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Sutter Street Theatre in Folsom, CA

Sutter Street Theatre in Folsom, CA – Off-Broadway Series features musicals, comedies, musical revues, mysteries and featured entertainers in an intimate, 60 seat theatre.

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The Best Man

November 8th – December 1st
Fridays at 7:30 PM
Saturdays & Sundays at 4:30 PM
Saturday, November 9th at 7:30 PM

Book by Gore Vidal

Directed by Janelle Kauffman

Rated: PG

William Russell, the ex-Secretary of State, is a wit and scholar with high liberal principles, beloved of the eggheads and suspected by practical politicians. Joseph Cantwell is a ruthless and hard-driving young man, a dirty fighter who will let no scruples stand in the way of his ambitions. And Arthur Hockstader is an ex-President, who loves politics for their own sake, admires a rough-and-tumble battler more than a chivalrous one, and is determined to have the final say in the selection of his party’s candidate…The ruthless young man has got hold of papers indicating that his rival once suffered from a mental crackup, which he is all set to use. Then his scrupulous antagonist comes across some incriminating evidence about Cantwell, which he is loath to produce. The scruples don’t appeal to the ex-President, who enjoys seeing the boys fight. All of this provides the framework for some vivid and interesting scenes in which Mr. Vidal contrasts the minds, emotions and fighting spirits of the two candidates…”

Produced in partnership with Kauffman’s Give Us A Hand Productions

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The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940

May 24th – June 23rd
Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30 PM
Sundays at 4:30 PM
Saturday, June 8th at 2 PM

Book by John Bishop

Directed by Connie Mockenhaupt

Rated: PG

The creative team responsible for a recent Broadway flop (in which three chorus girls were murdered by the mysterious “Stage Door Slasher”) assemble for a backer’s audition of their new show at the Westchester estate of a wealthy “angel.” The house is replete with sliding panels, secret passageways, and a German maid who is apparently four different people—all of which figure diabolically in the comic mayhem which follows when the infamous “Slasher” makes his reappearance and strikes again—and again. As the composer, lyricist, actors, and director prepare their performance, and a blizzard cuts off any possible retreat, bodies start to drop in plain sight, knives spring out of nowhere, masked figures drag their victims behind swiveling bookcases, and accusing fingers point in all directions!

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Holiday in the Hills

December 7th – December 23rd
Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30 PM
Sundays at 4:30 PM
plus special weekday performances!

Original work by Connie Mockenhaupt & Mike Jimena

Directed by Connie Mockenhaupt
Music Direction by Johnny Wilder

Rated: G

Holiday In The Hills is Sutter Street Theatre’s love letter to the Holiday Season; It takes place in the late 1800’s (give or take a year or two) right here on Sutter Street where the residents of the town and surrounding areas have gotten together for a party to celebrate the season. A lot of research went into the people and places that preceded us in the late 1800’s, and everyone you see onstage was an actual resident or visitor to Folsom at that time of year. Seeing a performance of Holiday In The Hills will put you and your family in the holiday spirit or we’ll give your money back, guaranteed!

Produced in partnership with Kauffman’s Give Us A Hand Productions

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Evil Dead The Musical 2024

September 27th – November 3rd
Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30 PM
Sundays at 7:00 PM
Thursday, October 31st at 7:00 PM

Book by George Reinblatt
Music & Lyrics by Frank Cipolla, Christopher Bond, Melissa Morris and George Reinblatt

Directed by Mike Jimena
Music Direction by Connie Mockenhaupt

Rated: Mature

“It’s an old tale. You’ve probably heard it a hundred times. Boy and his friends go on a week-long vacation in the woods. Three friends turn into Candarian demons. One friend is killed by a forest of evil trees. Two demons are killed by their boyfriends, respectively, while one stays in the cellar trying to kill everything in sight. Like I said… pretty standard stuff.”

Evil Dead: The Musical takes all the elements of the cult classic films, The Evil Dead, Evil Dead 2, and Army of Darkness and combines them for one of the craziest, funniest, and bloodiest theatrical experiences of all time. Did we mention the blood?!

Five college students go to an abandoned cabin in the woods, and accidentally unleash an evil force that turns them all into demons. It’s all up to Ash (a houseware-aisle employee turned demon-killing hero), and his trusty chainsaw to save the day. Blood flies. Limbs are dismembered. Demons tell bad jokes… and all to music.

You don’t need to be a fan of Evil Dead to love this show. You don’t need to be a fan of horror to love this show. You don’t even need to be a fan of musicals to love this show. As long as you like having fun… this show is for you.  Plus it’s the only show with a ‘Splatter Zone’ – a section of the audience that gets covered in fake blood.  And with this combination of blood, jokes, cheesy effects, and really awesome musical numbers, Evil Dead The Musical is unlike any show you’ve ever seen.  JOIN US!!!!!

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The Producers

August 16th – September 15th
Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30 PM
Sundays at 4:30 PM

Book by Mel Brooks & Thomas Meehan
Music & Lyrics by Mel Brooks

Directed by Kenny Brian Gagni
Music Direction by Connie Mockenhaupt
Choreography by Devin LePage

Rated: PG-13

A down-on-his-luck Broadway producer and his mild-mannered accountant come up with a scheme to produce the most notorious flop in history, thereby bilking their backers (all “little old ladies”) out of millions of dollars. Only one thing goes awry: the show is a smash hit! At the core of the insanely funny adventure is a poignant emotional journey of two very different men who become friends. With a truly hysterical book co-written by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan (Annie) and music and lyrics by Mr. Brooks, The Producers skewers Broadway traditions and takes no prisoners as it proudly proclaims itself an “equal opportunity offender!”

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Visiting Mr. Green

July 12th – August 4th
Fridays at 7:30 PM
Saturdays & Sundays at 4:30 PM
Saturday, July 13th at 7:30 PM

Book by Jeff Baron

Directed by Janelle Kauffman

Rated: PG

Mr. Green, an elderly, retired dry cleaner, wanders into New York traffic and is almost hit by a car driven by Ross Gardiner, a 21-year-old corporate executive. The young man is sentenced to community service in which he must help the recent widower once a week for six months. What starts as a comedy about two men who do not want to be in the same room together becomes a gripping and moving drama as they get to know each other, come to care about each other, and open old wounds they’ve been hiding and nursing for years. Translated into 24 languages, with over 600 productions in large and small venues, it has won numerous Best Play and Best Actor awards throughout the world.

Produced in partnership with Kauffman’s Give Us A Hand Productions

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The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940

May 24th – June 23rd
Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30 PM
Sundays at 4:30 PM

Book by John Bishop

Directed by Mark Cornfield

Rated: PG-13

The creative team responsible for a recent Broadway flop (in which three chorus girls were murdered by the mysterious “Stage Door Slasher”) assemble for a backer’s audition of their new show at the Westchester estate of a wealthy “angel.” The house is replete with sliding panels, secret passageways, and a German maid who is apparently four different people—all of which figure diabolically in the comic mayhem which follows when the infamous “Slasher” makes his reappearance and strikes again—and again. As the composer, lyricist, actors, and director prepare their performance, and a blizzard cuts off any possible retreat, bodies start to drop in plain sight, knives spring out of nowhere, masked figures drag their victims behind swiveling bookcases, and accusing fingers point in all directions!

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Anything Goes

April 12th – May 12th
Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30 PM
Sundays at 4:30 PM

Music & Lyrics by Cole Porter
Original Book by
P.G. Wodehouse, Guy Bolton, Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse
New Book by Timothy Crouse & John Weidman

Directed by Kenny Brian Gagni
Music Direction by Connie Mockenhaupt
Choreography by Devin LePage & Connie Mockenhaupt

Rated: G

The S.S. American is sailing between New York and England with a comically colorful assemblage of passengers: Reno Sweeney, a popular nightclub singer and former evangelist, her pal Billy Crocker, a lovelorn Wall Street broker who has come aboard to try to win the favor of his beloved Hope Harcourt (who is engaged to another passenger, Sir Evelyn Oakleigh), and a second-rate con man named Moonface Martin, aka “Public Enemy #13.” Song, dance, and farcical antics ensue as Reno and Moonface try to help Billy win the love of his life.

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Cotton Patch Gospel

A Bluegrass musical re-telling of the Good News story with music & lyrics by Harry Chapin!

March 1st – March 30th
Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30 PM
Sundays at 4:30 PM
Friday, March 22nd at 5:00 PM

Book by Tom Key & Russell Treyz
Music & Lyrics by 
Harry Chapin
Based on The Cotton Patch Version of Matthew and John by Clarence Jordan

Directed & Choreographed by Sam Williams
Music Direction by Connie Mockenhaupt
Live Piano Accompaniment by John Wilder

Rated: PG for simulated violence

With music & lyrics by Harry Chapin, and based on the book The Cotton Patch Version of Matthew and John by Clarence Jordan, this bluegrass musical is a southern reinterpretation of the gospel story – retelling the life of Jesus in modern day rural Georgia. First produced by Gary Musick Productions and Troupe America Inc.,the “Greatest Story Ever Retold” is the only Off-Broadway play to be praised by both Rolling Stone and Christianity Today, and hailed as “A Joyous Triumph” by the New York Times.

“A hurricane that sweeps you along on wings of song. … A buoyant, exultant musical.”
—The Hollywood Reporter

“Some of the best songs Harry Chapin ever wrote”
-Rolling Stone

“An uplifting family show with loads of heart”
-Chicago Critic

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Dial M For Murder

January 26th-February 18th
Fridays at 7:30 PM
Saturdays & Sundays at 4:30 PM
Saturday, January 27th at 1:00 PM
Sunday, January 28th at 1:00 PM
Thursday, February 8th at 7:00 PM
Saturday, February 10th at 7:30 PM
(No show on Sunday, February 11th)

Book by Fredrick Knott

Directed by Janelle Kauffman & Stephen Kauffman

Rated: PG

A new version of the celebrated murder mystery that inspired Hitchcock’s masterpiece! Tony is convinced that his wife Margot has been cheating on him. Now it seems that the affair is over, but in his jealousy Tony spins a web of suspicion and deception that will tighten around them and ensnare them both in danger, recrimination and murder.

Presented in partnership with Kauffmans’ Give Us A Hand Productions

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Murder on the Orient Express

March 3 – April 2
Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30 PM
Sunday at 4:30 PM

Rated: PG-13

Written by Agatha Christie
Adapted by Ken Ludwig

Just after midnight, a snowdrift stops the Orient Express in its tracks. The luxurious train is surprisingly full for the time of the year, but by the morning it is one passenger fewer. An American tycoon lies dead in his compartment, stabbed eight times, his door locked from the inside. Isolated and with a killer in their midst, the passengers rely on detective Hercule Poirot to identify the murderer – in case he or she decides to strike again.

The Addams Family – A New Musical Comedy

July 8 – August 18
Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30 PM
Sunday at 4:30 PM

Book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice
Music and Lyrics by Andrew Lippa

Rated PG

THE ADDAMS FAMILY, a comical feast that embraces the wackiness in every family, features an original story and it’s every father’s nightmare: Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family– a man her parents have never met. And if that wasn’t upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before– keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and his parents. 

Cabaret

May 26 – June 25
Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30 PM
Sunday at 4:30 PM

Book by Joe Masteroff
Music by John Kander
Lyrics by Fred Ebb

Directed by Sam Williams
Music Direction by David Williams
Choreography by Sarah Williams

Rated PG-13

In a Berlin nightclub, as the 1920’s draw to a close, a garish Master of Ceremonies welcomes the audience and assures them they will forget all their troubles at the Cabaret. With the Emcee’s bawdy songs as wry commentary, Cabaret explores the dark, heady, and tumultuous life of Berlin’s natives and expatriates as Germany slowly yields to the emerging Third Reich. Cliff, a young American writer newly arrived in Berlin, is immediately taken with English singer Sally Bowles. Meanwhile, Fräulein Schneider, proprietor of Cliff and Sally’s boarding house, tentatively begins a romance with Herr Schultz, a mild-mannered fruit seller who happens to be Jewish. Musical numbers include “Willkommen,” “Cabaret,” “Don’t Tell Mama” and “Two Ladies.”

 

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Monty Python’s Spamalot

July 8th – August 20th
Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30 PM
Sundays at 4:30 PM

ADDED SHOW DATES! August 10th & 18th at 7:30 PM, August 20th at 4:30 PM!

Book & Lyrics by Eric Idle
Music by John Du Prez

Music Direction & Choreography by Connie Mockenhaupt
Directed by Connie Mockenhaupt

Rated PG-13

Lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail, MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT retells the legend of King Arthur and his knights of the Round Table. It features a bevy of beautiful show girls, not to mention cows, killer rabbits, and French people. Did we mention the bevy of beautiful showgirls? With such classic songs as ‘He Is Not Dead Yet,’ ‘The Song That Goes Like This,’ ‘Always Look on the Bright Side of Life’ and, of course, ‘Fisch Schlapping Song,’ the outrageous, uproarious, and gloriously entertaining story of King Arthur and the Lady of the Lake will delight you as they search for the Holy Grail and “always look on the bright side of life.”

 

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Pippin: 2013 Broadway Revival Version

 

July 22 – August 21

Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm
Sundays at 4:30 pm

 

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Book by Roger O. Hirson
Directed and Choreographed by Devin LePage

Cast List

With an infectiously unforgettable score from four-time Grammy winner, three-time Oscar winner and musical theatre giant, Stephen Schwartz, Pippin is the story of one young man’s journey to be extraordinary. Heir to the Frankish throne, the young prince Pippin is in search of the secret to true happiness and fulfillment. He seeks it in the glories of the battlefield, the temptations of the flesh and the intrigues of political power (after disposing of his father, King Charlemagne the Great). In the end, though, Pippin finds that happiness lies not in extraordinary endeavors, but rather in the unextraordinary moments that happen every day.

 

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Sunshine Boys

Kauffmans’ Give Us A Hand Productions and Sutter Street Theatre present…

November 4- November 27
Fridays & Saturdays at 8:00 PM
Sunday at 4:30 PM
Special performance on Thursday, November 17 at 7:00 PM

Written by Neil Simon

Rated PG-13

Al and Willie as “Lewis and Clark” were top-billed vaudevillians for over forty years. Now they aren’t even speaking. When CBS requests them for a “History of Comedy” retrospective, a grudging reunion brings the two back together, along with a flood of memories, miseries, and laughs. The story follows the attempt by a young theatrical agent to re-unite his elderly uncle, a former vaudevillian great, with his long-time stage partner for a TV reunion. Despite their celebrated reputation, the two old men have not spoken in twelve years. Besides remastering their sketch, the two men have numerous issues to work out before they are ready to return to the public eye.

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Evil Dead The Musical 2023

September 29th – November 5th
Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30 PM
Sundays at 7:00 PM
PLUS a special performance on Halloween! Tuesday, October 31st at 7:00 PM

Book & Lyrics by George Reinblatt
Music by Frank Cipolla, Christopher Bond, Melissa Morris and George Reinblatt

Music Direction & Choreography by Connie Mockenhaupt
Directed by Mike Jimena

Rated: PG13 – R, Recommended for mature audiences. Parental guidance strongly advised.

“It’s an old tale. You’ve probably heard it a hundred times. Boy and his friends go on a week-long vacation in the woods. Three friends turn into Candarian demons. One friend is killed by a forest of evil trees. Two demons are killed by their boyfriends, respectively, while one stays in the cellar trying to kill everything in sight. Like I said… pretty standard stuff.”
Evil Dead: The Musical takes all the elements of the cult classic films, The Evil DeadEvil Dead 2, and Army of Darkness and combines them for one of the craziest, funniest, and bloodiest theatrical experiences of all time. Did we mention the blood?!

Five college students go to an abandoned cabin in the woods, and accidentally unleash an evil force that turns them all into demons. It’s all up to Ash (a houseware-aisle employee turned demon-killing hero), and his trusty chainsaw to save the day. Blood flies. Limbs are dismembered. Demons tell bad jokes… and all to music.

You don’t need to be a fan of Evil Dead to love this show. You don’t need to be a fan of horror to love this show. You don’t even need to be a fan of musicals to love this show. As long as you like having fun… this show is for you.  Plus it’s the only show with a ‘Splatter Zone’ – a section of the audience that gets covered in fake blood.  And with this combination of blood, jokes, cheesy effects, and really awesome musical numbers, Evil Dead The Musical is unlike any show you’ve ever seen.  JOIN US!!!!!

 

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And Then There Were None

August 26- September 18
Fridays & Saturdays at 8:00 PM
Sunday at 4:30 PM

Written by Agatha Christie
Directed by Michael Coleman

Rated: PG-13

Ten strangers are summoned to a remote island. All that the guests have in common is a wicked past they’re unwilling to reveal and a secret that will seal their fate. For each has been marked for murder. As the weather turns and the group is cut off from the mainland, the bloodbath begins and one by one they are brutally murdered in accordance with the lines of a sinister nursery rhyme.

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Thoroughly Modern Millie

July 22 – August 21
Fridays & Saturdays at 8:00 PM
Sunday at 4:30 PM

Book by Richard Henry Morris and Dick Scanlan
Lyrics by Dick Scanlan
Music by Jeanine Tesori

Set in New York City in 1922, Thoroughly Modern Millie tells the story of young Millie Dillmount from Kansas, who comes to New York in search of a new life for herself. Her grand plan is to find a job as a secretary for a wealthy man and then marry him. However, her plan goes completely awry. The owner of her dingy hotel kidnaps young girls to sell to the Far East, her wealthy boss is slow in proposing marriage and the man she actually falls in love with doesn’t have a dime to his name… or so he tells her.

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Peter and the Starcatcher

June 10 – July 10
Fridays & Saturdays at 8:00 PM
Sunday at 4:30 PM

Book by Rick Elice
Music by Wayne Barker

A young orphan and his mates are shipped off from Victorian England to a distant island ruled by the evil King Zarboff. They know nothing of the mysterious trunk in the captain’s cabin, which contains a precious, otherworldly cargo. At sea, the boys are discovered by a precocious young girl named Molly, a Starcatcher-in-training who realizes that the trunk’s precious cargo is starstuff, a celestial substance so powerful that it must never fall into the wrong hands. When the ship is taken over by pirates – led by the fearsome Black Stache, a villain determined to claim the trunk and its treasure for his own – the journey quickly becomes a thrilling adventure.

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