Sutter Street Theatre crew strikes gold at California State Fair

By: Telegraph Staff
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Local production company Mikon Productions received numerous medals and recognition at the California State Fair in multiple counties this year, and they are celebrating.

Owners Mike Jimena and Connie Mockenhaupt, who also founded the Sutter Street Theatre, focus on exhibit and set design with specialized art projects through their production company. Their main emphasis for the past two decades has been the county exhibits at the California State Fair.

Mikon received four silver medals in Colusa, El Dorado, Sacramento and Santa Cruz Counties, along with gold medals for Mendocino and Solano Counties. Mendocino also received a special award for Best Visitor Experience and Solano County received an award for Best Agricultural Display. Jimena also designed and constructed the display for the California Strawberry Association.

This year was unique in the fact that there were three generations of Jimenas and Mockenhaupts working on the projects. Jimena’s daughters, Devin LePage – video and digital design editing and display design – and Dena Jimena – project management – were integral in the completion and success of the projects.

Helpers included five grandkids that were the heart of the Mikon crew: Ally Levy, 16, Joseph LePage, 15, Dani Levy, 14, Keira LePage, 13, and Thomas LePage, 12.

The LePage family also handled all the daily maintenance for the exhibits (along with two other counties’ exhibits). All five attend Natomas Charter Performing Arts Academy at which Devin teaches dance, Mockenhaupt was founding coordinator and Jimena taught art and stagecraft.

In addition, Sutter Street Theatre friends and staff, Ron Eckeland, Eric Hurst, Dave Sobe and Eileen Beaver were part of the team.