Final preparations are occurring for the “Fascination” drag show presented by the Haus of Fatale.
The show, which benefits the Highland Lakes Equality Center, is Saturday, March 14, at the Hill Country Community Theatre, 4003 FM 2147 in Cottonwood Shores. The event includes a catered meal by Super Taco, which will be served at 6:30 p.m., and homemade desserts. A cash bar will be open. Tickets are $35 for one, $60 for two and $100 for four.
“Fascination” co-creators Aries and Luiz Fatale have been in and out of the theatre where they are working closely with facility staff members to check lighting, sound and other technology to ensure the show builds layer after layer of exceeding the expectations of attendees.
There is no checking it twice right now. It’s more like checking and re-checking multiple times.
Meanwhile, HLEC volunteers also are double checking supplies for food and beverage services. They are inspecting and cleaning equipment in preparation for hungry and thirsty attendees eager for the show to start. They’re also packing supplies to clean the theatre and hand sanitizer for anyone who wants some.
“Fascination” follows the highly successful “What A Drag!” show in September. Luiz noted how much people loved that show, which propelled the Haus of Fatale to participate in another one.
“We’re going to top that show,” Luiz said.” “The reason being is because we’re on a big stage with amazing lighting. We’re going to up it several notches.”
As a result, the co-creators invited back performers Toni Andrews, Paradox Rei, Gypsy Rose Fatale, and MC Kara Foxx-Paris, a huge fan favorite, to participate in “Fascination” with them. The show also will introduce the Highland Lakes to performers Landon J. Fatale, Kian Alexander Fatale and Emerald Foxx-Paris.
All performers are bringing something that is uniquely genuine and true that is different from the others. The reality is performers share personal traits about themselves when they’re on stage that helps them connect to the audience. And attendees are intelligent. They can tell the difference between a performance and an act. That’s why these attendees respond so positively to what they see from these entertainers.
There’s simply no way to fake the connection between the two.
Know what else is true about this show? How much the HLEC appreciates it. Performers are traveling to come here because they believe in the mission of the center, which is to help people live their best lives as their authentic selves. They also believe in the work of the center:
* developing and giving educational seminars to train counselors, therapists, social workers and educational professionals to better help LGBTQ clients and their families.
* counseling services to address the needs of LGBTQ members and their families.
* free social gatherings so attendees can meet other like-minded people to make more friends.
And those services don’t include the phone calls and conversations that happen in public places when a HLEC leader is asked to encourage, enlighten and brighten someone’s day, especially those who love their LGBTQ family member or friend but don’t know how to help them or connect with them.
This drag show benefit will have a lasting and positive chain reaction these performers and audience members may never witness.
And they can rest assured after the show ends they have done exactly what they wanted — give back to LGBTQ members and allies and help the HLEC address their needs. And for that, we can’t thank them enough.