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Local theater options abound this weekend

By: Don Chaddock Telegraph Managing Editor
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For those looking for live theatre this weekend, the area offers plenty of options ranging from a holiday-themed production to pirates to a Neil Simon penned story. El Dorado Musical Theatre goes ghostly with “A Christmas Carol,” opening Friday at the Jill Solberg Theatre at Folsom High School. For those who think they may know the story of Scrooge backward and forward, a few twists could be in store for theatergoers. “I think we have some surprises,” said Wade Sherman, executive director of El Dorado Musical Theatre. “It’s rare to have the kind of production values we have at a local level. … Scrooge and the ghosts will fly and there will be snow on the stage. That’s something you’d expect to see (at a larger theater).” Two separate 55-member casts, dubbed Holly and Mistletoe, mean 110 actors bring the play to life in separate performances. “It’s a great story and everyone knows it,” Sherman said. “It’s a story about redemption.” Sherman warned that small children may “find the ghosts scary” and urged parents to use their best judgment. The show runs through Dec. 5 and tickets start at $12. For more on the show, including show times, visit edmt.info or call 941-7464. Sutter Street Theatre wraps up production of “Prisoner of Second Avenue.” The play is in its final weekend, with performances at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday at the theater at 717 Sutter St. in Folsom. “It’s a Neil Simon comedy, so of course it’s funny,” said Mike Jimena, with the theater. “It’s also very poignant for the times. It’s about someone getting close to retirement age and then trying to figure out what to do.” Jimena said the lead actor, Steve Kauffman, is a familiar face for locals. “For two years running, he has received the best actor in a comedy award from the Ellys,” Jimena said. “He’s a retired judge from this region who comes up two to three times a year to do shows.” The play also features Eileen Beaver, Laure Olson, Hazel Johnson, John Heinlein and Connie Mockenhaupt. Admission is $23 for adults, $21 for seniors and SARTA, $18 for students and $15 for children. Also at Sutter Street Theatre is the play “Treasure Island,” running through Nov. 28. It was reviewed in last week’s Telegraph. For more on that play, visit folsomtelegraph.com and keyword search “treasure island.” For more information on Sutter Street Theatre plays, visit sutterstreettheatre.com or call (916) 353-1001. * * * KNOW AND GO What: “A Christmas Carol” presented by El Dorado Musical Theatre When: Through Dec. 5, times vary Where: Jill Solberg Theatre, Folsom High School Cost: Tickets start at $12 Info: edmt.info, 941-7464 * * * KNOW AND GO What: “Prisoner of Second Avenue” When: 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday, 4 p.m. on Sunday Where: Sutter Street Theatre, 717 Sutter St., Folsom Cost: $23 general, $21 seniors and SARTA, $18 students, $15 children Info: (916) 353-1001