.‘A Step Back in Time’ Fundraiser at Sebastiani Theatre

For nearly a century, Sonoma’s Sebastiani Theatre has proven more than a venue for movies and live performances—it’s an institution that many Sonomans have either grown up loving or have grown to love.

The theater first opened its doors in April 1934 and for 90 years has been a consistent part of the Sonoma cultural landscape. It provides a venue for movies, live music, stage works and a bevy of events—among them the upcoming “Step Back in Time” event, which is a fundraiser for the theater itself.

This fundraiser features a diverse lineup of musicians and performers, including Sean Carscadden, a musician whose contributions to the western swing genre have earned him recognition in several halls of fame. Carscadden, whose family history is deeply rooted in the local music scene, will be performing alongside Mickey Cannon, the skilled drummer from Gator Nation, and Cliff Hugo, known for his work with Supertramp and Ray Charles, as part of the Sean Carscadden Trio.

The event also highlights the versatile Lexy Fridell, a performer with a rich history on Broadway, including roles in The Pee-wee Herman Show and Finding Nemo: The Musical. Fridell’s one-woman show, Brace Yourself! Tales of Broadway, Braces, Dating, & Drool, has likewise garnered accolades. Diego Garcia, a Sonoma native with an international performance record, adds to the event lineup. His education at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and achievements in conducting, producing and songwriting showcase the depth of talent rallying for the fundraiser.

In addition to music, the event will feature performances by Grupo Folklorico Quetzalen and the Sonoma Conservatory of Dance, groups dedicated to preserving and promoting dance traditions and fostering the community’s creative spirit.

Emerging talent Zee Hubbard, who has graced the Sebastiani Theatre stage since her youth, will perform, as will the Sebastiani’s beloved in-house magician Roger Rhoten.

Culminating the evening’s performances, the Sebastiani Theatre House Band, The Neil Fontano Quintet, promises to deliver a set that encapsulates the fundraiser’s spirit. With Neil Fontano on piano, Robby Elfman on reeds, Tom Martin on bass, Todd Morgan on drums and Emily Day as vocalist, the ensemble will contribute their sounds to the night’s goal.

All proceeds go toward the continued operation and maintenance of the theater.

‘A Step Back in Time’ commences at 5:30pm on Saturday, April 6, with a reception featuring drinks and hors d’oeuvres. The show itself begins at 7pm. The Sebastiani Theatre is located on the Plaza in Sonoma at 476 First St. East. Tickets available at sebastianitheatre.com. VIP seats are $250; general admission is $150. Attendees are encouraged to wear ’30s-era costumes.

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