The Winters Friends of the Library summer concert series is set to kick off with a free outdoor performance by Los Tres de Winters.
The performance is scheduled for Thursday, July 7 from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Rotary Park Gazebo in front of the Community Center, located at 201 Railroad Ave. at Winters.
The trio plays Norteño style music, with José Luis Echeverria on accordion, Adolfo Valenzuela on bajo quinto and Rafael Echeverria on bass. This upbeat music is a hybrid of Mexican and Spanish vocal traditions with waltzes and polkas brought to Mexico by Czech and German immigrants in the mid-19th century.
Residents are encouraged to pack a picnic and bring a blanket or lawn chairs to enjoy an evening of live music. Refreshments will be provided and used books will be on sale, with all proceeds going to the Winters Library.
Winters Friends of the Library has presented free outdoor concerts every Thursday in July since 1998, except in 2020. The series will continue with traditional Irish and Scottish music from Paddy on the Binge on July 14; Back Porchestra playing original and vintage roots rock, Americana and country blues on July 21; and Afincáo performing Latin music – boogaloo, Cuban son, cumbias and boleros – on July 28.
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Winters Shakespeare Workshop will present a free outdoor performance of “The Tempest” by William Shakespeare.
The show, which will feature music and dancing, will take place July 15 and 16 at 8 p.m. at Winters Community Park at the corner of 4th and Main streets.
This innovative production, directed by Gabe Fernandez, under the musical direction of Nicolas Carvajal, takes place in the 1980s.
Residents are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket and settle in for a fun evening of magic, castaway monsters, romance and revenge. Refreshments will be available for sale.
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Season tickets are on sale for the 2022-23 Davis Musical Theater Company season.
The season is set to kick off Sept. 9 with a production of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast.” The show tells the enchanting story of the beautiful and fiery Beauty and the Beast, who is actually an arrogant young prince placed under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast cannot learn to love and be loved before time runs out, he and his castle staff will be doomed for eternity.
The animated show is good for the whole family, featuring all the memorable and wonderful music from Disney’s animated classic, including “Be Our Guest”, “Gaston” and “Beauty and the Beast”. The play is set to run until October 2.
Just in time for the holiday season, the Davis Musical Theater Company will present Alan Menken’s “A Christmas Carol,” a spectacular adaptation of Charles Dickens’ well-known story. On Christmas Eve, the story follows selfish Ebenezer Scrooge as he is guided through his past, present and future by three ghosts in hopes of transforming his bitterness. Production is scheduled to run from November 11 to December 4.
The new year kicks off with the screening of “Cabaret”, a lively musical in a Berlin nightclub as the 1920s in Germany draw to a close. Musical numbers include “It Couldn’t Please Me More”, “Willkommen”, “Cabaret”, “Don’t Tell Mama”, and “Two Ladies”. The show is scheduled to run from January 9 to January 29.
Set sail March 3 with the ‘Pirates of Penzance’, a Gilbert and Sullivan classic. This musical follows Frederic who plans to mark his 21st birthday by freeing himself from the Pirate King. The show is due to run until March 26.
Based on the real newsboys’ strike of 1899, Disney’s “Newsies” is set to open April 28. The musical tells the story of rebellious newsboy Jack Kelly who dreams of a life as an artist away from the big city. After publishing giant Joseph Pulitzer raises newspaper prices at the expense of newsagents, Kelly and his fellow reporters spring into action. “Newsies” will run until May 21.
The 2022-23 season will culminate with a chilling and thrilling production of “Sweeney Todd.” The show is set in the 19th century and tells the infamous story of the unjustly exiled barber who returns to London to exact revenge on the judge who framed him. “Sweeney Todd” will run from June 23 to July 16.
For more information on the shows and to purchase subscriptions, visit https://dmtc.org/mainstage.
Center Stage is a column exploring the arts in and around Yolo County.