The first round of votes are in and while the judges deliberate the shortlist, performers are starting to line up to take the stage for the ALSO Awards.
Showstopping drag act Sensation is set to wow the audience by performing Raise The Roof from Broadway musical Wild Party.
“It’s going to be a very high energy number with about 15 dancers, very musical theatre,” Sensation told Southern Star. “I’m very excited.”
A seasoned performer in Commercial Rd gay venues — the Xchange and The Market — Sensation staged a demanding show last year paying homage to feisty pop star Pink.
The Pink tribute show not only gave Sensation an excuse to belt out some of Pink’s finest anthems, but also emulate some of her energetic on-stage acrobatics.
“I love her … I’m absolutely obsessed with her,” Sensation said.
“Nobody else really impersonates her, so I thought it would be a good opportunity for me.
“I think it’s great to have someone who is so popular with the straight people, the gay people and the lesbians and there aren’t many people who appeal to all those.”
Sensation was in aerial ‘silks’ training for over a month to learn the art of Pink’s tricks on stage.
“It was very a scary thing to do but I did it,” she said.
“It was really, really hard — it made me realise how unfit I was.”
Sensation said she now has a new appreciation for Pink’s gruelling performances.
“I did two 20-minute shows and barely left the stage apart from a few costume changes and she does a two and a half hour show as well as that. It’s mental.”
In her downtime, Sensation has been working in the costume department for stage musical hit Jersey Boys, looking after the wigs.
Sensation will join Indigenous drag performers Constantina Bush and the Bushettes and dynamic duo, Dolly Diamond and Luke Gallagher.
The ALSO Awards will be held at St Kilda’s National Theatre on June 28. Tickets are now available.
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