Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks
May 31-Jun 23 at East Sonora
Jun 28-Aug 18 at Fallon House
RESPECT: A Musical Journey of Women
Jul 26-Sep 1 at East Sonora
Don't Dress For Dinner
Sep 6-29 at Fallon House
The Spitfire Grill
Oct 4-27 at East Sonora
Oct 25-Nov 24 at Fallon House
It's a Wonderful Life - A Live Radio Play
Nov 15-Dec 22 at East Sonora
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Repertory Theatre Story
Sierra Repertory Theatre is a growing professional non-profit theater
located in California's beautiful Sierra Nevada Foothills. Since 1980,
Sierra Rep has focused on its original mission: to present audiences
with a broad range of theatrical literature at the highest production
quality possible; to pay artists and staff a living wage and to make a
vibrant contribution to our community's economy, culture and spirit.
The five founders of Sierra Rep—David and Kathryn Kahn, Doug Brennan,
and Sara and Dennis Jones, met at the Fallon House Theatre
while doing summer stock performances with the University of Pacific
drama program. As the five worked on sets, costumes and sat together
talking late into the night, the idea of Sierra Rep was planted and
nurtured. Their dream was to establish a professional performing arts
center in this rural setting, and to draw both professional artists and
audiences by the level of art created here.
They first converted a tin warehouse into a rustic 99-seat theater in East Sonora. Over 30 years later, their shoestring venture has blossomed into a professional arts organization impressive for a rural area. Sierra Rep consistently earns ovations from audiences and the press, and top ratings for artistic and management excellence from the California Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. Returning to its roots, Sierra Rep was selected as the resident theater company at the Historic Fallon House in June of 1997, and the company’s first production on the Historic Fallon House stage was Something’s Afoot, which opened in October of that year.
Sierra Rep now presents 9 main-stage shows per year at two locations – the original East Sonora Theater and the Historic Fallon House Theatre in Columbia State Historic Park. We have a staff of 25, employ more than 100 artists per year, and hold a contract with Actors Equity Association. Sierra Rep plays to an audience coming from both the Mother Lode area and from an hour or more away. We provide a year-round draw for visitors and make our community a more vibrant place to live. We enjoy strong community support with 2,400 season subscribers, more than 1,000 donors and hundreds of volunteers who help our professional artists and staff with sets, costumes, box office work and special events. To keep theater accessible to our entire community, we offer student and senior discounts, group rates, and low-cost tickets for school groups and half-price rush tickets. We also hold benefit previews and special events that raise thousands of dollars for community and educational groups.
Main Stage - Whether presenting world classics, contemporary
favorites or more adventurous works, our goal remains to present the
highest quality productions possible and to demonstrate live theater's
unique power to enlighten, inspire and entertain.
Educational Outreach – Education outreach is a core focus at Sierra
Rep, to instill a love of arts in our youth and as an important service
to our region. We send professional artists into schools with trunk
shows and for informal discussion, and bring thousands of students to
the theater each year for discounted performances, occasional workshops
and advanced training.
Original Works – Sierra Rep has a well-established record of
producing original works. We have presented world premiers of 18 plays,
first through a playwriting contest and more recently by commissioning
work by established playwrights like California author Rick Foster and
Washington D.C. playwright Norman Allen.
Presented at Sierra Rep in 1997, Rick Foster’s Vivien went on to earn a
2005/2006 NY Drama Desk nomination for actress Janis Stevens for Best
Solo Performance, along with other accolades from critics around the
Mr. Allen wrote several original scripts written especially for the
Historic Fallon House including our summer afternoon melodramas and
"The Christmas Foundling," a holiday story set in Gold Rush Columbia.
The Historic Fallon House was also home to the world premiere of Mr.
Allen's new interpretation of "The Three Musketeers."
At this time, Sierra Rep does not accept unsolicited scripts