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Thursday, June 3, 2010

Sebastappeal ~ Vaudeville's Back

The Sebastopol Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to be a sponsor of the long-running Vaudeville troupe the New Old Time Chautauqua that comes to the Analy High School Theater in Sebastopol on Saturday, June 26 at 7:30 PM. The show is an artful evening that blends the raucous and the sublime-juggling, folk music, acrobatic dance, new music, Sousa marches, lasso and a cowgirl. Old-Time, new time, good time. With performances for all ages, the event promises to be fun for the whole family.

For over thirty years, the New Old Time Chautauqua (NOTC) has delighted audiences throughout the states with a unique collection of both internationally acclaimed and up-and-coming entertainers. An NOTC Variety Show features comedy, music and variety acts for an evening of fun and merriment for the whole family. The house band, the Fighting Instruments of Karma Marching Chamber Band/Orchestra, accompanies each performance with rousing music and zany wisecracks.

The NOTC was founded in 1981 by a group of adventurous performers, health care practitioners and educators, including the world-famous juggling comedians the Flying Karamazov Brothers and Dr. Patch Adams, known to millions through Robin Williams’ portrayal in the movie "Patch Adams."

The show will feature the Flying Karamazov Brothers (world famous Jugglers and Masters of Cheap Theatrics), Mark Growden, Scuff & Boom Boom, Islando and Shannon, Poetic Motion Machine, Stephen "Foolio" Bent, Fyodor Karamazov, Dusty Rhodes and her Handsome Cowboy, Revolva, Vanessa Vortex, Mamazon, Thaddeus Spae and the Fighting Instruments of Karma Marching Band/Orchestra.

They mix innovative music and circus skills with humor and spirit in a respectful nod to variety entertainment of years gone by. From the 1870s to the 1920s, similar groups that also traveled under the moniker of Chautauqua roamed the countryside, bringing entertainment and education to rural communities across America. Theodore Roosevelt once called the traveling Chautauquas "the most American thing in America." Sadly, this form of live entertainment faded with the growing popularity of radio and motion pictures.

Tickets for this uniquely entertaining vaudeville show are $10.00. Advance tickets are available at and People's Music in Sebastopol.

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