Actors featured in the Winters Theatre Company's production of "Green Gold of the Valley" are, from left, Jeremy Nelson, Dona Akers, Lori Vaughn, Jesse Akers. Courtesy photo


Winters melodrama features local history

Just the ticket

What: Winters Theatre Company production of “Green Gold of the Valley”

When: 6:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday

Where: Winters Community Center, 201 Railroad Ave., Winters

Tickets: $35 general, $20 for children 12 and under; Pacific Ace Hardware or Winters Chamber of Commerce; (530) 795-4014 or [email protected]

By Germaine S. Hupe

On Friday and Saturday, 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 p.m. at the Winters Community Center, 201 Railroad Ave. Doors will be open at 6:30 p.m., 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 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 the theater company 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 that will make Winters a bonafide Yolo County town. A scheming villain and his female accomplice, each with his or 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 evildoers 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 fiancé.

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

Tickets are $35 for adults and $20 for children 12 and under, available at Pacific Ace Hardware, 35 Main St. in Winters, and the Winters Visitor Center/Chamber of Commerce office, 11 Main St.; or call (530) 795-4014 or email [email protected]. Wednesday is the deadline for reservations.

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