WTC Melodrama Features Local History

Byline  Germaine S.  Hupe

On May 11 and 12, the members of the Winters Theatre Company will present an original melodrama, “Green Gold of the Valley,” which features a local background, as their spring dinner/theater production.  The meal will be catered by the Buckhorn Restaurant and will be served at 7:00 pm.  Doors will be open at 6:30 pm, and Berryessa Gap Winery will provide wine at a no-host bar.
The ticket price will include the play, an olio presentation between acts, dinner and dessert.
The cast will interact with the audience before the performance and will present the atmosphere of a typical theatrical evening in a rural town in the 1890s.  Audience members are invited to join the actors and to dress in the style of the era.  Western dress, Centennial costumes, and “Sunday best” (with extravagant ladies’ hats and fancy vests for gentlemen) are all very appropriate, but costumes are not mandatory and everyone is welcome.

Patrons will meet villains and lawmen, farmers and their wives, fashionable ladies and gentlemen, school marms and dance hall girls – the traditional characters of a Western town as WTC recreates the age of the melodrama.

The plot of “Green Gold of the Valley” concerns the civic pride of community leaders as they plan to celebrate the granting of a charter which will make Winters a bonafide Yolo County town.  A scheming villain and his female accomplice, each with his/her own felonious agenda, plan to rob the city of its land grant and steal precious agricultural seedlings, thus making their ill-gotten fortunes at the expense of local citizens.  The evil doers are thwarted in their criminal activities by a clever school marm (who happens to be a direct descendant of the city’s founding father) and her stalwart, but soft spoken fiance.

Plan to join WTC and cheer the hero, hiss and boo the villain, and sigh with the heroine as the plot unfolds.

Tickets are $35.00 for adults and $20.00 for children twelve and under. For reservations call 530-795-4014 or send email to  Tickets can also be purchased at Pacific Ace Hardware and the Winters Visitor Center/Chamber of Commerce.  Ticket reservations or purchases by May 9, please.

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