Sierra Rep Guest Artist
Welcome to Sonora, California!
Repertory Theatre is located in the Sierra Nevada Foothills in Sonora,
California. The climate is warm (95-110⁰) in the summer
with low humidity and cold (30-40⁰) and wet in the winter
with the rare snowstorm down at the theatre's elevation. The Company offices,
costume shop, main scene shop and primary box office is located at the East
Sonora theatre, while the Historic Fallon House Theatre is located approximately
5 miles north of Sonora in the small town of Columbia.
While you are rehearsing and working here you will most likely be living with
members of the community who graciously offer space in their home for your use.
Housing options range from Sierra Rep's own funky 2-bedroom trailer to private
rooms and private or semi-private baths in patron's homes.
There are many factors to consider
with housing and we will do our best to match you up with the best possible
hosts prior to your arrival. You will be provided with maps to your host's home
when you arrive in Sonora, and many times we are available to accompany you to
their home as some of our mountain locations can be difficult to find for
Below are some Frequently Asked Questions we hope will familiarize you
with our area and accommodations.
When should I arrive?
We suggest you arrive in East Sonora the day before your first rehearsal so you
get a chance to familiarize yourself with the area and hit the grocery stores
before you start your long hours. If you are driving yourself, please arrive
no later than 6:00 PM. -directions are listed on our website. To arrive much
later is rude to the host, and also makes it difficult to navigate the mountain
Do I need to bring bed sheets and towels?
No, the housing hosts provide linens for you. However, if you have a favorite
pillow or something similar you should consider bringing it.
I'm planning to have family/friends visit during the run, is that ok?
Please check with your host family before assuming that your guests can stay
with you. There are a number of inexpensive hotels in the area and you may want
to consider making reservations at one of them in consideration of your hosts.
Can I bring my pet?
In general, we ask that you find other arrangements for your pets during your
run here in Sonora. Since our housing is so generously donated by community
members, we feel it is a bit forward of us to ask if they could also host an
animal. Plus, it limits many housing options due to allergies.
Will I have access to the Internet?
Yes. At the East Sonora location the theatre offers wireless internet around the
offices and around the box office. If you do not have a laptop computer, the
East Sonora offices also offer access to a computer and printer. Many of the
hosts have internet access or DSL available. If this is of particular importance
to you, please list as a concern on your questionnaire.
Is there access to a local gym or
Yes! In fact, Sierra Rep has just connected with another gym in effort to offer
you even more options. We have arrangements with two local fitness centers. They
present different ambiances, but both offer a wide variety of state of the art
facilities. There are also a few places in town that offer yoga classes and such
on a class by class basis. If you prefer a more natural form of exercise, Sonora
is a perfect place for hiking, jogging, exploring, and so on. Please feel free
to ask the company manager for more details.
Do I have to eat meals and spend time
with my hosts?
In general, the answer is no. The hosts realize that you will be experiencing
long hours which are probably very different from their own. They do not expect
you to be home for meals or to keep them company on your days off. However, when
possible, please take any opportunity to share your experiences and get to know
each other. The more you put into it, the more you will get out of it. Hosts
offer their house to the theatre because they love meeting new people and
sharing in a part of your Sonora experience.
Are you really out in the boonies?
Not really. There is no Nordstrom or Macy's nearby, and the closest Mercedes
dealer is sixty miles away. But we do have 24 hour grocery stores, a Wal-Mart
and several department/clothing stores. One of our New York based actors told us
this summer that it was "nice to see trees that weren't planted in rows."
As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through
We're always glad to help.