Photo by Antonia Bath
Teens rehearsing their performance at the 22nd year of Camp Cabaretâ€™s theatre camp. The beloved outdoor musical theatre experience also has winter sessions.
An exciting day of musical and theatrical performances for all ages is sure to delight Butterfly Day attendees. The schedule includes nationally renowned artists, such as JB Whittenburg of Hallelujah Boy, Peter Alsop, Vir McCoy, and Luella Roche, who will showcase alongside emerging Topanga talents like Aurora Finetti, Allegra Frost and Camp Cabaret All-Stars!
Peter Alsop is a nationally known singer/songwriter, educator and humorist with a Ph.D. in educational psychology. His 22 albums and seven DVDs consistently win â€śBest Childrenâ€™sâ€ť awards from organizations such as Parentsâ€™ Choice and the Association for Independent Music. In addition to receiving eight Best Childrenâ€™s Album awards, Peter is a loving Dad and Grandfather, with an open mind and a sense of humor, a video producer, a feature film director, an actor, and a Certified Experiential Therapist. He is a longtime Topanga resident and husband of Theatricum Botanicumâ€™s artistic director, Ellen Geer.
Antonia Bath hails from Hastings, East Sussex, England and has worked as an actor, singer and voiceover artist since graduation from UCLAâ€™s School of Theatre, Film and Television. She is Founder and Director of Camp Cabaret, a musical theatre camp located in Topanga and also sings in the band Kummerspeck, a Topanga Days local favorite for classic rock. She has performed nationally in the renowned Cirque Bezerk and played venues from the Howlinâ€™ Wolf to CBGBs.
Camp Cabaret Allstars: Antonia Bathâ€™s Camp Cabaret is in its 22nd year of an extraordinary outdoor musical theater experience for children. Antonia, the â€śQueen of the Fairies of Goodness,â€ť has a knack for pulling performances out of the shyest members of the company and encouraging the fiery light within her performance-loving, rising stars. Butterfly Day will showcase Aurora Finetti, Allegra Frost, Iset Powers, Rebecca Land Hill, and Gabriella Ebrahimian in solo and group performances.
Aurora Finetti and Allegra Frost are alumni of Topanga Elementary Charter School, and have performed often in Topanga including the school musicals, Topanga Youth Services Talent Shows, and Camp Cabaret. Finetti has sung the National Anthem for Topanga Days. Frost won third place for mandolin as the youngest entrant of the Santa Barbara Old Time Fiddle Festival in 2018.
Vir McCoy & Heather Christie: Vir McCoy has recorded over 200 original songs on 20 albums across multiple genres including childrenâ€™s music with his band, Kid Kaleidoscope, plus rock, funk, world tribal, hip hop, electronica, devotional, and comedy; recorded with superstars such as Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead and Beats Antique; founded the award-winning band Hamsa Lila, whose Gathering One album reached #2 on world music charts. Vir is a multi-instrumentalist, who in addition to contemporary instruments, plays the Sintir or Guimbri, the camel-skin ethnic bass of Morocco, as well as other stringed indigenous instruments and a unique bass hybrid instrument he designed known as the Ark-Bass.
Heather Christie is a musician, creative entrepreneur, vocalist, producer, and DJ whose passion is helping people awaken their creativity through music and expressive arts therapy. Heather is founder of the holistic music school, Mind Body Music, as well as the indie label, Moonbabe Records, where female music artists and mamas are celebrated and uplifted through co-creation, diversity, community, and honoring feminine wisdom. Her latest group project is Honey Wild. heathercsongs.com.
Luella Roche is 19 years old and a singer/songwriter from Woodstock, New York. Luella grew up enveloped by the famous Woodstock sound and formed by the depth of its musical history. Now living in Topanga, she is greatly inspired by folkarock music of the late Sixties and early Seventies, combined with the influences of modern pop music, creating her own unique, contemporary folk/pop sound.
JB Whittenburg is a prolific songwriter, singer and leader of the indie rock band Hallelujah Boy, who have recorded 13 albums of original music. When performing solo, he conjures sounds similar to Neil Young, Elliott Smith and The Beatles, amongst others. Hear the new album, Mercurial Boulevard Vol. 1 at: linktr.ee/hallelujahboy