‘Victor/Victoria’ preview benefit

THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

A preview performance of “Victor/Victoria” still was about an hour away as most of Thursday evening’s special guests arrived at Santa Rosa’s 6th Street Playhouse.

It was just enough time for the nearly 90 patrons to visit and to treat themselves to the enticing array of appetizers and wines set out in the lobby.

Supporters of the Sonoma County Task Force for the Homeless were treated to a preview performance of musical comedy "Victor/Victoria" with Tim Setzer, center, in the role of Carroll "Toddy" Todd during a benefit for the Sonoma County Task Force for the Homeless at the 6th Street Playhouse. (Alvin Jornada / The Press Democrat)

Supporters of the Sonoma County Task Force for the Homeless were treated to a preview performance of musical comedy “Victor/Victoria” with Tim Setzer, center, in the role of Carroll “Toddy” Todd during a benefit for the Sonoma County Task Force for the Homeless at the 6th Street Playhouse. (Alvin Jornada / The Press Democrat)

Coming on the eve of the public opening of “Victor/Victoria,” this was a benefit for the work of the Sonoma County Task Force for the Homeless. Members of the nonprofit’s board prepared and served the plentiful food and donated wines.

A big hit were the three flavors of ice cream whipped up on the spot with liquid nitrogen by folks from Santa Rosa’s NitroKarma, located inside Dave’s Market on West Third Street.

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The hosts interrupted the socializing and tasting long enough to welcome the supporters and tell a bit about the task force, a coalition committed to ending homelessness in Sonoma County and assisting people reduced to living in cars or on the streets.

Some of the guests asked to become involved in the mission and others expressed interest in having members of the task force come and speak to their civic groups.

The musical began, then intermission allowed for more refreshments and conversation.

“Victor/Victoria” opened officially Friday and runs through Feb. 2.