If you're wondering what today's kids are up to, take a trip out to Three Stages at Folsom Lake College this weekend. You'll see some terrific theater by young people, and more than that, you'll see infectious enthusiasm and relentlessly positive attitudes.
The 57th annual Lenaea High School Theatre Festival holds its three-day event with more than 1,000 students expected to attend or perform. The festival includes students from 55 West Coast high school theater programs performing one-act plays, monologues, scenes and songs. Students receive feedback from theater professionals and faculty members.
The weekend culminates with Lenaea's high-energy awards ceremony. The public is welcome at all performances.
The Lenaea Festival runs 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. today; 8:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday; 8:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10 for daily passes, $15 for weekend passes. Performances at all venues at Three Stages Performing Arts Center on the campus of Folsom Lake College, 10 College Parkway in Folsom.
'Miss Daisy' rides again
James Wheatley and Janice Reade-Hoberg are taking "Driving Miss Daisy" for a spin one more time. The two actors have performed Alfred Uhry's 1988 Pulitzer Prize winner twice and this time will be on stage at the Chautauqua Playhouse, which is producing the show in association with Celebration Arts.
"Daisy" was the first of Uhry's "Atlanta Trilogy," which were plays about Jewish residents of Atlanta early in the 20th century. The original off-Broadway production opened in 1987 starring Dana Ivey and Morgan Freeman. Jessica Tandy starred in the 1989 movie with Freeman.
Wheatley as Hoke Colburn is the driver for Reade-Hoberg's Daisy Werthan. The play traces their relationship from from 1948 to 1973. Wheatley also directs, with Chris Lamb playing Daisy's son, Boolie.
The production continues at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Feb. 23. There will be an additional Saturday matinee at 2 p.m on Feb. 23. At the Chautauqua Playhouse in the La Sierra Community Center, 5325 Engle Road, Carmichael. Admission is $19 general and $17 students, seniors, children and SARTA members. Information: (916) 489-7529, www.cplayhouse.org.
On course for love
Local composer Gregg Coffin premiered his comic musical "Five Course Love" at the Sacramento Theatre Company in 2005. Since then the tuneful three-person romance has traveled the world. Now it returns home to the Sutter Street Theatre in Folsom. Three characters play 15 different characters looking for love in all the wrong places.
In this case those places are restaurants where the lovers or would-be lovers meet, and in each case the musical staging takes the flavor of the food. Dean's Old-Fashioned All-American Down-Home Bar-B-Que Texas Eats has a country flavor, while Der Schlupfwinkel Speiseplatz features the polka sung by your local dominatrix (all in fun). Coffin wrote the book, music and lyrics. The show is directed by Connie Mockenhaupt with musical direction by Chris Schlagel.
"Five Course Love" continues at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 4 p.m. Sundays through Feb. 17, with a Feb. 14 performance at 7 p.m. No performance Feb. 9. Tickets are $23 general, $21 seniors, $18 students. At 717 Sutter St., Historic Folsom. For information or tickets, call (916) 353-1001 or go to www.SutterStreetTheatre.com