I have been apart of the Olde Coloma Theatre since 2003. The theatre gives so much, and is more than just a place to come see a play. We are one of the last strongholds for Melodrama, an important part of cinema history. We give people of all ages a chance to participate in anyway they can. Our stage is there for talented people, as well as anyone willing to try acting. We also are very active in the many communities within driving distance. Our volunteers come from all over the outer-lying areas, some even drive 50 miles in one night to help out. We teach the children to focus, work hard, to follow thru with projects started and to get the self esteem that only comes from getting on stage in front of an audience. We are also dedicated to the historical aspect of our plays and the area where we are located. We are just behind where gold was discovered in California and we have an educational show to teach the school kids visiting the state park what really happened. Not only that, but students and teachers alike get to participate in the show. I have met many adults all over that when I mention the Olde Coloma Theatre they remember the school show. To sum up, we are a group of people brought together by the love of melodrama, our communities and the people we can touch who are reaching out and trying to help improve people's lives, even if just by giving a patron one night of fun.
Olde Coloma Theatre is a treasure nestled in the heart of gold rush country. The Coloma Crescent Players Inc. enchant audiences with the charm of the Old West and California's Gold Rush Era.
The Olde Coloma Theatre is a family theatre and it brings together people from all walks of life to meet and work together and learn from each other. It is a safe, happy place where your children will be safe and eveyone is encouraged to tap into their creativity. I have seen many people, young and old alike, blossom and gain friendships, self-confidence, learn history, and develop talents they never knew they had.
I met my husband at the theatre; he was a volunteer working on the sets and props. After a year or so I finally coaxed him into performing on the stage. Eventually he found his niche as a physical comedian and vaudeville-style comic. About a year ago his boss mentioned that she was noticing him open up and become more confident and personable. He was promoted.
For some people volunteering at the theatre is an occasional thing, for others it is a full-time job with overtime. But it is always a labor of love, and it is all made worth it for the lives we touch and inspire, the joy and learing we bring, and the family feeling we find as a community.
The Olde Coloma Theatre has been an amazing journey for my family for the past four years. The many lives that this little gem has enriched is amazing, from the thousands of fourth grade students from around the country that come to be part of our gold rush melodrama, the many amazing volunteers that so generously give their time and creativity, the amazingly talented actors that grace the stage come from many walks of life and economic backgrounds yet they all come together in the creative process and volunteer their time and efforts to make an awesome experience for the audience. We are also one of only a few theatre the still perform melodrama, this theatrical medium is a rich part of American history and is worth holding on to.
The enjoyment I have received over the years as a patron of the Olde Coloma Theatre prompted me to take a position on its Board of Directors. As a Board member, I have seen firsthand how the Theatre has benefited both the local community and thousands of school children from around the country. The Theatre's School Show is a certified element of California's 4th grade history program. The Show presents California Gold Rush history in an engaging, accurate and informative way that brings history alive and makes it very memorable in the children's minds. The Theatre is a non-profit community theater staffed by volunteers, that has been bringing melodrama entertainment and education to the public since 1975. I am proud to be affiliated with the Olde Coloma Theatre. The Theatre deserves our strong ongoing support. Carol Fallon Vice-President, Board of Directors