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Drag Queen of Longford

Drag Queen of Longford will see local men glam themselves up in the Longford Arms this February 23 - all in the name of entertainmen t.

Forget the Rose of Tralee; the event everyone is talking about at the moment is Drag Queen of Longford, which is coming to the Longford Arms Hotel on Friday, February 23.

Following on from the incredible success of ‘Night on Broadway’, by St Mel’s Musical Society and the Evolution Stage School, this will be the second event of the year to raise funds for the Musical Society’s production of ‘Sister Act’, which hits the stage in April.


“It’s very expensive to put on the musicals,” Eddie Kiernan, one of the organisers of the upcoming event, explained to the Longford Leader.
“It can cost €60,000 to €65,000 to stage the musical every year and each year we find we’re putting on a bigger and better show.”


Rehearsals are currently underway for ‘Sister Act’ but, for now, the attention turns to Longford’s men, who will dress up in drag - all in the name of entertainment.


“It will be a good night. It has the makings of good craic and we’ve had a very good response to it in the streets,” said Eddie, adding that there are quite a few queens signed up already.


We’ll have the same set up as the Rose of Tralee,” he continued.
“The queens will be brought out on stage and interviewed by the host, and they’ll do their party pieces. There’ll be a judging panel too for the extra banter.”


Sticking to the Rose of Tralee template, each of the queens will have dapper-looking escorts, dressed by local store, Spirit Clothing.
The queens will be sponsored by local businesses and each contestant will sport a sash with the business name proudly displayed.


“In each of the shops or pubs the queen is representing, we’ll have a bucket and if you put a euro in that box, it counts as one vote,” said Eddie, pointing out that you can vote for your favourite queen easily.
“And also, it’s €15 for the ticket, so that will count for 15 votes.”


At just one euro per vote, you can donate as much or as little as you want to the cause, while taking part in the fun of this unusual and hilarious pageant.


Tickets can be purchased from the Longford Arms, Coffee House 45 in Longford, Jenny’s Flowers and Gifts, Ballymahon by calling 09064 32409. They can also be purchased from participating drag queens.
“A lot of planning has gone into it, but we think it’ll all be worth it,” said Eddie.


“It’ll be a bit of fun. We feel we’ll be giving something back to the people of Longford, rather than asking for money and giving nothing in return.”
And it’s all in aid of this year’s St Mel’s Musical Society production, ‘Sister Act’, which hits the Backstage Theatre from April 20 to 28.


Tickets are selling out fast, so get yours now on www.backstage.ie or via 043 33 47888.


For updates on Drag Queen of Longford, follow St Mel’s Musical Society on Facebook. You can also get more information by contacting Eddie Kiernan on 087 2302491 or Jenny White on 087 6638666.


The event takess place in the Longford Arms on Friday, February 23, at 8pm. For frock sake, don’t miss it!

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