Local theaters offer arsenic, gin, drag and a jungle

By: Don Chaddock, Folsom Lake Entertainer
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The theatrical scene is always a good one in our region and this month offers many choices ranging from comedy to drama.

El Dorado Musical Theatre

I’ve always given high marks for El Dorado Musical Theatre so it’s a pleasure to see they have a production scheduled in July.

“Honk: The Ugly Duckling Musical” runs July 6-22 at Three Stages at Folsom Lake College, 10 College Parkway, Folsom.

This is one of their “rising star” productions, with actors ranging in age from 6-14.

There are so many kids involved, they are split into two casts: “sunnyside” and “scrambled.” Zach Wilson is the lead in both casts, taking on the role of Ugly. Other familiar cast names include Allie Frew as Cat and Kylie Adams as Maureen.

The show runs at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets range from $12 to $20 and are available online at

Sutter Street Theatre

The little theater in Folsom’s Historic District offers five different productions in July.

Wrapping up production is the hilarious “Leading Ladies.” I rated this show five out of five stars in a Folsom Telegraph review. Starring Ryan Adame and Michael Coleman, expect nothing short of excellence. The plot is of two down-on-their-luck Shakespearean actors who attempt to claim the inheritance of a woman who has been searching for her long lost nieces. The two men masquerade as females, but love gets in the way. This is one of those “can’t miss it” productions. It runs at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday, through July 8.

“Gin Game” also wraps production. The play is about a gin rummy game and the conversations around the game. Featuring a solid cast such as Stephen Kauffman and Hazel Johnson (who is also great in “Leading Ladies”), the performances are at 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday through July 15.

Opening in July are performances of “Our Town” playing at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday, July 13 through Aug. 5. You’ll also find “The Jungle Book” at 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 21-Aug. 12, and “Those Marvelous Wonderettes” at 7 p.m. Thursday, 4 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday running July 19 through Aug. 26.

All performances are at Sutter Street Theatre, 717 Sutter St., Folsom. For more information, visit or call (916) 353-1001.

Chautauqua Playhouse

The classic “Arsenic and Old Lace” gets the Chautauqua treatment this month, running through July 22.

The theatrical group was formed in 1975 and performs in the La Sierra Community Center, 5325 Engle Road, Carmichael.

Their current production is an American classic penned by Joseph Kesselring. The play focuses on two elderly ladies who take in tenants, kill them and bury their bodies in the basement.

The show runs at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $19 for general admission, $17 for seniors and SARTA members.

For more information, call (916) 489-7529 or visit

Roseville Theatre Arts Academy

Over in Roseville you’ll find a production of “Twelfth Night,” a Shakespeare classic, but set in the old west.

The show runs at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, with special matinee shows at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 22 and Saturday, July 28. The entire shows runs July 20-28.

Tickets are $12 at the door at Roseville Theater, 241 Vernon St., Roseville. For more information, visit or call (916) 772-2777.

Olde Coloma Theatre

The little theater nestled in the birthplace of California’s Gold Rush, the Olde Coloma Theatre at 380 Monument Road, Coloma, currently features “Roman Romanni’s Extraordinary Exhibits” or “Don’t Judge a Crook by Its Cover.” The play runs June 29 through July 29 at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday.

Tickets are $10 for general admission, $5 for children 12 and under and $9 for seniors. To reserve seats, call (530) 626-5282.

Placer Community Theater

In Auburn, you’ll find a production of “9 to 5: The Musical,” presented by Placer Community Theater

Two politicos, who happen to be brothers, are also in the show. Mike Holmes, who has served as Auburn’s mayor and vice mayor (as well as taking a stab at running in the 3rd Congressional District race several years ago) takes a spot alongside his brother, Jim Holmes, who serves on the Placer County Board of Supervisors. Mike plays “Mr. Tinsworthy” and Jim plays “The Doctor.”

Others in the show include Allyson Finn as Violet Newstead, Jeanette Albrecht as Doralee Rhodes, Lyra Dominguez as Judy Bernly, Kathleen Brace as Roz Kieth and Philip Jacques as the nasty Franklin Hart, Jr.

Show times are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 27-Aug. 11. All shows are performed at The Auburn Placer Performing Arts Center (in the State Theater building), 985 Lincoln Way, Auburn. For more information, call (530) 852-2708 or visit

Three Stages at Folsom Lake College

Jim Meskimen presents his show, “Jimpressions” for a one-night only engagement at Folsom’s Three Stages, 10 College Parkway, Folsom. Tickets are $17-$21 for the 7:30 p.m., July 25 show. Tickets and information are available at

While not “theater,” a night of Cajun music is just as good. Carrera Productions presents Cajun night at Three Stages featuring BeauSoleil Quartet with Michael Doucet as well as Tom Rigney & Flambeau at 7:30 p.m., July 28. Tickets are $20-$40 available at

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