Vallejo resident Dylan McBride has a “mountain” of talent – the Times-Herald

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For more than a century, the sounds of the stage have been drifting through the trees and echoing through the valleys of Mount Tamalpais every summer, as the Mountain Games Association maintains a tradition first established in 1913.

At first, visitors went on a hike or boarded the legendary gravity train to see performances of traditional plays. Eventually the show turned into a Broadway-style musical, and a dazzling 3,750-stone amphitheater was built by the Civil Protection Corps in the 1930s.

This year’s offer is a favorite classic “Hello, Dolly!” the romantic and comic story of Dolly Gallagher Levy with Vallejo resident Diane McBride as the protagonist.

“We’ve been waiting a long time to do this show,” McBride said. “We have a great lineup of dancers, singers and actors, as well as a full orchestra of 20 people. Shares is a show ultimately about rebirth and transformation. I think it will be really special. “

In addition to being a prolific actor, McBride is also a singer, director and teacher. Despite so many other experiences in her career, she said the opportunity to perform in such a unique setting is something else.

“It’s special – there are times when you feel an incredible connection with the earth and the sky,” McBride said. “And it does something to you that makes you feel pretty free. To really be able to look at the sky and see the clouds is pretty magical. You know, you feel like a rock star because you have 2,000 to 4,000 people watching you, and you see that everyone and people really like it. ”

Among the many other great aspects of such an open and natural setting for the venue is that the local wildlife can come out and mix, as McBride described it recently.

“We were in the middle of rehearsal on Sunday, and the deer was just hanging out with us,” McBride said. “The other day a ladybug came and sat on my shoulder, which felt pretty charming.

“Later we had butterflies flying, it’s very cool, you just can’t win.”

After a two-year break at COVID, McBride and her acting colleagues look forward to sharing their hard work with a live audience and honoring the legacy of the Mountain Play Association.

“On a clear day, if you’re sitting about halfway in the auditorium, you’ll discover a beautiful view of San Francisco,” McBride said. “It’s really amazing that it lasted so long and that families have been coming for so many years. It really doesn’t look like anything else. “

When you go:
When: Park opens at 9 a.m., show begins at 2 p.m., May 22, 29, 5, 11-12, June 19
Where: Mountain Theater, Mount Tamalpais State Park
Price: $ 25- $ 185; Transfer to the parking lot for $ 10
For more information: mountainplay.org, 415-383-1100

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