The stories of our lives: Mendocino County Museum Road Show spotlights the past.
Now in its third year, the Mendocino County Museum Road Show has become an annual tradition, reflecting the lives of residents back to them via drama and song. 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:
Friday, March 11 at Willits High School
Saturday, March 12 at Arena Theater in Point Arena
Saturday, March 19 at SPACE Theater in Ukiah
Friday, March 25 at the Anderson Valley Grange in Philo
and Saturday, March 26 at Cotton Auditorium in Fort Bragg.
There will also be a matinee at 2 pm on Sunday, March 20 at SPACE Theater in Ukiah. Doors open half an hour early for guests to find their seats and enjoy pre-show music.
Museum Road Show Director Linda Pack, working with dramaturge Kate Magruder, has once again dug into the archives, presenting a completely new selection of stories gleaned entirely from local primary sources. The audience will get to test the adage "The more things change, the more they stay the same" as the cast romps through tales of hop-picking, childhood pranks, home remedies, politics, vice, temperance campaigns, and the exciting, critical election of 1916. Seven remarkable actors will together portray more than 50 different characters, as local history springs to life through a number of stories that are all the more touching and funny because they are true. Americana ensemble All About Sally will once again provide vocal background, which will combine with light and sound effects, a backdrop of never-before-seen vintage photos, and the trademark proscenium arch to form a homegrown extravaganza.
The Mendocino County Road Show is a history-based theater program of the Mendocino County Museum, which is based out of Willits and is a repository of the area's rich and ever-evolving heritage. The Road Show is the Museum's means of bringing that heritage directly to the people of Mendocino County, traveling to its far-flung communities. Director Alison Glassey believes “The Museum Road Show is a way of connecting people with their history and connecting the Museum with its people.”
The cost for the Road Show is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors over 65 and youth, ages 20 and under. Children under 12 are strongly discouraged from attending due to the theater setting and topics.
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. Tickets for the shows can sell out quickly; advance tickets are strongly encouraged.
The 2016 Museum Road Show is generously supported by the Savings Bank of Mendocino County, The Book Juggler, Emandal-A Farm on a River, Lia Patterson RE/MAX Full Spectrum, Lisa Epstein State Farm, Sparetime Supply, DripWorks and Saucy Ukiah.