Three Stages unveils new season

Kris Kristofferson one of many acts to grace stage in Folsom
By: Don Chaddock Telegraph Managing Editor
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The first three months for Three Stages were a whirlwind of productions, but that was only a taste of things to come. On Friday, the region’s newest performing and visual arts center unveiled their first full season of shows. Three Stage Executive Director Dave Pier said he’s excited about the lineup. “We’re bursting at the seams,” he said. “There’s so much going on. Once we get going, there isn’t an open weekend for months.” He said while many enjoyed stars such as Roseanne Cash and Hal Holbrook’s “Mark Twain Tonight” during the mini-season, there are many more big names coming. “Some of the larger shows are ‘Stomp’ … and Monty Python’s ‘Spamalot,’ the national tour of the Broadway show,” Pier said. “Our first comedian is Dana Carvey (and) later we have Jonathan Winters.” Folsom is easily connected with the late singer Johnny Cash. His daughter performed at Three Stages earlier this year. Now, one of his former Highwaymen bandmates, Kris Kristofferson, will also grace the center’s stage on Monday, Oct. 3. He said the center was well received by the region at large with more than 40,000 passing through the doors during the first three months with more than $1 million in ticket sales. “I was really pleased with the reception,” he said. “We really got feedback that our prices were reasonable. Public sales for the new shows start at 1 minute past midnight early Saturday morning (online at” Ticket sales may be purchased in person at the box office starting at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 1. “We have a lot of community partners coming in,” Pier said. “We’re clearly on the map for the regional arts organizations.” While he’s proud of the season’s lineup, he’s not resting. “We’re looking at a pretty full season,” he said. “We’re already starting to plan for the 2012-2013 season.” The new season kicks off with “In the Mood.” “It’s a show that’s been developed over 17 years,” Pier said. THREE STAGES Where: Folsom Lake College, 10 College Parkway, Folsom Box Office: (916) 608-6888 or ON THE STAGE Aug. 27-28 “In the Mood” September 14 Staff Benda Bilili 16 Keyboard Conversation: Beethoven 23 National Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China 30 Sacramento World Music and Dance Festival Kick-off October 3 Kris Kristofferson 7-9 STOMP 18 The Miles Davis Experience November 17-19 Monty Python’s Spamalot 20 Dana Carvey December 2 An Irish Christmas 3 Compañia Flamenca Jose Porcel 4 100 Years of Broadway 5 Eddie Palmieri Salsa Orchestra January 14 Keyboard Conversation: A Century Celebration 20 Diavolo 21 Mark Hummel’s Blues Harmonica Blowout 27 International Guitar Night 29 LUMA February 2 Chamber Orchestra Kremlin 3-5 Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance 10 Moscow Festival Ballet: Swan Lake 22 Keyboard Conversation: Romantic Liszt March 2-4 J-Walt’s Spontaneous Fantasia 9 Jonathan Winters & Friends 10 David Munnelly Band 11 Playing for Change Band 16 Tschaikowski St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra 17-18 BLAST! 22 Savion Glover: SoLo in TiME April 10-12 The Color Purple 13 It’s Magic 14 Bobby Hutcherson Quintet May 11 India Jazz Suites 19 Keyboard Conversation: Russian Rapture