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A handful of theater productions are set to hit the stage in the coming weeks and months. There will also be a unique opportunity in May for high schoolers to test their acting and singing skills for a rendition of a classic musical.


12 Incompetent Jurors, Denair Gaslight Theater


The folks at the Denair Gaslight Theater are looking to give audience members a laugh from April 25 - 27 with the comedic play “12 Incompetent Jurors.” The production will feature a plethora of community members honoring their civic duty, deciding the fate of a deranged cat thief, litigated by an overly zealous prosecutor and adjudicated by a no-nonsense, law and order judge.


April 25 and 26 shows are already sold out. Tickets remain available for the April 27 showings at 12 p.m. and 6 p.m. and for April 28 at 6 p.m.


Ticket prices range from $20 to $30 a show, with all proceeds will benefit the Denair Gaslight Theater.  For tickets and seat selection, visit or call 209-604-6525.


The Tabernacle, Center for Urban Performance and Service


The Center for Urban Performance and Service (C.U.P.S.) of Turlock’s Westside Ministries will present “The Tabernacle” on May 3 and 4. The full-length dramatic dance production retells the story of the Israelites building the Tabernacle as found in the Book of Exodus. Told from the perspective of children, the production includes hundreds of hand-crafted costumes and multiple styles of dance, including aerial arts. 


The show will take place at Westside Ministries at 950 Columbia St. Showings will be at 7 p.m. on May 3 and at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. May 4. Admission is a $10 donation. As seating is limited, those interested in attending are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance.


For more information or to purchase tickets, call 209-667-9020, email C.U.P.S. at or visit


Triton Tries to Take Today, LightBox Theatre Company


Thanks to a grant from the Heartland Creative Corp., the LightBox Theatre Company — a non-profit theater organization whose mission is to bring quality, professional live drama to the youth in and around Turlock — will present their second free play of the year.


In Yokanaan Kearns’ latest play commissioned by LightBox, “Triton Tries to Take Today” deals with drought, climate change, flooding and the threat to the food chain. 


The production is slated to be shown from June 21-23 at the Carnegie Arts Center in Turlock. The Friday show is set for 7 p.m., while there will be 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. showings on Saturday and a 2 p.m. showing on Sunday.


Tickets can be reserved at


Mamma Mia! Auditions, Turlock Youth Performing Arts


Turlock Youth Performing Arts are looking for incoming high school freshmen and outgoing high school seniors to audition for their upcoming senior company show “Mamma Mia!” from July 26-28.


Auditions will be held at the Turlock Community Theater at 1574 E. Canal Dr. at 6 p.m. on May 6 and May 7. Auditions are held on a first-come, first-serve basis. Those interested should be prepared with a one minute acapella song to showcase vocal talent, and be prepared to read a short excerpt, which will be provided upon arrival. Callbacks will take place on May 9. There is a $250 tuition for those who made the cut and asked to participate in the production.

For more information on TYPA, head to

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