And then you need a catalyst, the spark that sets it off, starts the engine and maps the way.
The Mendocino County Museum had a big idea, based on its celebration of its 40th anniversary with a Chautauqua- style variety show of theatre, music, and poetry in 2012.
What if we did an old-fashioned variety show on Mendocino County history every year?
What if the show traveled, just like the vaudeville shows of yore.
What if we took our Museum to the People (not just waiting for them to come to us)?
What if we (ultimately) made it to every community of our capacious county?
What if the Museum "hit the road", proverbially and literally?
The answer came with a spark - a spark(le) in the eyes, a definite spark of interest, with a spark of life - in the personage of Linda Pack, who had graciously appeared in the 40th anniversary celebration, and knows a thing or two about creating theatre with history, or maybe even creating history with theatre.
We're on our way to our debut performance on February 28th in Willits, swiftly followed by performances in Anderson Valley, Ukiah and Fort Bragg. We're on a road trip through Mendocino County history with a wonderful cast of characters (about whom you'll hear more soon)! As the Executive Producer (according to Linda), I'm thrilled and grateful to be working with so many amazing people on such a cool project, all about Mendocino County!
~ Alison Glassey, Director, Mendocino County Museum