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An Easter beagle, ‘Oklahoma,’ nuns and an ‘Odd Couple’ offered in Folsom

Folsom Lake Entertainer
By: Don Chaddock, Folsom Lake Entertainer
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Once again, the region abounds with local theatrical offerings in April. El Dorado Musical Theatre The local talent in this youth group shines and when they put on “Oklahoma,” expect to be dazzled. I’ve been very impressed by their efforts lately so I’m sure this will be one more great production. It runs April 20-May 6 on the main stage at Three Stages at Folsom Lake College, 10 College Parkway, Folsom. Debbie Wilson, choreographer and director of the show, said it’s always a scramble to put on the spring show because it comes so close on the heels of their last show, “42nd Street,” which just wrapped March 4. “We don’t have a lot of time to put this show together,” Wilson said during the second week of rehearsals in mid-March. “Between our Encore show and this spring show, it’s always tight, but it’s OK. We make it work.” Wilson is very familiar with “Oklahoma,” the first play penned by the collaboration of Rodgers and Hammerstein that premiered on Broadway March 31, 1943. “I’ve done ‘Oklahoma’ many times,” she said. “The fist time I choreographed this show was in 1975. Rick (Wilson), my brother, was my Dream Curly. In this go around, his son (Andrew) is my Dream Curly. This is the first time I’ve directed and choreographed it. I just love it.” If people aren’t familiar with the show, or have never seen an EDMT production, sit back and have fun. “They should expect a great story and a lot of hoopin’ and hollerin’ and great fun numbers in it,” Wilson said. “They should expect some great dancing and a beautiful love story.” She said “Oklahoma” is a great “date” play. “I think it appeals to both sexes,” she said. “It’s such a classic and we don’t do a ton of those. It’s part of our cultural literacy in America. The show changed the face of American musical theater because it was the fist time that dance and song also propelled the plot. Before, they had been more separate from each other. This time it drives it forward. There is also a dream ballet … they had not used dance in this way before when it’s used as a psychological examination of the character. That’s why so many shows had dream ballets after ‘Oklahoma.’” Heather Clark, one of the leads playing Ado Annie Carnes, said rehearsals are going pretty well, but there is still a long way to go. “I’m enjoying them,” she said. “I was never a big fan of the show before I auditioned for it. After doing call-backs and stuff, I’m going to enjoy (‘Oklahoma’) and appreciate it.” The 20-year-old Folsom Lake College student said she is focusing on her education for now and isn’t planning to do any acting or theater after school. For more on the musical, including show times and ticket prices, visit edmt.info or threestages.net. Sutter Street Theatre The cozy theater at 717 Sutter St., Folsom, has a full slate of shows in April. The comedic romp, “Nunsense II: The Second Coming,” runs through April 22 at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday. “Tomfoolery” ends April 1 with a 7 p.m. showing. “The Adventures of Peter Cottontail” runs through April 29 with showings at 1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Finally, “The Odd Couple” opens 8 p.m. Friday, April 27. It shows at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 4 p.m. Sundays through May 27. For ticket prices and more information, visit sutterstreettheatre.com or call (916) 353-1001. T.H.E. Actors Workshop The theatrical group performing at stage provided by Victory Life Church, 800 Reading St., Folsom, brings “It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown” to life. The group performs at 7 p.m. March 30; noon, 2 and 4 p.m. March 31; 4 p.m. April 1; 7 p.m. April 6; 4 p.m. April 8. There is a special 9 a.m. kids’ show on April 7. All shows are $7 except for the special April 7 show, which includes snacks, at $10 per person. For more, or to make reservations, visit actorsworkshop.net/tickets or call (916) 207-5606. Follow Don Chaddock on Twitter @anewsguy.