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Branson-based episode of HBO present ‘We’re Right here’ airs subsequent week
Subsequent week, locals will lastly get their probability to catch an episode of the brand new HBO present “We’re Right here,” which was filmed in Branson late final yr.
This six-part, unscripted collection follows three fashionable drag queens, Bob the Drag Queen (Caldwell Tidicue), Shangela Laquifa Wadley (DJ Pierce) and Eureka O’Hara (David Huggard), who have been all part of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” as they go to small cities throughout America, befriending and coaching sure locals to take part in a one-night solely drag efficiency.
Govt Producers and creators Johnnie Ingram and Stephen Warren mentioned they got here up with the thought for the present whereas on trip.
“It was raining and we have been watching much more TV than we might usually watch,” Warren mentioned. “We thought, ‘What must be on TV that isn’t on TV proper now.’”
“How can we do one thing to make a distinction on this world,” Ingram added.
“Unexpectedly we thought, ‘Hum, drag in small cities,” Warren mentioned. “What higher method to try this than three of the best drag queens of all time going from small city to small city.”
“We’ve been to the Deep South, the Wild West, up, down, left and proper,” Ingram mentioned. “We took on some locals, and gave them the possibility to inform their story by the artwork of drag.”
The debut episode, which aired April 23, noticed the crew go to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, adopted by this week’s episode, set in Twin Falls, Idaho.
“A number of the tales we’re telling are very, very powerful,” Warren mentioned.
“Individuals have kind of tucked away plenty of this ache, or misunderstanding, or an absence of communication with a beloved one,” Ingram mentioned. “And by tucking it away and never speaking about it, it creates plenty of ache, and whenever you launch that, it’s so highly effective.”
“You by no means know what’s going to occur in these small cities,” Warren added. “It was our concept that one thing particular may occur on account of mixing those who we’d by no means in any other case assume by artwork, by music, bringing them collectively for one evening.
“It’s so good to see the folks go searching and notice they aren’t alone, they usually have help in their very own group.”
“That’s the aim of the present, to really feel much less alone,” Warren added. “That’s the factor that I feel will push us ahead to a little bit extra love, a little bit extra acceptance, and much more enjoyable.”
Within the upcoming episode, set to air at Eight p.m. Thursday, Bob, Eureka, and Shangela go to the “healthful Las Vegas of the Midwest” generally known as Branson, the place they meet three locals “struggling to be their true selves in a group that prides itself on its conventional, non secular values,” in keeping with a launch.
The Branson storylines function Tanner, a younger actor questioning whether or not it’s attainable for him to be each Christian and homosexual, in addition to his relationship along with his mom. Additionally featured is Charles, a classically educated dancer who needs to indicate that he’s not simply out, however proud. Lastly, manufacturing follows Chris, a father grappling with psychological well being points who’s decided to embrace his feelings for the sake of his daughter.
Nicely Loyal Reader(s), I used to be capable of catch the Branson episode earlier this week, and total, I discovered it to be entertaining, instructional, and fairly uplifting. Not solely are the tales and folks producers selected to spotlight compelling and emotional, however they’re so completely different from the tales that often come from this space of the nation.
Hopefully as soon as the episode airs, I’ll be capable to chat with among the featured forged members for a follow-up story, which I’m most assuredly wanting ahead to doing.
For extra data, go to hbo.com/were-here. The episode might be obtainable on demand from HBO as soon as it airs.
Americana Theatre set to reopen in two weeks
In response to proprietor and Producer Chris Newsom, the Americana Theatre will resume “most” of their reveals starting Could 16. Newsom mentioned “Raiding the Nation Vault” will open first, adopted by returning reveals “The Blackwoods,” “Dolly & Associates A Tribute,” and the brand new present “Rock ‘N’ Roll Royalty.”
“We’re following the CDC and Branson Pointers for re-opening in a secure and safe method,” Newsom mentioned. “We’re implementing social distancing in our seating, masks, disinfecting the seats between every efficiency, in addition to a bunch of different methods to maintain everybody secure throughout this tough time.
“We’re raring to go, and we’re enthusiastic about opening up with security, knowledge and limitations.”
Newsom additionally added the forged members of the reveals gained’t be doing meet-and-greets after the reveals.
“Branson is understood for doing meet-and-greets, and we love doing meet-and-greets,” he mentioned. “However we additionally love the individuals who come see us, in addition to our staff and forged members an excessive amount of to place all of them at a good higher danger. I feel we’ll all be getting rid of meet-and-greets for some time.”
Go to americanatheatrebranson.com, or name 417-544-8700 for any questions or extra data.
Branson Regional Arts Council Broadcasts new present dates
In response to a launch, the Branson Regional Arts Council Board of Administrators determined to postpone “the bulk” of their 2020 season of group theatre productions on the Historic Owen Theatre till subsequent yr with the opening of “The Sound of Music” in mid-February 2021.
“The well being of our college students, patrons, actors, technicians, volunteers and workers is our major concern,” mentioned BRAC Govt Director Jim Barber. “We fastidiously monitor the suggestions by the CDC, our governor, county and metropolis of Branson and really feel that we are going to not be at a degree this summer season the place we might be assured it’s secure for a big group of younger college students to collect inside an intimate efficiency facility corresponding to ours.”
The exceptions to the introduced schedule change contains “The Odd Couple by Neil Simon,” initially scheduled to open in March, is now slated to run Sept. 10-13. Some BRAC Schooling Division Lessons, together with the Staccato Present Choir and Arts Workshops are anticipated to renew on the Historic Owen Theatre, or nearly on-line, early this Summer time. The Track Writing Workshop with Prince Ivan, set for Sept. 5, stays a go, as does the outside Shakespeare within the Park collaboration with Forte Theatrical Productions for late September and early October.
Extra theatrical programming could also be introduced this fall if situations warrant.
In response to the discharge, “anticipated theatre manufacturing date adjustments for the 2021 season embody “The Sound of Music” Feb. 11-14, 18-21, 25-28, “The Glass Menagerie” Apr. 8, 11,12, “The Full Works of William Shakespeare – Abridged” Apr. 30, Could 2-3, Summer time Youth Theatre Institute Could 17-21, 24-28, 31 by June 2, “Peter Pan Jr.” June 3-6, “Mama Mia!” July 8-11, 15-18, “9 To five The Musical” Sept. 9-12, 16-19, “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” Nov 4-7, 11-14, and a yet-to-be introduced “Household Present” Dec 3-4, 10-12.
The Arts Council asks loyal patrons to carry their present tickets to be used on the brand new dates, switch them to a different present, or take into account changing their ticket buy into a totally deductible tax donation to the group.
Go to bransonarts.org.