Holiday-themed shows abound on stages in Folsom Lake region

By: Don Chaddock, Managing Editor
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As the year wraps up, the theatrical season is still in full swing.

Chautauqua Playhouse

This Carmichael institution has a busy schedule in December with three productions.

“Scrooge,” the musical based on Charles Dickens’ classic “A Christmas Carol,” comes to life under the direction of Warren Harrison. The show runs at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, Dec. 7-23. There is one additional performance at 8 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 20.
Admission is $17 general and $10 for children age 12 and under.

The original production of “Scrooge” opened in 1978 in Cal Expo’s Golden Bear Playhouse, directed by Gary McFadyen and featuring Rodger Hoopman as Scrooge. Since then, “Scrooge” has played each holiday season to enthusiastic audiences throughout Northern California.

With Rodger Hoopman in the title role for his 33rd year, the current production will feature a company of local favorites including Salina Donek, Warren Harrison (who has performed the role of Bob Cratchit for the past 18 years), Chris Lamb, Karen Sandoval and many other local actors.

The production includes an original musical score by Hoopman and Rob Knable which “weaves about a dozen clever songs through the threads of the original story ... making the holiday musical a delight,” wrote Joanne Burkett in our sister paper, The Roseville Press Tribune. This year’s production will also include a new opening number written by director Harrison.

“Reindeer Revolution,” part of their children’s theater, runs at noon and 2 p.m. Saturdays, Dec. 8-22. All seats are $7.

For two performances only, you can catch their Old Time Radio production at 8 p.m., Nov. 30 and 2 p.m. Dec. 1. Tickets are $10 each.
They are located in the La Sierra Community Center at 5325 Engle Road in Carmichael. For more info, call (916) 489-7529 or visit

Imagination Theatre

The little theater at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville is offering “The Little Princess.”
Show times vary. It runs Nov. 30-Dec. 23, usually Thursdays through Sundays. Check for details, e-mail or call (530) 642-0404.

Olde Coloma Theatre

Get into the Christmas spirit with “Once Upon a North Pole Christmas” or “There’s No Business Like Snow Business.” The show runs through Dec. 23.

Plays are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday at Olde Coloma Theatre, 380 Monument Road, Coloma. Doors open 30 minutes prior to show time.

Tickets are $10 general, $5 children under 12, $9 for seniors. For reservations, call (530) 626-5282.

Sutter Street Theatre

I often refer to these folks as the busiest little theater in the region, and for good reason. After wrapping multiple productions in November, they launch right into a new slate of shows.

“Holiday in the Hills,” their annual tradition, pokes fun at figures plucked right from the history books of Folsom, including an editor of The Folsom Telegraph, Peter J. Hopper. Directed by Connie Mockenhaupt with musical direction by John Wilder, the show promises a few laughs along the way.

“Set in late 1800s in Folsom, this show features musical favorites and skits of the season with characters that either lived in or visited Folsom during the period,” their press release states.

The musical opens at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30 with regular performances at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 4 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 23. There will be extra performances at 7 p.m. Dec. 17-19.

“Madeline’s Christmas” hits the stage as part of their Family Holiday Series and is directed by Allen Schmeltz.

“Join Madeline and the 11 other little girls along with Mrs. Clavel, Monsieur Brun, Harsha, Mrs. Murphy and a very live little mouse on an adventure that takes them flying on magic carpets, singing delightful songs, and being reunited with their families for the Christmas season,” or so the press release states. Performances are 1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Dec. 8-30 with special weekday performances at 4 p.m. Dec. 17-21.

Tickets may be purchased by calling (916) 353-1001 or by visiting They are located at 717 Sutter St., Folsom.

Free Fall Stage

“A Charlie Brown Christmas” hits the stage donated by Victory Life Church, 800 Reading St., Folsom.

This is the third Charlie Brown show put on by Free Fall Stage (I reviewed one for The Folsom Telegraph). They always do a great job.

Show times are 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 30; 2, 4 and 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1; 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2; 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7; noon, 2 and 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8; 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14 and 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16. Tickets are $7 for all seats.

They are also offering a special kids show at noon on Dec. 15. Tickets are $10 are include snacks, craft stations and prizes. Seating is limited.

For info, call (916) 207-5606 or visit

Rocklin Community Theatre

This group is taking on “Oliver,” running at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Nov. 30-Dec. 16. Sunday matinees are 2 p.m. There is one additional matinee on Dec. 15 at 2 p.m.

Performances are at the Finnish Temperance Hall, 4090 Rocklin Road in Rocklin. Tickets range from $10-$33. For more information,  e-mail or call (916) 740-6229.

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