Museum Road Show
by AVA News Service, February 19, 2016
[March] Tickets now on sale for the 3rd annual Museum Road Show! Take a lighthearted romp through vice, debauchery and politics in the early days of our county. Premiering in 5 locations throughout March.
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 p.m. 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 p.m. 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 for wet versus dry in Mendocino County. 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 (65 & over) and Youth (20 & under). A few of these true stories of our county’s wild past, although tastefully and humorously presented, discuss licentious behavior. Parental guidance is suggested. Additionally, theatre goers are asked not to bring young children who cannot naturally stay quiet and sit still through the performance.
All 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 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday. Tickets for individual shows can also be purchased at specific outlets in the cities of the performance venues: Mendocino Book Company (Ukiah), Arena Market & Café (Point Arena), Harvest Market (Fort Bragg), and All That Good Stuff (Boonville). Tickets for the shows can sell out quickly; advance tickets are strongly encouraged. The 2016 Museum Road Show is generously supported by our Broadcast Partner KZYX and local businesses, including: Ingel-Haven Ranch/Magruder Meats, North Coast Brewing Company, Savings Bank of Mendocino County, The Book Juggler, Emandal-A Farm on a River, Harvest Market, Lia Patterson RE/MAX Full Spectrum, Lisa Epstein State Farm, Mendo Mill, Room to Bloom Preschool & Infant Center, Albion Doors & Window, Sparetime Supply, DripWorks, Real Estate Magazine, and Saucy Ukiah.
Paloma Patterson, M.A.
Mendocino County Museum
400 East Commercial Street
Willits, CA 95490