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From Camelot to musicals, Folsom's Sutter Street Theatre offers variety

Steppin' Out for Sutter Street Theatre fundraiser slated for Jan. 28
By: Don Chaddock, Folsom Lake Entertainer
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FOLSOM, CA - Tucked away on a historic street in Folsom, a small performing arts theater is abuzz with activity. Sets are taken down to make way for new shows, auditions are held for upcoming performances and classes are offered to aspiring actors, dancers and singers. All is under the watchful eyes of Connie Mockenhaupt and Mike Jimena, who run Sutter Street Theatre, a non-profit theater in Folsom. While they may be the “faces” of the theater, they are quick to point out the hard work of those involved in the theater. The intimate theatrical venue boasts 24 different productions in their new season as well as a major gala fundraiser. “Each show costs us thousands of dollars before we even open the doors,” said Mockenhaupt. “The gala (Steppin’ Out for Sutter Street Theatre on Jan. 28) gives us a kick off.” Jimena said the high-end, black-tie optional fundraiser features a red carpet, paparazzi, dancing, music, desserts and auction. It’s the second year for the gala and they hope it will grow larger each year. “Our idea was to do an event that was high class and we promote it with the historic business district and the chamber of commerce,” he said. “Even though it’s a fundraiser for us, we want it to be a district event. … The fact the historic district would have this gala, it would be something to look forward to like Folsom Live or the Tree Lighting.” For live theater in Folsom on a regular basis, Sutter Street Theatre is just about the only option. “We have 24 shows in 2012,” said Jimena. “It’s probably the most aggressive season of anybody in the region.” In January, the theater will offer two shows, “Musical of Musicals” and “The Adventures of Young King Arthur.” Directed by Michael Coleman, “Musical of Musicals” takes a comical look at stereotypical storylines. “It’s so funny,” Mockenhaupt said. “It’s a story done five different ways (in different musical styles). It’s very fun and corny.” Jimena is taking the director’s chair for “The Adventures of Young King Arthur.” He is known for theatrical special effects that range from cannons firing in sea battles to magic wands that spark. “Brady Tait will be Arthur,” Jimena said of the Sutter Street Theatre regular. “Basically, Merlin does a spell and modern-day kids end up in Camelot. There will be knights and lots of special effects.” * * * KNOW AND GO Steppin’ Out for Sutter Street Theatre What: Fundraiser benefits non-profit theater When: 6-11 p.m., Jan. 28 Where: Sierra Ballroom at Lake Natoma Inn, 702 Gold Lake Drive, Folsom Tickets: $50 per person * * * “Musical of Musicals” When: 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 6-Feb. 5 Tickets: $23 general, $21 seniors/SARTA, $18 students, $15 children 12 and under AND ... “Adventures of Young King Arthur” When: 1 p.m. Saturday, Sunday, Jan. 14-Feb. 5 Tickets: $17 general, $15 seniors /SARTA, $13 children 12 and under Where: (both shows) 717 Sutter St., Folsom Info: (916) 353-1001, sutterstreetheatre.com