Union Democrat staff

In praise of Stage 3 Theatre Company

To the Editor:

We in the Mother Lode are fortunate to have a theater company, Stage 3 Theatre Company, of Sonora, to enrich our lives. Stage 3 has given the community the experiences of intimate and entertaining plays that are classics, award winning, and at times, bold and thought provoking and at times emotionally gripping.

From past classics such as "The Grapes of Wrath," "Doubt," "Driving Miss Daisy," "Brighton Beach Memoirs," "Inherit the Wind," "The Crucible," artistic director, Don Bilotti has brought "Other Desert Cities" to the small stage. Bilotti seeks out not only the well-known plays, but presents unfamiliar but acclaimed plays that deserve to be seen. Such is the case with "Other Desert Cities."

This play, a contemporary drama about a family torn by different loyalties and beliefs, gets right down to uncovering long held secrets, but not before the family has exposed each one's weaknesses to each other and to the audience. Because the stage is center to the audience, only feet from the seats, the audience becomes part of the play-like an unexpected visitor, caught up unwittingly, and sometimes, uncomfortably, in the revelations and accusations that fly during the drama.

The acting is superb, the play, thought provoking and emotional. Don't miss this one.

Wayne Kirkbride

Twain Harte

Sheriff's CSU offers community thanks

To the Editor:

The Tuolumne County Sheriff's Community Service Unit would like to thank all of our sponsors and all the hungry people that came out to the Sonora Moose Lodge on April 27, to spend the day with us and make our fundraiser a total success. Because of all of you we were able to get our equipment that we needed for the Community Service Unit. We could not have done it without you.

David Clevenger

Executive Director Community Service Unit


Kellogg shuffle would be major loss

To the Editor:

What a great article in The Union Democrat (5-7-13) about the long-awaited Sonora High School agriculture farm finally becoming a reality.

The current agriculture teacher and students have been working hard to get the farm up and running for this year's Mother Lode Fair animals and future agriculture students.

Now it seems that teacher Stan Kellogg is in jeopardy of being moved out of the agriculture position to a non-agriculture position at the alternative high school.

What's wrong with this picture?

Diane Braia

Twain Harte