday performance, but either day would be wonderful.

Kristin says:

I would love to attend either of the shows! It is a few of my friends first time performing in the Saroyan! I would love to support them. May the odds be ever in my favor!

Jeremy Brownstein says:

either day would be great!

Genevieve Becker says:

I would absolutely LOVE to attend this amazing show. And the Saturday matinee performance would probably work best for me but I would definitely take either day!

Kelli says:

Either day would be fun! Thanks for the opportunity!

PTolentino says:

I would love to win these tickets for Friday night’s performance. Thank you for the opportunity that you provide us to be able to attend.

Kylie B says:

Either! So excited to see this!

mike says:

I’ve heard this is a great production.

Robin says:

One of my favorites!

Cameron says:

Sounds great!

Clayton says:

FGO is the best.

Amy says:

Either day would work for me, also!

Zeke says:

Saturday. I’d love to see this show!

Kelly says:

Either performance would be awesome!

Doug cox says:

Can’t wait

Kristy Page says:

I’d love to go to the Firday night show.

John says:

Awesome! Saturday please- John

Nancy Baker says:

Either show; only need 1 ticket

Bryce says:

My dad and best friend are in it! Would love to see some great theatre!

EG says:

I’d love to see this show. Saturday would be great! Thank you!!!!

kyle says:

Cool deal!!! I’d like to attend Saturday if I win!!

Jay Parks says:

What a great musical. I’d love to see the Friday show.

joanlevie says:

The music and lyrics are outstanding. I am available and would appreciate tickets for either performance.

kj44 says:

Love Showboat, would really enjoy the Saturday matinee showing. Go FGO!

Allison C. says:

I would like to be entered for Friday night’s tickets. Thank you!

Helen Prince says:

Great musical. Sunday opera !!

Erica Johnson says:

I would prefer the Friday night show, please.

Kim P. says:

I would love to see this Friday night, please!!!

IN says:

I would love to take my mom to the Saturday afternoon Opera. My mother sang in this Opera in high school in the 40′s, she had a magnificent voice. My mom will be 85 years old in July, this would be a wonderful mother’s day and early birthday gift.

Kristen Johnson says:

This sounds like a great musical I would love to see the Saturday show.

John A says:

I’d love to go Friday night.

Ezequiel says:

I’d love to watch this on Saturday. Thank you for the opportunity.

Lee Garcia says:

I have always wanted to see Showboat! What a treat for Fresno. I’d love to be in attendance for any of the performances! By the way, ‘Master Class’ was divine!

Kelly says:

Id love to go Friday night! Woohoo!

Andrew says:

The Friday show would be great.

Jim Henderson says:

We would love to see this show in person

Dorothy D. says:

I can take a ride down “Ol’ Man River” on the Cotton Blossom either night. “Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Ol’ Man” and Dat Old Show.

Chicksmom says:

This is going to be a great show. I could make either performance. says:

What an awesome show! I can go either day.

Lydia says:

I would love to see this show, Saturday would be better for us. This is something that I would enjoy taking my fiancee to, this would cheer him up after his stoke in December. Thank you for the opportunity.

Kay Vanderford says:

What an opportunity. I’m feeling lucky. No preference of performance. Thanks.

adrian says:

my sister would love to go see this, she is a theatre major

Kelley Worman says:

I sing Old Man River in the shower all the time…much to the chagrin of my family!! If u draw my name, I would like to go to the Saturday show please!


What a joy to be able to see “Showboat!”

JFK says:

Go Fresno!! I’d go Saturday.

Ben says:

I’d like to see this play. Saturday if I get a ticket.

Eva C. says:

The saturday show would be better for me….but I’ll take either day as well…..thanks for the oppurtunity to see this show!

Carole says:

Saturday afternoon would be a great time to listen and even sing along with a real live Fresno orchestra. Like your latest coverage of the opera.

Gayle Libby says:

Would LOVE to win!

Benito says:

Yes! Please pick me. I can go to the Saturday show.

Juan says:

Saturday for me, thanks!

Frank says:

This sounds good….Saturday! Let’s win! #fresno

Bob says:

Saturday :)

John T says:

Saturday. I performed “Showboat” in high school; was where I met the wife.

Eracism says:

Saturday fun…choose me please!

Angela hernandez says:

Can you say family night out!!!!

Ron Kerbow says:

Any night is good for me. What a great time this would be.