Manatee Players look to explore forbidden love in World War II with the musical Yank!

By : Jeremy Williams
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Yank! is many things: A musical that honors the song and dance of the 1940s; a play that tells the story of sending young men off to war. More importantly though, it’s a history lesson for how World War II was the frontline that created a community that would later become the movement for gay rights.

“I think with a lot of people LGBT history starts with Stonewall, but our history starts far beyond Stonewall,” Yank! director Kenn Rapczenski says. “Many of the soldiers, especially ones who were court-martialed for being homosexual, couldn’t go back to their small towns and farms, so they settled into big cities like San Francisco. This was the first time gays and lesbians were able to be with each other in a united way and started to form communities.”

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Prom you wish you had…

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The prom you wish you had
We all have that photo from our high school prom. We’re sporting bad hair, not-so fabulous tux or gown and we’re in that awkward pose with someone of the opposite gender wearing a flower that’s way too big. What if you could do it over? Well, you can.

Quench Lounge is hosting the “Prom You Wish You Had” on Saturday, July 27, and it will be complete with a Prom King and Queen. Well, actually, a King/Queen, Queen/Queen and King/King. It is, after all, the prom you wish you had.

Hostesses Madisyn T. Michaels and Alexis Mateo will ensure a fast, fun-filled evening and contests for best Prom attire will be rewarded with gift baskets and drink specials.

This prom is open to everyone-that is everyone over 21 years old-and those participating are encouraged to bring photos from their original prom to help remember the old days while celebrating the new. For details, find the event page for “The Prom You Wish You Had” on Facebook.

Manatee Players get Governor’s nod of approval
Love him or hate him, Governor Rick Scott loves to recognize those making a difference in Florida. And the latest recipient of his praise is the Manatee Players. The theater group was honored as the 2013 People’s Choice Award winner and Scott acknowledged the company as an “At Your Leisure” pick.

Scott wrote the Players, saying, “Your efforts, along with the Sunshine State’s economic turnaround, are making Florida the best place in the nation to live, work and raise a family. Your efforts in your community are making a difference. You have my best wishes for the greatest success.”

Hedda Lettuce brings the green for TIGLFF
The hilarious Hedda Lettuce returned to St. Petersburg’s Palladium Theater last month to present her sing-along and live commentary with the film Valley of the Dolls. The packed theater laughed hysterically throughout the night and helped raise a ton of money for the Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.

According to Todd Richardson, who introduced Hedda Lettuce that night, the night garnered $4,500 for TIGLFF. We can hope that with such a successful event, TIGLFF will bring Hedda Lettuce back. We’d love to hear her commentary on Blackula or The Exorcist.

Dance fever at Push
The annual Red Ribbon Dance will return this August to help raise money for the AIDS Service Association of Pinellas. This year’s celebration will be at Push Lounge in downtown St. Petersburg on Saturday, Aug. 17. Each year the dance party gets more fabulous and organizers sometimes incorporate a theme. This year’s dance will be catered by Cafe Alma and VIP tickets, which include an open bar, are $100. General Admission tickets are $50 and include two drink tickets.
For details, visit or find “Red Ribbon Dance” on Facebook.