Tickets for the dress rehearsal of “Intimate Apparel” produced by Sierra Repertory Theatre and benefitting Stage 3 Theatre Co. are $30 each or two for $50.

To purchase tickets, contact Stage 3 at (209) 536-1778.

Stage 3 Theatre Co. is aiming for a comeback in 2019 despite still being without a permanent home.

The nonprofit community theater ceased productions partway through the 2017-18 season due to a series of events that included having to take its shows on the road and an injury to the lead actress of its next play.

Now, the Stage 3 board of directors has a plan for the future that begins with a fundraiser scheduled for next month.

“The board looked at a lot of different locations and realized that we’re going to need to raise a lot of money for Stage 3 to come back,” said Connie Williams, board chairwoman and elected member of the Sonora City Council.

The company still has its seats, lights, and sound equipment in storage, but the problem is finding an affordable place to host shows.

Williams said many of the potential locations in Sonora that the board has looked at would require extensive work to bring up to code before the theater could move in.

She estimated the theater needs to raise about $200,000 to make any of the options work.

For the first fundraiser, Stage 3 will host a preview night on Oct. 11 for Sierra Repertory Theatre’s production of the play “Intimate Apparel.”

Sierra Repertory Theatre typically selects a nonprofit group to sell tickets for the dress rehearsal before the opening night of new productions and receive the proceeds from those sales.

“They don’t look at us as a competitor,” Williams said of Sierra Repertory Theatre located in East Sonora. “They look at us as just more culture for the area.”

Stage 3 is looking to create more fundraising partnerships with businesses or other groups involved with the arts community.

Williams said the board has dropped all consideration of suing Doug Kennedy after the development of his Sonora Armory entertainment complex took longer than anticipated and forced Stage 3 to take its shows on the road for the 2017-18 season.

“We’ve put all of that behind us and are moving forward to provide the type of entertainment Stage 3 always does,” Williams said.

The board has looked at possibly putting on a traveling show prior to the 2019-2020 season, but Williams said the work on that is still in the early stages.

Williams said they are also considering options for adding other forms of entertainment to the theater’s offerings when it raises enough money to get into a new home, including comedy and music.

“We’re still putting together what we’re going to look like,” she said. “We’re looking at a lot of different options that include various types of entertainment, but we don’t have anything solidified at this point.”

One of the ideas includes establishing a cultural arts venue in downtown Sonora through a public-private partnership.

Contact Alex MacLean at or (209) 588-4530.