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Folsom Lake region's theatrical scene offers variety

By: Don Chaddock, Managing Editor
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From Shakespeare to Sherlock, there is plenty of variety offered in November.

Falcon’s Eye Theatre

This month, we’re highlighting Folsom Lake College’s Theatre Arts Department’s production of “Romeo and Juliet,” running Nov. 2-18 at Three Stages, 10 College Parkway, Folsom.

The group “will showcase the contemporary relevance of Shakespeare’s classic tale of two feuding families.”

“Romeo and Juliet” is directed by Folsom Lake College Producing Artistic Director David Harris, and features Bonnie Antonini, Ethan Cockrill, Kim Golubev, Patrick Gonzales, Cathy Hardin-Schau, Tony Hutto, Steve Mackay, Alyssa Mathews, Paul Scott, Dale Tagtmeyer and Brennan Villados.

Folsom Lake College instructor Ian Wallace serves as production designer and technical director, with Rebecca Redmond providing costume designs. Les Solomon is the lighting and sound designer.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays ($10 students and seniors; $15 general admission). In addition, a 2 p.m. matinee will be performed Nov. 3, as well as a 7:30 p.m. performance Nov. 8 (with all student tickets discounted to $5, with appropriate identification).

Tickets are available on the Three Stages website at threestages.net. Find the title “Productions at Three Stages” and click on the words “Falcon’s Eye Theatre Presents.” Tickets may also be purchased by phone at (916) 608-6888. You can also get your tickets in person at the Three Stages box office.

Sutter Street Theatre

I refer to this troupe as the busiest little theater in the Sacramento region and that’s for good reason. After multiple shows in October, they are settling down somewhat in their November offerings.

Agatha Christie’s “The Mousetrap” takes its place in the spotlight at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2-25.

“The author comes forth with another hit about a group of strangers stranded in a boarding house during a snow storm, one of whom is a murderer,” according to the theater’s press release on the production. “‘The Mousetrap’ opened in the West End of London in 1952, and has been running continuously since then. It has the longest initial run of any play in history, with over 24,500 performances so far. It is the longest running show (of any type) of the modern era. The play is also known for its twist ending, which the audiences are traditionally asked not to reveal after leaving the theater.”

They are also offer “The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes,” a play penned by B Street Theatre’s resident artist, Jerry Montoya. That runs at 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday through Nov. 25.

“This will be only the second time the play (has been) performed,” according to organizers. “It is the time honored story about the sleuth Sherlock Holmes as he battles the nefarious Dr. Moriarty.”

For more information and tickets, call (916) 353-1001 or visit sutterstreettheatre.com.

Chautauqua Playhouse

Directed by Jon Jackson, “Rehearsal for Murder” runs through Nov. 18 at the playhouse in Carmichael. The show runs at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday.

“At its opening night, exactly a year ago and in this same theater, the beautiful leading lady, who was also the playwright’s fiancée, was murdered,” or so the story goes. “As these people start with the new play, startling connections to the murder begin to unfold. The growing tension reaches the boiling point with surprising revelations, countered by others even more surprising. The dazzling, yet basically logical twists build to a climax and solution that are theatrically stunning.”

The theater is located at 5235 Engle Road, Carmichael. For tickets, call (916) 489-7529 or visit cplayouse.org.

Imagination Theatre

The theater has one show in November of “The Little Princess,” opening at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 30. Admission is $10. We’ll get more in depth with this one next month as the play mainly runs in December. They are located in the El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville.
Learn more at imagination-theater.org.

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