If you’ve haven’t yet read my previous post where I reviewed StageQ’s “Queer Shorts 2.1: Queer Love,” go ahead and do so by clicking on that post here.
[hums contently to myself]
Oh, you’re still here yet? You mean you (*choose one* did/did not) read that post yet? Well, I did redirect you back there not so much because you can’t read this post without reading that post first, but more to remind you that live, local, LGBT-oriented theater does exist, and that organizations such as StageQ put on great work, with “Queer Shorts 2.1” being evidence of that.
Rather than let that post go on for too long, I wanted to devote this follow-up to a couple of aspects of my evening at “Queer Shorts.” One was a thrilling moment, the other an “oops” kind of moment, but both, for sure, were part of a pretty good night at the theater.
Let’s start with something that was really thrilling for this crossdresser: During pre-show and intermission, the proprietor of Le Dame Footwear had his wears on sale in the Bartell Theatre lobby. For the uninitiated, Le Dame is a Madison-area business that markets stylish, sexy women’s footwear in men’s sizes. And, yes, genetic girls can buy and wear them, too. (Oh, if the Le Dame name seems familiar to those outside of Madison, it’s because they’ve been featured on RuPaul’s Drag Race a few times.)
It goes without saying that Le Dame does cater to the transgender, crossdresser, and drag communities. And, yes, their presence at the Bartell lobby Friday evening did pique my interest. The good news is they had a nice selection of stylish and very sexy shows on sale and at discount, with proceeds going to support StageQ. The bad news is that what was available on the spot was narrow in width and not enough to support my rather wide feet (my male shoe size is 9-1/2 wide). But while I couldn’t get one of the awesome pairs of shows I did have my eye on (though I will try Le Dame’s website), at least I did make a purchase:
This little number, ladies and gents and otherwise, is a hot metallic red, scaly-handled purse I bought for just $15 at Le Dame’s display last night. It’s a real eye-catcher, isn’t it? And while silver may have been a more neutral color, I was immediately drawn by the red color (who wouldn’t be?). It’s a great purchase, and it’ll have a permanent spot in Allison’s closet. Thanks for the sale, Le Dame, and thanks for being a supportive part of Madison and the LGBT community. (Side note to self: Get all dolled up one of these days and take a few pics with this bag around my arm; it’ll look so fetching.)
I also teased an “oops” moment above. Well, a couple of minor “oops” moments, to be honest. The first “oops” is about what I’m proud of doing: Volunteering. And while I consider myself a good volunteer for various organizations, I haven’t had the chance to volunteer with StageQ since I helped clean out their storage shed last summer (a day I mentioned about here). I had hoped to help out as a box office attendant since then, but work demands prevented me from adjusting my own schedule to attend the required box office training. I’ve also missed out on being a simple usher; what hurts about that is I didn’t realize until this morning that a call was put out for a last-minute usher opening for Thursday night’s “Queer Shorts” performance — two days ago. (*smacks forehead*) But I will keep trying to book a box office class or at least become an usher for StageQ’s next show in April.
The second of the “oops” moments happened right after “Queer Shorts 2.1” let out. Any theater show has their own playbills or programs, which features details on what’s playing, who’s on stage, and who’s behind the scenes, not to mention who’s sponsoring. I did procure a “Queer Shorts 2.1” program to peruse through before the show and during intermission, and I thought I brought my copy home with me. But when I got home and got out of my car, the program was nowhere to be found.
Now, I’m not an intentional litterer, but… well, oops. If anything, I hope my copy of the program drifted to the floor of the Bartell lobby, where a trusty attendant would have noticed it, picked it up, and put it in a safe place — the lobby’s front counter for reuse during today’s “Queer Shorts 2.1” finale. StageQ doesn’t mind, of course, if the audience takes their copies home, the better to help tell everyone about the show and StageQ in general. But they also like it if folks turn in their copies, because while the paper used to print the programs grows on trees, the money budgeted towards printing costs does not.
Now, you’re probably asking, why am I bringing this whole thing up? Well, if you do go to the theater, I encourage you to pick up a playbill or program for the show. And take time to peruse through it, too, especially if you take your copy home with you. Yeah really read through it. Make note of the sponsors who support the show. Check the names of behind-the-scenes folks. And check, too, the names of those who appear on stage in acting roles. The program will not only serve as a memento of your evening out, it’s also a useful tool in enhancing your knowledge and appreciation of the theater community. It’ll also be handy when it comes to thinking about, “Oh, this actor played this,” “This actress played that,” “They played multiple roles tonight,” and especially, “They did such a great job that I can’t wait to see what project they’ll be performing in next.” It’s amazing how just a few pages in a booklet can be such a powerful tool in regards to appreciating something so amazing: Live and local theater by the truly creative members of your community.