The Rust Belt Theater Company will present the 10th “Fundraising Is a Drag” event this weekend at the Calvin Center.
This year’s event will be “drag pageant” themed. Local bartenders, athletes, business professionals and stage personalities will be given fabulous drag makeovers and be pitted against each other in fierce competition to see who comes out the Rust Belt’s “Next Top Drag Queen.” Contestants will include Jacob Harver, Terri MacSkimming, Joe Kale, P.J. Shmerchansky, Nicholas Forgac and Katelyn Bowden.
Cast members of Rust Belt’s annual holiday production of “How The Drag Queen Stole Christmas” also will be on hand, including Kage Kraven, Jacqueline St. Porcupine, and Buff Melendrez Starr. They will perform and serve as pageant judges. The show will be hosted by Starrlet O’Hara.
To celebrate the 10th anniversary, a special Fundraising is a Drag art print has been created by pop artist Chris Yambar. The limited edition print features Rust Belt founder Robert Dennick Joki in the persona of the tempting Starrlet O’Hara. Each print will be numbered and signed by both Yambar and Joki.
Proceeds will benefit the RBTC Studio for Young Actors, which provides workshops, performance opportunities, and produces locally written musicals with area students, free of charge.
Performances are scheduled at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Calvin Center, 702 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown.
Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and senior citizens and include a wine and cheese reception each night. For reservations or more information, call or text 330-507-2358.