MWCC seeks 4 'Wonderettes'

GARDNER -- Mount Wachusett Community College's Theatre at the Mount announces auditions for the musical "The Marvelous Wonderettes" on Sunday, March 31, at 6 p.m., and Monday, April 1, at 7 p.m., in Room 182 at MWCC, 444 Green St.

Take a trip back to the 1958 Springfield High School prom, where we meet The Marvelous Wonderettes, four girls with voices as big as their bouffants and personalities as kooky as their crinoline skirts. From prom night to their 10-year reunion the girls perform such classic hits as "It's My Party," "Mr. Sandman," "Son of a Preacher Man," "Leader of the Pack," "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me," "You Don't Own Me," "Respect" and many more.

Director Peter Landry is looking for a cast of four women who can play ages 18-28. For detailed character descriptions, visit the TAM web site at www.mwcc.edu/tam.

Performances are June 14, 15, 21, 22 and 23. For information, contact professor Gail Steele at 978-630-9162 or g_steele@mwcc.mass.edu.

Drag show March 28 at FSU

FITCHBURG -- The Gay Straight Alliance at Fitchburg State University will present its 14th annual drag show Thursday, March 28, at 7 p.m., to build awareness and raise money for the university's LGTBQ student scholarship fund.

The Cookies & Queens Annual Drag Show will be held at the Athletics and Recreation Center, 130 North St.


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Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

This year's program will feature dancing and cabaret-style performances by 10 stage performers, including Lady Sabrina, Mizery, Onyx, Roxy Brooks, G Licious G, Vita Summers, Fantasha, Destiny, Miss Kris, and Mistress of Ceremonies Raquel Blake.

Tickets are $5 for FSU students and $10 for the public. Tickets can be purchased at the information desk in Hammond Hall, 160 Pearl St. All proceeds benefit the Fitchburg State LGBTQ+ Scholarship Fund.

Associate Director of Student Development Shane Franzen has supervised the development of the show since its inception.

"This year's drag show will pay homage to the struggles of the past that have brought drag into our homes," he said. "Women such as Lottie and Crystal LaBeija were pioneers who became 'mothers' of the 'houses' that formed communities of refuge for the LGBTQ youth in the late '60s. These families became the foundation of the ball culture and underground masquerades that allowed the LGBTQ culture to really be who they wanted to be without fear of judgment. The students of Fitchburg State's Gay Straight Alliance have also created an accepting culture with one of the most anticipated and highly attended events that the university has to offer."