FOLSOM — The arts have a new home and it is spectacular. The stunning visual and performing arts center at Folsom Lake College is a reality thanks to a multi-tiered effort.The new facility — Three Stages at Folsom Lake College — is a $50 million project built with a combination of state, regional, local and private funds.
Three Stages has three intimate theaters, an art gallery, a recording studio, elegant teaching spaces, plenty of safe parking and all the other amenities of a state-of-the-art performing arts venue, situated on the Folsom Lake College campus at 10 College Parkway in Folsom.
A visual and performing arts center was in the initial planning stages at Folsom Lake College basically as a teaching element.
In 2003 a feasibility study by an outside consultant indicated that a facility that could also serve as a regional arts center for the area would better serve the college and the community.
The scope and size of Three Stages at Folsom Lake College expanded.
In 2004 the project proposal approved by the Los Rios Board of Trustees was submitted to the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office. The final funding was approved in the 2005-06 budget year.
Construction of the center began in July 2008 with financial support from a State Educational Facilities General Obligation Bond, Local Measure A Bond, other district resources, and donations to the Folsom Lake College Foundation.
“The Los Rios Community College District has always been a proud supporter of the arts,” said District Chancellor Dr. Brice Harris. “The support of our community through the approval of local bonds made this project possible and we honor that support and look forward to meeting the educational and performing arts needs of our region for decades to come.”
Three Stages first offering is five performances of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway play “A Chorus Line” beginning on Feb. 11. There will be five performances.
“It’s an honor to host the national tour of Broadway’s longest running play on our grand opening weekend,” said Dave Pier, executive director of Three Stages at Folsom Lake College. “It’s an accessible offering for our community that provides a behind-the-scenes glimpse of life in the performing arts and what it takes to put one’s self on the line.”
Tickets for the spring 2011 season of performing arts — a sampler of the types of events that can be expected at the new Center in the future — will be available for sale online beginning Friday, Nov. 19, at threestages.net.
Patrons buying three or more tickets to Three Stages Presents events will receive a 15 percent discount.
The Three Stages ticket office will open for phone sales beginning at 10 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 22. The phone number is 916-608-6888. Ticket office windows will open for walk-up sales on Dec. 6.