DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — Tickets to a Bangor-based drag troupe’s present on the Middle Theatre in April offered out inside every week of being introduced and one other present has already been scheduled.
Scrumptious Drag Divas is coming to the theater and Piscataquis County for the primary time on April 15. The second present is scheduled for April 29.
For the reason that second present was introduced on Fb about 18 hours in the past, 50 tickets have been offered, which is outstanding, stated Patrick Myers, the theater’s govt director, about 9 a.m. Thursday. The auditorium’s capability is 264 individuals.
“It’s nice to have that assist from the group,” he stated. “Perhaps Bob Marley’s comedy exhibits through the years offered out that quick, however I couldn’t assure that. It’s simply loopy.”
Based by Lloyd Tracy, a.okay.a. Woman D, and his husband, Tony, who performs as LaDonya Lovelace, the Divas are common performers in Bangor and across the state. For essentially the most half, their present on the Middle Theatre has been well-received, Myers and Tracy stated this week.
The occasion generated some debate throughout a Dover-Foxcroft Choose Board assembly this week, which continues to boil on social media. Residents, on the assembly and on Fb, expressed considerations in regards to the drag queens inappropriately touching viewers members and exposing genitals and nipples. Others countered the claims, saying these opposed have by no means been to a drag present, and the drag queens are respectful and enjoyable. Many think about drag to be a creative type of expression.
Some questioned whether or not rural residents actually have an urge for food for drag performances. One lady took problem with language on the Divas’ flyer for the occasion, which learn “Scrumptious Divas invades Dover-Foxcroft.”
Barry Hutchins, a Choose Board member, posted on-line that he would defend everybody’s proper to the First Modification, no matter whether or not he agrees with their perspective.
“This complete problem is regarding to me as a result of I wish to know the place all the self-professed ‘constitutionalists’ are proper now,” he stated, referring to residents who defended their First Modification rights final month throughout a dialogue about recording city staff.
A gaggle of space residents even created a Fb web page to battle for a “drag-free” Dover-Foxcroft, although the creator didn’t reply to a request for remark this week. Myers hasn’t immediately heard from these concerned with DF, Drag Free Dover other than mentions in Fb posts and threads and a telephone name from one member who inquired in regards to the theater’s allowing, he stated.
The Dover-Foxcroft Choose Board will think about the theater’s software for a particular amusement allow for alcohol gross sales throughout a public listening to Feb. 27.
And not using a allow the present would nonetheless go on, simply with out alcohol, Choose Board member Steve Grammont stated throughout the assembly. Board members are usually not “morality police,” he stated, and interfering within the occasion may result in a lawsuit.
Out of the 264 tickets offered for the April 15 present, the majority of attendees are from the native space, which Myers considers to be Piscataquis County’s main cities, plus Dexter and Charleston in Penobscot County.
Nineteen tickets, or 7.2 %, have been bought by individuals outdoors the county, in line with a report from Myers. Some ticket patrons don’t have identified addresses as a result of they have been bought in individual on the theater, he stated.
The second present is scheduled for six p.m. April 29 on the Middle Theatre, 20 E. Essential St. in Dover-Foxcroft. The occasion is eighteen and older. Alcohol might be on the market. Tickets are $15, and can be found on the theater’s field workplace or on-line.