FutureWatch 2019

FutureWatch 2019: State Recreation Area, State Theatre

By: Gus Thomson and Julie Miller of the Auburn Journal
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“What to watch for in Auburn over the next year?”

It’s a question the Journal has been asking local leaders in several key areas of the community over the past week.

For the third and final installment of “FutureWatch 2019,” we turn to Janis Wikoff, Auburn Placer Performing Arts Center-State Theatre executive director, and Mike Howard, Auburn State Recreation Area sector superintendent, for their take on what to watch for in the year ahead:


Mike Howard

“2019 is shaping up to be a good year for the Recreation Area.  Our general plan-resource management plan should be complete or very close by the end of the year.  Once completed, we are likely to begin several projects to improve access over the next few years.

We also have a new trails crew and several road and trail maintenance projects that are gaining momentum.  This is exciting to me because ASRA is a trails park and our trails have been in need of maintenance for years.

The Mammoth Bar Motocross Track rebuild is another project we have underway.  We are well into the environmental compliance part of the track rebuild and could possibly see the new track in use by winter of 2019-2020.


Janis Wikoff

The Auburn State Theatre starts 2019 with a full schedule of entertainment and an organizational name change. In this first quarter of 2019 the non-profit organization, Auburn Placer Performing Arts Center is changing its name to Auburn State Theatre. Look for a new website in that same timeframe.
The operators of the State Theatre continue to plan and execute improvements in technical equipment and seek upgrades in digital projection. Capital improvements to the 89-year-old building are a goal each and every year.
On the big screen, expect cult classics like the Coen Brothers’ “Raising Arizona,” as well as documentary “Love Gilda,” Oscar nominated short films, and “The Favorite.”
Live onstage, jazz guitarist Bill Frisell performs at the end of January.
Traditional Celtic favorite music is a crowd pleaser and the State Theatre will play host to Ireland’s Runa and The Outside Track, winner of 'Best Group' in both the Live Ireland awards and Tradition awards. The Outside Track is one of the top Celtic acts in the world.
Expect to enter a seaside isle of Greece during the State Theatre Acting Company’s production of “Mamma Mia! The Musical” featuring ABBA’s timeless hits. One show is a sing-a-long.
Placer Community Theatre presents speaker Jim Britt later this month, as well as summer musical theatre productions. In February and March, the Auburn Symphony returns for the Young Artists Competition and Recital. Auburn Winds Concert Band will perform four concerts this year.
The great outdoors should fill seats, with “Solo, Women of the Pacific Crest Trail,” Protect American River Canyons’ Wild & Scenic Film Fest and the Bay Trail Runners Film Festival scheduled.

Take Note Troupe returns with Shakespeare in late spring; and conductor-composer Elliot Anders and company will launch his original musical, “Baby Boomer, The Musical” in May.
Blues acoustic guitar legend John Hammond is in concert early this summer. Six-time Downbeat Magazine critics poll winner Mimi Fox takes the stage in June.
Visit or call 530-885-0156 to stay informed with the latest schedule.