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