Cake, pirates shine in Folsom's Three Stages spotlight

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When:  8 p.m., Friday, May 31 and Saturday, June 1; 7 p.m., Sunday, June 2

Where:  Three Stages at Folsom Lake College, 10 College Parkway, Folsom

Cost:  $29-$39, premium $49



“The Pirates of Penzance”

When:  7:30 p.m., Thursday, May 9; 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., Friday, May 10

Where:  Three Stages at Folsom Lake College, 10 College Parkway, Folsom

Cost:  $29-$49, premium $59


FOLSOM, CA - Three Stages will end the month with a bang as Cake visits Folsom to perform for three special nights.

Cake founding member John McCrea said he is happy to be performing in the Sacramento region again.

“We haven’t performed in Sacramento in a while,” said McCrea. “We haven’t been able to find a good location with good acoustics in the region – so we have happy to be able to play at Three Stages.”

McCrea said it is hard to pinpoint a favorite memory during his 20-year history in the band, but he does remember all the interesting and odd moments that could only happen while performing and touring.

“I just like the weirdness of the band and all the fun that we have,” he said. “It’s all surreal.”

He said like any touring act, the job has its ups and downs.

“It’s great to play music, but it gets hard to perform regularly on tour. I’ve been doing it for more than 20 years,” McCrea said. “It’s a good argument for appreciating what you have. You may think one thing is so great and I have this dream job, but there is always a flip side. So I like to tell people to be in the here and now and live your life to the fullest.”

Cake started out as a local band in the early 1990s with their first radio hit “Rock ‘N’ Roll Lifestyle,” followed by classics such as “The Distance,” “Never There,” “Short Skirt/Long Jacket,” “Sick of You,” and more. The band has seven albums, including “Showroom of Compassion,” which was recorded in their solar-powered studio in Sacramento.

Cake will perform at 8 p.m. on Friday, May 31 and Saturday, June 1, and at 7 p.m. on Sunday, June 2, at Three Stages at Folsom Lake College, 10 College Parkway, Folsom. Tickets are $29-$39, with premium seats for $49.

May will also bring the “The Pirates of Penzance” to Three Stages for three performances.

Gilbert and Sullivan repertory ensemble performs “The Pirates of Penzance” to a full orchestra and chorus.

This exuberant piece of musical theater, directed and conducted by Albert Bergeret with choreography by Bill Fabris, is performed in its original format.

The plot centers on the dilemma of young Frederic who, as a child, was mistakenly apprenticed to the pirates until his 21st birthday. Since he was born a leap year, on Feb. 29, he is honor-bound to remain a pirate until the distant date of 1940, despite his moral objection to piracy.

“‘The Pirates of Penzance’ hardly needs an introduction,” said Bergeret. “Long before Joe Papp’s Broadway production and major motion picture added renewed popularity, this engaging operetta had established itself as one of the best loved pieces of musical theatre in the English speaking world. … I’m sure that will remain a staple of the Gilbert and Sullivan canon for as long as these classic operettas continue to enthrall the child in all of us.”

“The Pirates of Penzance” will be performed at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, May 9, and at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., Friday, May 10. Tickets are $29-$49, with premium seats for $59.

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