What: Strut Your Stuff Talent Show
When: Saturday, March 14 @ 7:30 p.m.
Where: Salishan Resort, in the Long House, east of Hwy 101
Why: Fundraiser for Lincoln County GSAs
Who: Students and staff from Newport High, Taft High and The Caravan of Glam
It’s Lincoln County’s first LGBTQ+ themed talent show with area students and teachers, featuring acts from all ages and abilities. Dancers in drag, singers, practitioners of parkour, artists, performance art with a young IT guy – seriously – it’s all here.
There’s more than just amateur talent, however: Portland’s Caravan of Glam is sending out some of their performers to help us out. With Isaiah Esquire performing and Angelo Hanson hosting, some of the Pacific Northwest’s most respected burlesque and drag talent will be at the Salishan Resort, “I’ve been friends with the guys in Caravan of Glam for a while, and when they offered to bring their talents to our stage I couldn’t say no to that,” said Barton Howe, GSA advisor at Taft High School. “Truly, what they do is art, and I’m as excited for our performers to see it as our audience.”
The show will feature a combination of ages and talents, as performers as young as four, all the way up to stage those with more than a few gray hairs take part. “I’m really excited to have all these different people in the show,” Howe said. “When it started out, I was thinking we’d just have a bunch of high school and middle school kids. But as the word got out, I found all kinds of people from the community wanted to join us. I wasn’t about to say no.”
More than just a chance to entertain, however, Howe sees the show a chance for some kids who might never have performed before get a chance. “We have a lot of acts that have nothing to do with LGBTQ+. They just want to perform. “But I know there are several acts that have never taken a high school stage before, simply because they never felt safe to express themselves that way. Now they do. I’m very proud of that.”
For more information or other questions, please contact Majalise Tolan, principal – 541-996-2115 x104