Our inaugural production in 1974 was Neil Simon's Prisoner of Second Avenue, the first performance of that work by any amateur group in California. From that venturesome beginning, we have given audiences more than two decades of quality theatrical entertainment. Since 1989, the Volcano Theatre Company has been nominated for sixty five "Ellys" and carried awayeleven. (The Elly is the Sacramento Area Regional Theatre Alliance's equivalent of an Oscar or Tony.)
The Cobblestone Theatre, built in 1856 as Adolf Meyer's Tobacco & Cigar Emporium, later housed Lavezzo's Wine Shop. A disastrous fire in 1900, fueled by a cellar full of high-proof spirits, destroyed all but the sturdy stone walls you see today. Restored as an art gallery in the 1960's, the building was leased by the VTC beginning in 1974 and, through the generosity of the Thebaut family, we acquired title in 1989.
Over the years, the success of our Company has enabled us not only to greatly improve the facilities of the little Cobblestone Theatre, but also to acquire the property across the street for an amphitheatre provides a larger venue for our summer productions and a delightful pre-performance picnic site.
This year you will be seated in our newly remodeled audience area made of native stone, financed in part by our generous "Brick Buyers."