A Postcard from Paris

Michel Michelis brings Cirque de Boheme home to Sonoma

Story  Jonah Raskin  – Photos submitted

A holiday season without Michel Michelis and Cirque de Bohème would be like a holiday season without stockings, family and friends and bright, colorful lights. This year’s Cirque show—the seventh in a row—promises to take viewers on a tour of Paris, the City of Light, and to bring its joie de vivre to life on the stage at Cornerstone Sonoma. The show is called, “A Paris,” and, if you haven’t been to the Left Bank, the Right Bank or strolled along the Seine (or even if you have), you won’t want to miss this extravaganza.

As always, Cirque de Bohème dazzles with song, dance, comedy, costumes, and sets. Monsieur Michelis, the stellar producer of the annual performance and a veteran circus master as well as an inspired theatrical genius, knows how to entertain an audience.

After all, he’s had decades of experience dating back to his own youth, when he performed on the streets of Paris, the birthplace of bohemian culture and a legendary space for artists, lovers, and dreamers.

Last summer, Michelis took his show on the road and performed at Avignon in France, where he polished his craft and at the same time renewed his roots in the French theatrical tradition.

This year’s performance begins right after Thanksgiving and runs until just before Christmas; three days in November and six days in December.

“Our new show is like a postcard from Paris to the people in the audience,” Michelis says. “It’s also a tribute to Notre Dame, where the fire took place earlier this year.” He adds, “The main storyteller is the King of the Thieves who is also the Prince of Magic. That role is played by Ken Garr. The other characters are Parisians who live in the community known as La Cour de Miracle, which is near Notre Dame.”

As always, Michel Michelis welcomes the audience at the start of each and every performance. “Don’t forget that your childhood dreams are still alive,” he says.

After this year’s winds, fires, and smoke, northern Californians will no doubt be ready for a miracle or two, a happy ending, and for the fun and the funny things that Michel Michelis and Cirque de Bohème will provide, once again.

A portion of the ticket sales benefits two organizations: the Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance; and the Living Room, the only day center in Sonoma County that serves homeless and at-risk women and children.

Tickets $34 adults, $27 kids (15 or younger) and are available at:  cirquedeboheme2019.bpt.me.