Radio humorist Garrison Keillor and comedian Joan Rivers are among the performers scheduled to appear in the Turlock Community Theatre's 2010-11 season.
Also coming to the venue are country act the Oak Ridge Boys, jazz musician Chris Botti and the Tony Award- nominated comedy-thriller "Alfred Hitchcock's The 39 Steps."
Los Lonely Boys is performing an extra show that is not part of the series.
"We're trying to keep it as diverse as we can, as usual," said Kit Casey, managing director of the theater.
Turlock Community Theatre seats just under 1,000 people and had about 300 season subscribers last year. This year for the first time, subscribers can elect to buy just four shows rather than all six, Casey said. Subscribers had said they often can't attend all or they don't like one or two of the performers.
This is the schedule:
Aug. 10 — Los Lonely Boys, a Texas trio of brothers known for the 2004 hit "Heaven." Extra show, not part of the season. $25-$45.
Sept. 20 — An Evening with Garrison Keillor, the best-selling author, columnist, musician and host of National Public Radio's "A Prairie Home Companion." This show will not be taped for the radio. Casey said Keillor is the performer patrons are most excited about. $45-$75.
Dec. 9 — The Oak Ridge Boys, a country act known for such 1980s songs as "Elvira" and "Bobbie Sue," will perform their greatest hits and Christmas favorites. $39-$65.
Jan. 22 — Chris Botti, a critically acclaimed jazz musician and trumpet virtuoso. He is back by popular demand after last performing at Turlock Community Theatre in 2008. $49-$69.
Feb. 2 — "Forever Plaid," a musical revue featuring some of the greatest hits of the 1950s. $25-$39.
April 17 — "Alfred Hitchcock's The 39 Steps," a comedy-thriller nominated for the 2008 Tony Award for best play.
May 7 — Joan Rivers, who has been performing her brash style of comedy for 50 years. Rivers' profile rose a bit this year with the release of the documentary "Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work," which was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.
A New York Times review wrote of the film: "This convulsively funny movie takes an up-close and sometimes queasy personal approach to its motormouth subject."
Season ticket packages range from $172 to $346; 668-1169 or www.turlocktheatre.org
Bee staff writer Lisa Millegan Renner can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 578-2313.