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Public gets first glimpse of arts center

By: Don Chaddock Telegraph Managing Editor
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City and school officials turned out for the ribbon cutting and open house at Three Stages at Folsom Lake College on Friday afternoon. Over the three-day open house, college officials estimate more than 1,500 walked through the doors to take a self-guided tour of the $50-million, 80,000-square-foot facility. The Moyers drove down the hill from Placerville to check it out. “I’m really excited about it,” said Jas Moyer. “We have tickets for a couple of shows and we’re looking forward to that.” Her husband said having the facility in Folsom means they will spend less time on the road. “It’s going to be great,” said Dan Moyer. “We enjoy live performances and driving to downtown Sacramento or the Mondavi (in Davis) is a long drive. This is really beautiful.” Folsom City Manager Kerry Miller toured the facility, obviously excited about the entertainment draw. “There will be something for everybody at this theater,” he said. “The variety will be amazing.” Lisa Ferrari, a volunteer docent at the arts center, described the recital hall for those wandering through Friday night. “This is the smallest of the venues and it seats up to 100 people,” she said. “The uses envisioned are recitals. It has excellent acoustics. The curtains on the walls can be pulled back for different acoustical effects.” She said poetry readings, spoken word performances, films and presentations are all suitable for the hall. “It can also be rented for business presentations,” she said. Susan Bobbin, another volunteer at the arts center, said the open house had been popular. “It was very busy earlier,” she said of the crowd coming through. “When they did the ribbon cutting, it was packed.” She said she was excited about having the facility nearby. “It’s nice to have something so close to home,” Bobbin said. “I hate driving to Sacramento or San Francisco. I’m so happy they put this here.” The main auditorium seats 850. The second theater, known as City Studio Theater, seats 200. The third, known as the recital hall, seats 100. The facility also offers a recording studio and the Black Box Theater, which can be used to present smaller performances or offer dinners, according to the website. There are also two lecture rooms, a drama lab and a visual arts room available. Near the main auditorium is an art gallery. Three Stages at Folsom Lake College features “A Chorus Line” Feb. 11-13 and Folsom Lake Symphony Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 14. For tickets, visit threestages.net. Don Chaddock can be reached at donc@goldcountrymedia.com.