Placer Community Theater

Reviewed by the Sacramento Region Community Foundation

$1,802 raised by 16 donors

51% complete

$3,500 Goal

Placer Community Theater (PCT) is a nonprofit 501 (c) (3) organization dedicated to providing quality entertainment and cultural enrichment while supporting the arts in our community.

Our History

In 1998, Auburn-based Placer School for Adults advertised their class offerings would include an adult musical theater production, Annie Get Your Gun, to be directed and choreographed by longtime powerhouse Placer High School Theater team, Glenda Gonzales and Pamela Harrold. Dozens of people showed up to audition, were cast in, and performed in the show. Damn Yankees soon followed that production, Anything Goes and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and a few musical reviews in the following few years. But in 2003, it was announced the class could no longer be offered due to financial constraints. The regular players had formed deep and long-lasting friendships they did not want to end. What could these friends do to keep working together? Why not create their own theater company, of course? 

In the fall of 2003, Placer Community Theater was born. At the first meeting, each attendee contributed dues of $20, which became the seed money with which the first scripts were purchased. Our first show, a low-budget comedy play called Oh, Fudge, was directed by Pamela Harrold, and was presented at her business, Pamelot School of Dance, in Auburn. We didn’t have a stage, so the players built a low platform. We wanted to provide refreshments, so the players baked cookies and other desserts, leading us to be known as a “dessert theater”. In fact, with few volunteers in those days, it was common for the actors to run out of the green room during intermission to serve the audience before performers would run backstage to resume the show's second half! 

We had no curtains, no theatrical lighting, and no way to sell tickets except in person. But as the song in Damn Yankees goes, “You Gotta Have Heart,” and this group of friends sure did. By 2004, they had achieved nonprofit organization status and commenced to produce 2-3 shows each year. Now, almost 21 years later, Placer Community Theater has produced over 40 plays, musicals, and other live shows. 

We remain an all-volunteer organization. Over the years, hundreds of local actors, singers, and dancers have participated in PCT productions. PCT members have raised money for the Auburn Community Cancer Endowment Fund, contributed to the landmark State Theater renovation efforts, supported Auburn Union School District fundraising efforts, and provided over $10,000 in educational scholarships to Auburn area students pursuing their college educations in performing arts. 

Notably, Placer Community Theater has had no permanent home during its history; since 2003, we have used about ten different venues around Auburn for our various performances, mainly the General Gomez Arts Center. As a result, our main expenses include the rental of facilities for auditions, rehearsals, performances, workshops, and special events, as well as storage space for our sets, props, and technical equipment year-round. Our need for funds is ever present, show after show, and donations keep us going strong.

This is a unique community theater model, to be sure, but one that has become part of our identity. We invite you, friends, to join us in sharing our love of theater and keeping community theater alive and well in Auburn, the rest of Placer County, and the surrounding communities, including El Dorado, Nevada, and Sacramento counties. 

Giving Activity


Placer Community Theater (PCT) is a nonprofit 501 (c) (3) organization dedicated to providing quality entertainment and cultural enrichment while supporting the arts, and new talent in our community and beyond.


Placer Community Theater (PCT) needs donations of money to pay for the rights of the plays it performs, the acquisition of props, stage building materials, venue rental, the fixed costs of double storage units, insurance for the performances, and for the volunteer board of directors, among other obligatory expenses. PCT is wholly powered by volunteers, and it encourages community members to sign up to assist with hospitality, stage building and other tasks to ensure our continued success in bringing to the stage high quality performances. For our annual fundraising galas, we also seek sponsors and in-kind donations.

Equity Statement

Placer Community Theater does not discriminate against any person based on race, color, sex, national origin, disability, religious and political preferences, or age in admission to and participation in its performing arts activities.

Organization Data


Organization name

Placer Community Theater

Year Established


Tax id (EIN)


Mission Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Operating Budget


Organization Need

Funding: Unrestricted, Funding: Program, Board Members, Funding: Other

Demographics Served

General population

BIPOC Leadership

Board Chair

Local Counties Served

Placer, El Dorado, Sacramento, Yolo


PO BOX 4322
AUBURN, CA 95604

Service areas

Auburn, CA, US

Rocklin, CA, US

Roseville, CA, US

Sacramento, CA, US

Lincoln, CA, US





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