Free Museum Days, Book Signings and Theater in Yolo County

The Woodland Opera House has announced that its next main stage production will be “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”.

Opening in March, this musical, based on the Victor Hugo novel, will feature new songs from Oscar-winning team Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz. The show tells the story of 15th century Paris and deformed ringer Quasimodo who longs to be free and falls in love with gypsy Esmeralda after she treats him kindly when he escapes from his sneaky guardian. and finds himself at the mercy of the cruel crowds of the streets of Paris.

“This compelling production with hauntingly beautiful music, dance sequences, incredible set and costumes, not to mention superb acting will leave you on the edge of your seat,” a press release states. of the Woodland Opera House.

Tickets can be purchased online at, by phone at (530) 666-9617, or in person at the Woodland Opera House box office located at 340 Second St.

The opening of the play is scheduled for Friday, March 11 and will continue until Sunday, April 3. Friday and Saturday shows start at 7:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. on Sunday.

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The Winters Theater Company is looking for male and female actors aged 20 to audition for five one-act plays.

The plays will be staged in April for a special Spring Jubilation, an Evening of Music and Theater. Auditions will be held in Winters on March 7 and 9 from 7-9 p.m.

For more information and to schedule an audition, contact Linda Glick at or (530) 304-1511.

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For the first time since November due to a COVID-19 related cancellation, the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra will perform at the Mondavi Center.

The orchestra will perform “Three Pieces from the Pandemic” which explores the conflicted emotions that many have experienced in recent years and “Kuyén” which is inspired by the moon goddess of the Mapuche people of Chile and Argentina. The orchestra will also perform Antonin Dvořák’s Eighth Symphony.

The performance is scheduled for March 5 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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Local author David Wilkinson will hold book signings for his two books “Crafting a Valley Jewel: Architects and Builders of Woodland” and “Gertrude’s Oaks: The History & Legacy of Woodland’s Urban Forest”.

“Gertrude’s Oaks,” which was released in late November and took Wilkinson about five years to complete, explores the story of Gertrude Swain Freeman, a young schoolteacher who gave her name to Woodland in 1861 after her husband founded the small town cut in an oak grove in the valley.

“Crafting a Valley Jewel” was written by Wilkinson in 2003 as the first installment in a series he wrote about the cultural history of Woodland.

Signings will take place March 4 at 6 p.m. at Local Inspirations, located at 524 Main Street in downtown Woodland. All proceeds from the event will go to the Yolo County Historical Society.

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The Free Museum Weekend, once known for drawing thousands of residents to local museums, is back, this time in a hybrid in-person and virtual format.

Last year, the Sacramento Museums Collaborative went entirely virtual for Free Museum Month. For 2022, guests will be able to choose between visiting their favorite museums during a free weekend on March 5-6, either in person or through online virtual activities.

There are several museums to choose from, including the California Agricultural Museum, located at 1962 Hays Ln. in Woodland, which showcases the wonders of agriculture and commercial trucking and is home to the world’s largest collection of antique farm equipment.

Younger children will enjoy a visit to the Sacramento Children’s Museum, located at 2701 Prospect Park Dr. in Rancho Cordova, where interactive exhibits are designed to inspire children to be creative and explore the world around them. Visitors can paint in the art studio or splash around in the waterways while exercising their imagination. The museum is designed for young children from birth to 8 years old.

For a comprehensive California education, the California Museum educates and enlightens visitors about the state’s rich history and legacy of influencing the world through ideas, innovation, arts, and culture. Home to the official California Hall of Fame, this museum is located at 1020 O St. in Sacramento.

All guests must pre-register for free admission, otherwise regular admission fees will apply. For more information on all the museums on offer and to register, visit

UC Davis will also host a similar concept called Biodiversity Museum Day. Specimens and artifacts from 11 participating UC Davis museums and collections will be on display at the UC Davis Conference Center, according to the university.

The event is free and will take place on Sunday, March 6 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information about the event, visit

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Tickets for Broadway sensation, “WICKED,” are on sale now at Broadway Sacramento.

The play follows the untold story of the witches of OZ, Elphaba and Glinda, as their initial rivalry turns into the most unlikely of friendships before the world tarnishes the relationship when they call one “good” and the other “nasty”. With dazzling costumes and electrifying music, this musical is sure to please.

The play will run from March 30 to April 24. To purchase tickets, visit

Center Stage is a column exploring the arts in and around Yolo County.

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