To be quite frank, I, for some reason, did not think I would be this busy in the month of December. But its only been two-ish weeks and already I’ve been in two really magical shows! Debuted with my lovely Boomettes at Holidays at the Jefferson and Byrlesque at the Byrd! That was like the highlight of my already exceptional year because we sold out the Jefferson Theater in Charlottesville AND got standing ovations at both venues. FUCKING INCREDIBLE! I remember a couple really nice moments at the Byrd theater. Like when I went to say hi to my partner, a friend of mine AND my mom (who never comes to these things, i was so happy) an older gentleman stopped me and told me he had seen me in several venues and told me i looked stunning. It was just SUCH a sweet compliment! And at the same show, i was onstage performing and i could hear several people yelling my name! I asked my partner if that was our little group and he said no! So i guess that means I’m getting Richmond Famous, hahaha!
While they were in town, I was able to take some lecture classes and workshops at Boom Boom Basics with the incredible Schlep Sisters. I am just blown away by how open and kind they are. And they are such incredible performers! I was really honored and excited to have gotten to spend time with them and get to know some cool tricks and tips.
I carpooled with Puppie Buffe to The Jefferson Theater and that was a really pleasant drive. Charlottesville was fun and nerve-wracking at the same time, just because it was the first show and it was what we were working up towards for ages and ages. we rehearsed all day and when evening came, we met with our VIP ticket holders for a toast! Thanks to Lindy Avalon for being my wingman, she was helping me to flirt with cute people. And for those people who know me, I am ridiculous in social situations like this and suck at subtle flirting. I am not subtle AT ALL.
We killed that show! sold out AND got a standing ovation! It was magical. I was so excited to be able to see everyone bring their A-game. I felt like it was rushing by so fast, I wanted to put all those feelings in a bottle.
Saturday after everyone had returned home to Richmond, The Schlep Sisters held their workshops and I learned a lot about being present in your body while performing from Darlinda Just Darlinda as well as aspects of comedy from Minnie Tonka. I’m excited to say I have already used much of what they taught me within the last few weeks!
Sunday, we all get to the Byrd theater and I feel like it went so smoothly! I am stupidly proud of upping my hair game within the last few weeks because of this show. I’m also stupidly proud of my fellow Boomettes, I felt like this second show went even better! Shoutout to Onyx Storm, who was dancing through a serious case of Bronchitis while still looking fabulous and flawless! I used some of Darlinda’s advice about presence while performing and I was able to just really really enjoy what i was doing up there. I could hear people shouting my name! And it was so incredible.
Overall, I am so very privileged to have been in this show! and its only been about 2 years since i started this wild ride. I want to thank everyone who was involved, no matter how big or small their job was. I truly appreciate all the effort everyone put into these shows. Thank you so much to Deanna Danger for producing an incredible show and THANK YOU for letting me be a part of it. And most of all THANK YOU to the lovely wonderful audiences who came and supported our craft!!!