The Woodland Opera House opens a new season of shows, a new exhibition at the John Natsoulas Gallery | Center Stage – Woodland Daily Democrat | Candle Made Easy

The Woodland Opera House will open its 2022-23 show season with a production of In the Heights.

This four-time Tony Award-winning production follows Usnavi, a bodega owner and friend of Vanessa, who works at a beauty salon. The couple work hard with big dreams and exude the sense of hope that drives so many immigrants

The play tells a story about family, community and life in the Latino neighborhood of Washington Heights in Upper Manhattan, New York City. Known as a place where the windows are always open and the breeze carries the rhythm of the music, it’s a community on the brink of change, filled with hopes, dreams, pressures, and where the biggest struggles may be deciding which Traditions are to be maintained at a press release from the Woodland Opera House.

Packed with lively dance scenes and music that includes hip-hop, salsa, merengue and soul music, the story explores three days in the lives of the characters.

The show at the Woodland Opera House at 340 Second St. in Woodland begins on Friday, August 5 and runs through Sunday, August 28, with performances beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights and at 2:00 p.m. on Sundays :00 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at…/in-the-heights-woodland-woodland…

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The John Natsoulas Gallery in Davis is hosting a new exhibition beginning July 27 in honor of William T. Wiley and his artwork.

Wiley was one of funk’s leading artists, and his 1966 “Slant Step Show” became ubiquitous in the movement. The exhibition aims to show the intensity of his artistic, social and political discourse, as he was not afraid to engage with issues such as racism, war, environmental degradation and societal change throughout his career.

Wiley’s own artistic training began at the California School of Fine Arts (later the San Francisco Art Institute), where he received his BFA in 1960 and his MFA in 1962. Shortly thereafter, he relocated to accept a teaching position at UC Davis. He joined faculty colleagues Robert Arneson, Roy De Forest and Wayne Thiebaud in shaping UC Davis’ art department into a powerhouse. Collectively, this group of artists taught the following generation, including Bruce Nauman, Deborah Butterfield, Richard Shaw, Stephen Kaltenbach, and Stephen Laub.

The exhibition runs through September 24 at the John Natsoulas Gallery at 521 1st St.

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Former students, cast and crew members, staff and friends of Woodland Opera House gathered on Wednesday to celebrate the retirement of longtime contributor Eva Sarry.

Over three dozen people gathered just outside the Opera House doors with balloons, personal cards and signs as they dismissed Sarry and wished her luck in her move to San Francisco. She was also presented with a gift basket on behalf of the board and staff of the Woodland Opera House.

During her time at the Opera House, Sarry held many jobs, working as a dance teacher and show director and choreographer on productions such as “Fiddler on the Roof” and “The Brigadoon”. She has also appeared in several productions including White Christmas and Thoroughly Modern Millie.

Sarry also began the training program at the Woodland Opera House. The program began as a ballet program with just a few classes and has since grown exponentially, teaching 300 to 400 children each year. Along with Baltezore and James Glica-Hernandez, longtime teachers, mentors and music directors who have recently passed away, Sarry helped found the Broadway Bound Performing Arts Group, the elite group that serves as ambassadors for the Woodland Opera House.

“She has been such a big part of the growth of our educational program and the choreography and artistic development of our main stage,” said Angela Baltezore, executive director of the Woodland Opera House.

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The new exhibition, Another World: The Transcendental Painting Group, is slated to open August 28 at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento.

The museum’s traveling exhibition, organized by the Crocker, includes about 85 works. The exhibition opens in Sacramento amid a national tour. The original opening was postponed due to COVID-19 closures.

“The Transcendental Painting Group (TPG), formed in 1938 in Santa Fe and Taos, New Mexico, transformed the dramatic natural settings of the Southwest into luminous reflections of the human spirit,” Crocker’s website reads.

Another World: The Transcendental Painting Group is on display at the Crocker Art Museum at 216 E St. from August 28th to November 20th.

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

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