Witchie Poo Players head to camp
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The Witchie Poo Players present their 32nd annual Halloween Extravaganza stage show, “Witchie Poo and Lemmie Go To Camp,” in four weekend matinees at 2 p.m., Oct. 20, 21, 27 and 28, at the Sebastiani Theatre, 476 First St. E., in Sonoma.
This year’s program, the 32nd annual Witchie Poo Halloween Extravaganza, features performances by a fabulous cast of 60-some Witchie Poo Players. Bring the whole family for this very “camp” event, which showcases talents in the star-filled line-up including Roger Rhoten, the Magic Man; the Magic Kid II Jack Kelly; Witchie Poo (Diana Rhoten); Lemmie; the zany Cruise Brothers, Jake and Elwood (Bob Gossett and Andrew Spear); the multi-talented Philip Sales as camp director Captain Froggey; the raucous Skeleton Jack (Dave Robbins) and the unlovely Count Flatula (Spencer Rank). Amee Alioto stepped in to choregraph and brought dance extraordinaires Candace Egnew and Mikey Snider along.
This year, famed Halloween queen, Witchie Poo, and her trusted companion, Lemmie, are off to camp with the Witchie Poo Players. In this medley of Halloween mischief and entertainment drummer “Animal” (Rod Leeburg), the hairy, bright yellow monster, will add his thumping and chiming percussive elements to the melee, along with keyboardist Cat Austin of ETC.
The myriad Witchie Poo Campers – tiny hip hopping and tap dancing monsters and ghoulies – will offer up hits such as “There’s A Witch Under My Bed,” “Thriller,” “Be Kind to Your Neighborhood Monster” and “This is Halloween.” Many of these Halloween tunes, written by Gossett, have been sung though the ages at this time of year by multiple generations of Witchie Poo Players, the first of whom are now in their 40s.
Check out the “spook-tacular” aura of Halloween decorations – the Sebastiani Theatre is now in full costume, thanks to the hard work, long hours, creative energy, and endless generosity of Susan Bellach.
Attendees should come in costume for the intermission costume parade and a chance to draw for an array of prizes.
Advance general seating tickets are available in Sonoma at Readers’ Books and the Sebastiani Theatre. Adults are $9; seniors, 62 and better, and children, 12 and under, are $7. Call 996-9756 to reserve tickets.