Sutter Street Theatre tops Elly nominations

By: Bill Sullivan, Associate Publisher
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One of Folsom’s live theater groups is celebrating in a big way this week following, the announcement of the 2017-18 Elly award nominations by the Sacramento Area Regional Theatre Alliance (SARTA) Sunday evening.

The Sutter Street Theatre bested 73 different theater companies this year with the most overall nominations. This feat comes just one year after they were among the top six in entries last year.

This year, Sutter Street Theatre tops the charts with an impressive 41 nominations overall.

They are joined locally in nomination by Folsom Lake College’s Falcon Eye Theater, who Folsom High School and both Vista del Lago and Oak Ridge High School who also received nominations.

Sutter Street Theatre earned nominations for five adult productions and 36 youth productions.  The theater is in its 11th year of operation, located in the heart of Folsom’s Historic District.  They have been voted the “Best of the Best” local live theater by readers of the Folsom Telegraph year after year.

“We are very proud and honored to receive 41 Elly nominations for excellence in theater,” said Allen Schmeltz, artistic associate director for Sutter Street Theatre. “Being acknowledged for something we love doing just further reinforces our goal to provide high-quality entertainment for our patrons and especially for the young people who attend.”

Sutter Street Theatre was among 422 Elly nominees for the 2016-17 season. The nominees were announced at an informal nomination reception on Sunday, Aug. 13, at the Howe Avenue Theater in Sacramento. More than 100 actors, directors, technicians and producers were on hand to listen excitedly for their names to be called. 

Overall, 247 shows were submitted by 73 different theater companies. Fifty-six theaters and 116 productions received nominations. This marks the fifth straight year that, Sutter Street Theatre was among the top six community theatre groups in the Sacramento region receiving the most nominations, coming in second to the Roseville Arts Academy.

Sutter Street Theatre was nominated in numerous categories including overall production, choreography, costume, lighting and set design, direction and leading as well as supporting roles.

The Falcon’s Eye Theater’s nominations included the categories of direction, set, lighting and sound design as well as leading and supporting roles and overall production.

Folsom High School’s youth drama department was recognized for direction, set and lighting design along with leading and supporting roles.

Oak Ridge High School was nominated for supporting roles while Vista del Lago High School was nominated for direction.

The Elly Awards are named after the late Eleanor McClatchy, a devoted patron of the arts and former publisher of the Sacramento Bee. For more than 36 years, the Elly Awards celebrate excellence and the outstanding achievements of community theaters and artists in the Greater Sacramento Area. In recent years, they have grown from a local Sacramento tradition to now include theaters within a 70-mile radius.

In honor of the 36th annual Elly Awards, SARTA will be hosting two ceremonies this September, according to a media announcement.

The Youth Elly Award ceremony will beat 7 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 9 at Cosumnes Oaks High School Performing Arts Center in Elk Grove. Tickets for the Youth Ellys are available at

The Adult Elly Award ceremony will be at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 23 at The Center at 2300, 2300 Sierra Blvd in Sacramento. Adult Elly tickets will go on sale on Tuesday, Sept. 4 at

For more information, go to or call 916-443-8229.

A complete list of nominees can be found here: