Two class tales continue to run this weekend in Historic Folsom


Sutter Street Theatre, located in Historic Folsom, exceeded their goal in the recent Big Day of Giving, having received $20,000 in donations. 

“As we rapidly approach our 18th anniversary we are truly touched by the love and support we received during the Big Day of Giving,” Mike Jimena, Managing Director of the theatre said. “With a goal of $18,000 we received $20,000 in donations.  Connie, Mike, Allen, Staff and the Board of Directors thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”  


Sutter Street Theatre, located at 710 Sutter Street, Historic Folsom, is a well-known community theatre presenting live productions 52 weeks of the year in both the Off-Broadway Series and the Family Series.  

Currently, Sutter Street Theatre has two classic tales running on stage, offering a great opportunity to celebrate Mother’s Day in Historic Folsom with a great play. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs continues to run, along with Harvey the Invisible Rabbit. 

Maryanne Talley, Miley Gouldthread, Jae Thomas, Angel Riley, Jojo Allred star in Sutter Street Theatre’s Snow White. Photo: Allen Schmeltz.

Snow White is directed by Sutter Street Theatre’s own Allen Schmeltz, the local production of this family musical contains a zany, wisecracking Mirror who will only answer if spoken to in rhyme, as well as a whole court full of funny and bubbling characters. 


Accoring to Sutter Street’s playbill, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs hums with 14 lively songs, including a scary forest ballet. Snow White runs away from the evil Queen and seeks refuge with seven little miners. But the Queen and her sister, a once-powerful witch, need “a locket from the pocket of a princess that is pure.”

Maryanne Talley, Miley Gouldthread, Jae Thomas, Angel Riley, Jojo Allred star in Sutter Street Theatre’s Snow White. Photo: Allen Schmeltz. Georgia Zak, and Summer Allen star in Sutter Street Theatre’s Snow White. Photo: Allen Schmeltz. Wren Grant and Georgia Zak star in Sutter Street Theatre’s Snow White. Photo: Allen Schmeltz.


The local musical is based on the story by Brother’s Grimm. Schmeltz, Sutter Street Theatre’s award-winning Associate Artistic Director, has added many of his own touches to the production. Sutter Street Theatre’s award-winning Artistic Director and CEO Connie Mockenhaupt has added her own magic to the music and choreopgraphy to the play as well.

The show runs Saturdays and Sundays at 1:00 p.m. through May 21. Reservations can be made and ticket information can be found at www.sutterstreettheatre.cmom or by calling 916-353-1001.

Running alongide Snow White through May 14 is another classic, Harvey the Invisible Rabbit.

Harvey the Invisible Rabbit also continues its run at Sutter Street Theatre. Photo: Allen Schmeltz.

A Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy by Mary Chase about Elwood P. Dowd, an amiable but eccentric man whose best friend is an invisible, 6 ft 3+1⁄2 in-tall (1.92 m) white rabbit named Harvey. 

As described by Elwood, Harvey is a pooka a benign but mischievous creature. Elwood spends most of his time taking Harvey around town, drinking at various bars and introducing Harvey to almost every person he meets, much to the puzzlement of strangers, though Elwood’s friends have accepted Harvey’s (supposed) existence.

His older sister Veta and his niece Myrtle Mae live with him in his large estate, but have become social outcasts along with Elwood due to his obsession with Harvey.

After Elwood ruins a party Veta and Myrtle Mae had arranged in secret, Veta finally tries to have him committed to a local sanatorium. In exasperation she admits to the attending psychiatrist, Dr. Lyman Sanderson, that she sees Harvey every once in a while herself. 

Mistaking Veta as the real mental case, Sanderson has Elwood released and Veta locked up. Dr. Chumley, head of the sanatorium, discovers the mistake and realizes he must bring Elwood back, searching the town with orderly. Marvin Wilson. With Veta’s help, Chumley eventually tracks Elwood to his favorite bar, “Charlie’s”, and decides to confront him alone.

Four hours later, Marvin returns to the sanatorium, but learns from Sanderson and nurse Kelly that Chumley has not returned with Elwood. They arrive at Charlie’s and find Elwood alone; he explains that Chumley had wandered off with Harvey after several rounds of drinks, adding new twists and laughs to this classic. Many will remember the 1950’s movie version of the story that starred James Stewart. 

The local production is directed by Janelle and Stephen Kauffman. The show opens  on April 14 and runs through May 14. Fridays and Saturdays the curtain opens at 7:30 p.m. Sundays it opens at 4:30 p.m. 

Sutter Street Theatre is located in the heart of Folsom’s Historic District at 717 Sutter Street.