Holiday tradition geared to get you in spirit of season at Sutter Street Theatre

By: Don Chaddock, Managing Editor
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What:  “Holiday in the Hills”
Starring:  Eileen Beaver, Cassidy Cagney, Ashlie Chimero, Jackie Clauson, Gabrielle Collins, Lexi Espinoza, Dian Hoel, Alex Hogy, Hannah Hurst, Sage Innerarity, Mike Jimena, Connie Mockenhaupt, Bob Sedgwick, Brady Tait, Bob Walatka and John Wilder
When: 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday;
special 7 p.m. shows Dec. 1, 17-19
Where: Sutter Street Theatre, 717 Sutter St., Folsom
Tickets: $23 general, $21 seniors and SARTA, $18 students, $15 children 12 and younger
Info: (916) 353-1001,
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

“Holiday in the Hills” is becoming a tradition in Folsom. The annual show, now in its seventh year, combines traditional and not-so-traditional Christmas tunes presented from characters plucked from the region’s history books.

Dancing, singing, skits and more make the show a family friendly affair.

The ages of the cast range from pre-teen to well-beyond-teen and “fun” seems to be the driving force behind the show.

I’ve caught this one before, in previous years, but I think they’re really starting to gel after so many years. The show varies from year to year as songs, skits and some characters are replaced to keep things fresh.

One of the standouts for me is Cassidy Cagney as young Ida Hood, daughter of the operator of the Western Exchange House. Cassidy is 15 and is a sophomore at Folsom High School. This is her third go-round with “Holiday in the Hills.”

Hannah Hurst, as Irma Levy, continues to shine in the spotlight. The young lady has a few solo songs and is always a joy to watch.

Sage Innerarity, 13, plays Francis Hood, the eldest daughter of the owner of the Western Exchange House. This is Sage’s fourth season doing “Holidays in the Hills” and she never disappoints when on stage.

Alex Hogy, as candy store owner Ab Fleckenstein, is a crack-up, especially when he ad-libbed a few lines while performing a song with Hannah. Hogy attends Folsom Lake College.

John Wilder on piano is a delight. He tickles the ivory throughout the show, not missing a beat.

I highly recommend seeing this one to get you in the Christmas spirit. It runs through Dec. 23.