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posted Friday, June 24, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 25
DeLaRue Presents brings Freedom Fantasia to celebrate the 4th of July
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DeLaRue Presents brings Freedom Fantasia to celebrate the 4th of July

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Freedom Fantasia
July 1-3
Oddfellows Building


DeLaRue Presents, a new production company from Kitten LaRue (of The Atomic Bombshells) and BenDeLaCreme (Homo for the Holidays), has announced their inaugural Fourth of July spectacular - Freedom Fantasia, a liberty-encrusted, justice-soaked, apple-pie-scented pageant of patriotism!

Freedom Fantasia is a theatrical extravaganza combining song, dance, burlesque, theater, and old-timey stage spectacle to celebrate and lampoon the exhilarating highs and questionable lows of America and Americana, said DeLaRue Presents.

Featuring a bombastic and diverse cast of Seattle's drag, cabaret, music, burlesque, and contemporary dance all-stars, Freedom Fantasia promises to deliver a fusion of unique talents in one outrageous star-spangled parfait of patriotic pulchritude. The show stars DeLaCreme, LaRue, The Cherdonna and Lou Show, Lucky Penny, Jinkx Monsoon and Major Scales, Jim Kent, and Markeith Wiley.

'DeLaRue Presents is a production super-duo,' DeLaCreme told Seattle Gay News. 'I've been a long-time admirer of Kitten's high-energy, high-gloss, high-camp productions, and about two years ago we started working together more and discovering just how well our artistic visions complimented each other.'

'DeLaRue is the chance for us to combine our powers to create shows big on visual spectacle that defy categorization,' she said.

This may be their first production, but DeLaCreme says they've been laying the groundwork for a long time. 'The actual building process has been a real whirlwind,' she said. 'We had all of the show's content in order, but the cast only began rehearsals about two months ago, which - for such a dense show with such involved production values - has been a challenge. But the result is really exciting. I have been walking out of rehearsals really exhilarated. I truly feel that this cast has succeeded in making something larger than the sum of its parts.'

The show is scheduled to take place in the beautiful West Hall at the Oddfellows Building (915 E. Pine St). 'Hallie [Kuperman] is freaking dreamy,' DeLaCreme told SGN of Kuperman, who owns the facility. 'I'm nuts about her. It is a blessing from fluffy puppy heaven to have such a beautiful space in the heart of our 'hood that is owned by a woman who not only has great business sense, but also believes so strongly in supporting the Queer community - really in bringing multiple communities together - through social dance and the performing arts.'

'Hallie has been so supportive of Homo for the Holidays, and when Kitten and I came to her with this show idea, she basically said, 'How can I help?' Dreamy,' she added.

DeLaCreme says that audiences are sure to be thrilled by the production. 'They can expect something really entertaining, driven by a need to talk about something really hard,' she said. 'There's an agenda but it's thickly coated in a candy shell.'

'This show, for me, is about reclaiming the idea of patriotism,' DeLaCreme continued. 'I think so many people of my generation, especially us Queers, feel this sense of cynicism and alienation from that concept. The USA can feel like our mean dad who we never want to grow up to be like - the 'them' to our 'us.' But 'them' is 'us.' We all live here. Our country has a fascinating history with some truly exhilarating highs and horrific lows. The Fourth of July seems like a good time to look at all that and say, 'OK, this country is mine, too. How can I be included? How can I make it better?'

'And if you can ask those questions with glitter, song parodies, eagle puppets, and tap-dancing redcoats, then you have something people actually want to look at,' said DeLaCreme.

The cast is absolutely superb. 'I always like to work with a group of performers from different disciplines and see what happens when you throw them all together and say 'Go!' We are working with quite a few well-established performers from the theater, cabaret, and contemporary dance scenes, but the entire show is an ensemble piece which I have directed and Kitten has choreographed,' DeLaCreme said. 'So you won't be seeing an evening of acts created separately and strung together with an MC, but a fully realized show with a sweeping scope and grand production numbers. It has comedy, live music, drag, burlesque, amazing dance, and of course a heaping helping of eye candy. You know how much I love an insane prop or costume piece.'

The show is scheduled for July 1-3 at 9 p.m. at West Hall in the Oddfellows Building. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. You can purchase advance tickets online at www.brownpapertickets.com.

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