VALLEJO – “Star Wars”, Disney and Broadway came together as On the Fringe Visual and Performing Arts hosted “All Together Now”.
They were among more than 2,500 theaters around the world, in more than 40 countries, which presented the musical review for free.
The objective of the event is intended as a fundraiser for local theaters. One live auction was enough for On the Fringe to send some of its youngsters to the Junior Theater Festival which brings together student musical theater troupes from around the world for a weekend of chaos and madness in musical theater.
On the Fringe scored a hat-trick in August, winning a Freddie G. Excellence in Acting award. The trophy was presented at the gala.
Held online this year, the young people were masked and filmed their entry onto the stage upstairs at the Naval and Historical Museum of Vallejo. The museum also hosted the gala. On the Fringe paid tribute to Executive Director Jim Kern, who is retiring in the New Year.
“Sir. Jim is the norm in Vallejo,” said Maria Stats, founder of On the Fringe. “He knows everything and everyone.”
Stats credited Kern with helping build On the Fringe, providing them with a home.
The group paid for their first show on location, in painting, Stats said. She credited Kern with pride in his work.
“Be Our Guest” with Brighton Fuller and On the Fringe singers kicked off the performances. This was followed by Maggie, Molly and her younger sister Charlotte “Coco” Stats performing “Matchmaker” from “Fiddler on the Roof”.
The two young women who played Lulu in the San Francisco production of “Waitresses” performed “Tomorrow” of “Annie.” Coco Stats is from Suisun City. Eva Carreon is from Brentwood.
Laura Carreon, Eva’s mother, sang “Gimme Gimme (That Thing Called Love)” from “Thoroughly Modern Mille”.
Maria Stats, who served as master of ceremonies and auctioneer, noted that artists were paid in recognition.
On the Fringe mainstay Xathanel Todd sang in “James and the Giant Peach”.
Airs from “Newsies”, “Les Misérables” and “My Fair Lady” were also performed.
Statistics noted that during the Covid-19 pandemic, On The Fringe Youth delivered meals to people confined to the house and donated $ 500 to a local classroom.
The performances were dedicated to the late Bobby Finney, an actor and singer who worked closely with On the Fringe.
The show can be viewed at www.facebook.com/onthefringevapa.