coming in March to a local theater near you.
Now in its second year, the show features enactments of oral history stories by noted local actors and is accompanied by music both original and traditional by the Americana trio All About Sally.
Doors open at 7 pm for refreshments and pre-show music; the theatrical show will start at 7:30 pm.
The Museum Road Show will play over the span of three weekends in March, at 7:30 pm for one night only each, at the following venues:
Saturday, March 7 at Willits High School
Friday, March 13 at Arena Theater in Point Arena
Saturday, March 14 at SPACE Theater in Ukiah
Special Matinee, 2 pm, Sunday, March 15 at SPACE Theater in Ukiah
Friday, March 20 at the Anderson Valley Grange in Philo
and Saturday, March 21 at Cotton Auditorium in Fort Bragg.
Doors open half an hour early for guests to enjoy refreshments and pre-show music.
“We’re bringing history to the people, bringing it alive, using the real words of the people who lived those stories,” states Museum Road Show Artistic Director Linda Pack. Pack created the show from oral history accounts and historical archives with help from Ukiah Players Theatre director Kate Magruder. Pack and Magruder also act in the show, along with local talent Rick Allan, Ricci Dedola, Billy Hetherington, Nichole Phillips, and Tony Rakes. An old-fashioned proscenium arch, period costumes, and archival photos projected onto the stage flesh out the drama, along with tunes such as “Lorena,” a song whose strains used to drift between enemy campfires at night after the battles of the Civil War. An original tune written by All About Sally member Dave Alden, “Ballad of Black Bart,” will also debut during the show.
Located in Willits, the Mendocino County Museum decided to “take to the road” (via the Museum Road Show, that is) as a way of reaching folks directly in their communities to reflect their history and heritage back to them. The Museum itself is packed with stories and artifacts from every corner of the large and varied county it represents. Alison Glassey, Museum Director, comments, “The Mendocino County Museum is all about our local communities and cultures and this is a creative and unique way to understand and present them.”
The cost for the Road Show is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors (ages 65 and over) and $10 for youth (ages 20 and under). Tickets are available online through www.MendocinoMuseum.org, by calling the Museum at (707) 459-2736, or by visiting the Mendocino County Museum at 400 East Commercial Street in Willits during open hours, 10 am to 4:30 pm Wednesday through Sunday. The Road Show sold out last year, so advance tickets are strongly encouraged.