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Tuxedos, gowns, glamor shine at theater fundraiser in Folsom

By: Don Chaddock, Managing Editor
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An evening of elegance and Hollywood-style glamor was on display Saturday night in the Folsom Historic District.

A black-tie optional fundraiser for the non-profit Sutter Street Theatre drew about 100 Feb. 9 for the third annual Steppin Out for Sutter Street Theatre gala.

Mike Jimena, with the theater, said the concept for the fundraiser came about three years ago.

"There aren't too many of these types of events in Folsom, where people can get dressed up in their finest," he said. "It's just a nice evening to celebrate the arts and theater in Folsom."

The cozy theater on Sutter Street isn't large enough to accommodate the amount of attendees so for the first two years it was held at Lake Natoma Inn. This year it was moved to the community hall at Trinity Church at Wool and Figueroa streets.

"We wanted to keep it in the historic district," Jimena said.

The theater draws more than 15,000 people each year to Folsom, according to event organizers.

"Performers, patrons and students regularly come from Sacramento, Auburn, Woodland, Roseville, Loomis, Rocklin, Lincoln, Cameron Park, Elk Grove, Davis, Chico, Fairfield, Galt, Stockton and Reno," said Connie Mockenhaupt, the theater's artistic director. "Sutter Street Theatre has become a stop for many groups passing through Northern California. In this last year we have booked groups from London, England; Vancouver, Canada; Los Angeles, Illinois, New York, Minnesota, Connecticut, Kentucky and Iowa, all of which used hotels, restaurants and other businesses in the Folsom area."

In 2012, there were 325 performances at the theater.

"I've been a supporter of Sutter Street Theatre since they came to town," said Kerri Howell, with the Folsom City Council. "This is a very vital part of our community, the arts in Folsom. Remember, they were the predecessor to Three Stages (at Folsom Lake College)."

Learn more about the theater at www.SutterStreetTheatre.com.