Once again it is officially Mardi Gras season and it is time to let our hair down.
With a rain, no rain, rain, no rain Launch, we saw everyone mustered into the Oxford Hotel, only to be met once again with a huge line, trying just to get into the venue.
Let’s face it, if we didn’t have to wait in a line at some point, it really wouldn’t be a Mardi Gras launch. We all remember waiting for either the bar or toilet one year or another.
All of our highlighters have been getting a work-out as we try not to miss any events for this season.
As soon as the officials drop the chequered flag and the green light is flashed, we hit into full swing straight away.
Showgirls around Sydney have had their sewing machines humming for the last three weeks, most needing not just one or two frocks but up to 10 frocks for functions or engagements around the silly season.
It’s very expensive to be a volunteer – trust me.
After many years of wanting to be a part of the festival – and after almost giving up holding my hand up like a school kid – I was lucky enough to be included in Hats Off! Meets The Stars Come Out last Sunday night at the Sydney Theatre. It truly was worth the wait.
Apart from the opening number, The Nicest Kids in Town, I have to admit I was a little disappointed that there was no Tracy Turnblad, but I was excited all the same.
I was sharing the stage not only with sister girlfriends Minnie, Mystique, Dakoda, I. Kandi, Nelly (Paul Croft in drag) and sexy boy dancers to boot, but also the girls from Hi-5. And yes, we were trying to get the girls to swear, but unfortunately we didn’t get the money shot. Mums and Dads, you would be very proud of the girls.
Leading the number was Matt Lee, one of the judges from Channel Ten’s So You Think You Can Dance. I didn’t get to officially meet Matt – must be a lead and backing dancer thing – but I did spy on him in his underwear so I guess that was payment enough for no introduction.
Our fabulous choreographer Virginia Ferris had us running around like crazy bitches. There were spins, dips and turns. With just two rehearsals we landed on the stage and, before we knew it, we were jazz running from the stage. All over for another year – and it gave me just enough time to catch my breath.
As quick as it was, it was absolutely magical. After a few champagnes to celebrate our successful opening number, I was in a cab off to more work.
For all those who attended, I’m sure you would agree it was a fabulous night with so much talent, all on one stage. Hats off to Hats Off! Thank you, Lawrence, for including me this year – and hopefully next year also.