Fantastics land in Snohomish

  • Wed Apr 28th, 2010 7:11pm
  • Life

By Theresa Goffredo Herald Writer

You can travel the world through music along with the singing, dancing and comedy troupe of the Leight Fantastics whose tune-filled tour delivers musical favorites from the land of Disney to the city of Nashville and beyond.

This musical tour is part of the Fantastics’ 32nd Annual Variety Show, “Destination: Entertainment!” playing for six performances at Snohomish High School Performing Arts Center.

This will be the last year the Fantastics play at the PAC because it’s due for demolition this summer. The variety show is expected to return for a 33rd year in 2011 at the new Glacier Peak High School Theatre in Snohomish.

Eleanor Leight, founder of the Fantastics, said she’s looking forward to performing in more modern surroundings.

“Though we certainly wouldn’t move if the building wasn’t being torn down,” Leight said.

The show’s master of ceremonies is Frank Rainsberger, who acts as the tour guide for the trip, which begins at Disneyland for a rendition of “Beauty and the Beast.”

Then it’s on to Munich for a USO-inspired set of hits including “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.”

The next stop is the British Isles for selections from “Riverdance,” and another Disney classic “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.”

The tour continues with stops at Seattle’s Jazz Alley, Nashville, Hollywood and New York. The songs match each destination with hits like “Take the ‘A’ Train,” Johnny Cash and June Carter’s “Jackson,” Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” and “Damn Yankees.”

Leight mentioned that crowd pleaser George Hobson Jr., is back in the act along with Chad Donahue, who performs as Elvis.

In addition to musical numbers, the Fantastics punctuate the stops along the way with dancing from “The Valley View Hoofers” and “The Dawn Patrol” and various novelty acts.

At the show’s end, Rainsberger returns the audience to Snohomish where the Fantastics sing a farewell to the performing arts center with their version of “I’ll be Seeing You.”

“Destination: Entertainment” opens at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Snohomish High School Performing Arts Center, 1316 Fifth St., Snohomish. Shows are 7:30 May 7, and 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. May 8 and May 9.

Tickets are $10 and $7. Call the ticket info line at 360-568-5198 or buy tickets at Upper Case Books, 611 Second St., Snohomish. Proceeds benefit the Snohomish Historical Society and the Boys &Girls Clubs.

Theresa Goffredo: 425-339-3424;