Sixties biz, musical revue and Grimm tale hit regional stages

Folsom Lake Entertainer
By: Don Chaddock, Managing Editor
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Well, I’ve done the research to save our readers time. Here’s a list of some of my choices in the region for May. Enjoy.

Chautauqua Playhouse

5325 Engle Road, Carmichael, (916) 489-7529,

Running May 10-June 16, “Showtunes” is a musical conceived by Paul Gilger with usic and Lyrics by Jerry Herman. They are producing this one in Association with Sutter Street Theatre in Folsom.

“This fast paced revue takes you on a tuneful journey featuring 40 of Herman’s greatest songs,” according to organizers. After the show ends its run in Carmichael, it will extend its run at Sutter Street Theatre by four more weeks. Tickets are $21 for adults, $19 for students, seniors and SARTA. Learn more at

Old Coloma Theatre

380 Monument Road, Coloma,  (530) 626-5282,

“A Pennysworth Is More Than You Think” or “Trains, Plots, and Dirt Lots” runs May 3-June 2 at Old Coloma Theatre in Coloma on Friday and Saturday nights at 8 p.m. They are also offering 2 p.m. matinees May 19, 26 and June 2. Doors open 30 minutes prior to show time. Tickets are $10 for general admission, $9 for seniors and $5 for children.

Free Fall Stage

800 Reading St., Folsom, Performances in rented space at Victory Life Church,

Mark Twain’s tales get a Free Fall take in “Telling Twain,” running May 3-19. Days and times vary, so visit their website.

El Dorado Musical Theatre

Performances at Three Stages, 10 College Parkway, Folsom, (916) 941-7464,

Check out “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” through May 5. The show opened to rave reviews in mid-April. For show times and tickets, visit

Sutter Street Theatre

717 Sutter St., Folsom, (916) 353-1001,

“The Big Bang” runs at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday, April 27-May 19. “Visiting Mr. Greene” replaces that one, starting up May 25 and running through part of June.

The Grimm fairy tale “Hansel and Gretel” is in the spotlight for the young people’s show, at 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday through May 19.

If you have a show you’d like to see included, be sure to send the details via e-mail to Don Chaddock at Include photos (not posters or flyers) if you have them.