The first rehearsal for the 2015 Show took place on January 24th. The creative crew and production folks have been meeting since September 2014, each month adding a needed technical specialist to the group. But Saturday was the day that all the actors came on board and everyone got to meet each other. There were familiar faces from last year and some new ones. It was exciting to hear the script read aloud around the table for the first time. All About Sally wove in their songs; even playing informally, they sounded amazing. A new show is born! [AG]
We've checked out the spaces, reserved the places, and moved dates around like puzzle pieces. The Mendocino County Museum Road Show is starting its journey to 2015.
The "we" refers to our intrepid team of:
Without further ado, the dates and venues for 2015!
The Mendocino County Museum has unfolded its maps, ready to chart the county-wide course for the 2015 Museum Roadshow. We're adding some great landmarks along the way.
From last year's line-up:
If you missed the Museum Road Show when it toured in your neck of the county, or if you want to relive the music, drama and laughter, LISTEN UP! KZYX&Z 90.7 & 91.5 will air a recording of the Museum Road Show on Wednesday July 23 at 8 pm - a very special broadcast of Radiogram! The broadcast is of the final performance of the 2014 Museum Road Show, which took place before an amazing audience at Eagle's Hall in Fort Bragg.
The Museum Road Show Programme is shown below.
The Museum Road Show made it through its inaugural weekend with flying colors. What a Show! What Acting! What Singing! And the audiences were great!
They might not have known what to expect, but they were intrigued, and they came. And they listened and laughed, felt the solemn moments and the rumbling sound effects, sang and clapped.
It's all about remembering and understanding the past, whether it's our own personal past or not, and celebrating the places and connecting the communities where we live. (It's also all about All About Sally, the wonderful Museum Road Show Band, and Linda Pack being an excellent director.)
One hundred forty-four (144) people showed up in Willits for the first ever public performance. Ninety (90) people joined us for the second show on a rainy Saturday night in Philo, most buying their tickets at the door! Thank you for your curiosity and your enthusiasm!
For our future audiences, please note that online sales of tickets for the Ukiah and Fort Bragg shows are proportionately larger. The Mendocino College Little Theatre in Ukiah holds fewer than 200 people and we won't be able to squeeze extra folks in. It is possible that Ukiah tickets will be limited at the door on performance night. We highly encourage buying tickets in advance, online, at Mendocino Book Company, or at the Mendocino County Museum in Willits.
Eagle's Hall in Fort Bragg will hold over 200 folks, so it can handle visitors from other areas for those who want to make the trek. After the rigors of travel 100 years ago, we've got it easy.
Opening night is here! After countless rehearsals, and incremental evolution of sound effects, lights, cues, blocking, finding props, testing costumes, memorizing lines, it all comes together now. Huge and deep-felt thanks to Linda Pack for making this story come true, for gathering a troupe of passionate and professional actors and crew, inspiring a group of creative designers and builders, and bringing Mendocino County history to dramatic life.
Hopefully, we'll be forgiven for thinking we're on to something great. When I watch the rehearsals, I laugh at the humor, I'm touched by the sense of connection, I sing to the music, and I always clap at the end. Tiffany Revelle, reporter, and Nathan deHart, photographer, from the Ukiah Daily Journal joined last week's rehearsal to document our progress, and it's always interesting to see the show through others' eyes. The results were in Sunday's edition of the Ukiah Daily Journal for all to see. Here's the link:
Anyone who can help us put up posters, distribute postcards, and otherwise get the word out, please call Paloma Patterson at the Museum at 707-459-2736
Wearing many hats, the seven (7! count 'em, 7!) splendid actors in the Mendocino County Museum Road Show will portray more than 35 amazing local characters from 100 years ago. Billy Hetherington, Garet Waterhouse, and Bryan Arnold will bring to life the stories of David Warren Rider of Potter Valley, Bet Barnwell of Branscomb and Dan Jensen of Point Arena, as well as many others.
But, hats off to the ladies! Wearing the millinery confections shown here, Kate Magruder of Potter Valley will play Nannie Escola of Mendocino; Nicole Paravicini of Fort Bragg will play Dorothy Hutchings of Willits; Ricci Dedola of Mendocino will play Aldine Gorman of Greenwood; and LInda Pack will read Elsie Allen of Ukiah Valley.
At the first Museum Road Show rehearsal, the last Saturday in January, the actors were actually in the same room with each other, the band members were introduced, and everyone was checking out the Show's characters for the first time. Of course, the industrious Linda Pack had met and spoken with each of the actors and musicians, and, for that matter, the characters as well, but, until that Saturday, it was all indirect, tin can telephone, if you will. They hadn't truly met.
The actors didn't all know each other already, but some knew of others' names, and all were familiar with the shifting configurations of acting gigs. They seemed genuinely impressed with the caliber of the group they had trustingly joined. They traded histories, when and why they ended up in Mendocino County, and shared stories of the trade. They're all pros, one can tell. They took in stride that an amazing show will come to life in one month's time and that they are the show.
Then, just sitting around the table, papers scattered in front of them, they read through the show, from song to script and back again. From "old reporter" to "young reporter", from innocent child to musician-turned-woodsman. From giddy to fearful, indignant to ironic.
It was sooooo cool to listen to them, to watch them - I was mesmerized. The stories weave and flow together, sharing the essence of the characters - people drawn from Mendocino County history, individuals finding their voices again. The music, threading through the poems and pieces, melded wonderfully with the prose.
The actors and musicians weren't "in character" yet. There were no costumes, no sound effects, none of the vintage photographs that will grace the final show, no proscenium arch. There was only a group of talented people coming together for the Museum Road Show, giving life to stories from our past.
~ Alison Glassey, Museum Director
And now, a word from our Artistic Director, Production Designer, Chautauqua Troupe Director and Performer, Linda Pack:
It’s an honor and privilege, and immense work and fun, to bring the stories of our county to the people of our county.
Here’s what's coming to the 2014 First-Ever Annual Mendocino County Museum Road Show -- A Grand Comic, Musical and Dramatic Entertainment of Local History starring Eminent Local Thespians presenting our county’s exciting past in the exciting and authentic style of the past!
See and Hear Amazing True Tales of Early Life in Our County!
Thrill to startling Tales of Courage and Turpitude from the early days of our county circa 100 years ago, including:
Doors open at 6:30 pm to Curiosities, Exhibits & Activities in our Pop-Up Museum Gallery in the lobby. Show begins at 7:30. ONE NIGHT ONLY IN EACH LOCATION!
An Entirely Mendocino County created Product – all content, all performers, all stories.
Occupy the Past!
(And next year we plan to do another one, with all different stories. And the year after that, and the year after that…there is so much richness here.)