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Get to know arts in Placer County

By: Mike Holmes
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The creative industries in Placer County include nonprofit museums, symphonies, and theaters as well as for-profit film, architecture and design companies. Americans for the Arts, an arts research group based in Washington, D.C., estimates there are 883 arts-related businesses in Placer County employing about 3,000 people (2015 data).

Here in the Gold Country, we have several performing arts groups and venues that provide a wide variety of performances that have gained notoriety throughout the region. The Auburn Symphony attracts both amateur and professional players to sell out audiences. The Auburn Winds, our local band, has been giving free concerts for the past few years.

Auburn has two acting companies based in the community. The newest is the State Theatre Acting Company (STAC) supported by the State Theatre performing arts center. The Placer Community Theater (PCT) is an independent theater group that has been active for the past 15 years. These companies produce most of their productions at the State Theatre or the General Gomez Art Center. Placer Community Theater typically produces three shows a year, a musical, and drama or comedy. PCT recently did “Deathtrap,” a drama within a drama, and is scheduled to produce “Don’t Drink The Water,” a Woody Allen comedy, in the spring

PCT is independent and does not have a home base for rehearsals and storage of sets and other equipment. They are looking for a home. PCT started as a drama class at Placer School for Adults for the first few years. Since 2004 they have produced over 35 productions several of which have received SARTA (Sacramento Area Regional Theatre Alliance)  Elly awards and nominations. (Elly awards are named for Eleanor McClatchy, a patron of the arts).

PCT has donated over $30,000 to the Auburn Area Cancer Endowment Fund and awarded performing arts scholarships valued at over $11,000. PCT is a 501 c (3) non-profit and would appreciate your support for future productions. You can contribute online at or

Mike Holmes is a former city councilor for Auburn.