Greenbrier Valley Theatre (GVT), the State Professional Theatre of West Virginia, is proud to announce an evening of drag and burlesque with its popular fundraising event Spanxgiving II on Saturday, Nov. 19, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $50. Admission is limited to ages 21+. For tickets or more information, contact GVT’s Box Office at 304-645-3838 or visit www.gvtheatre.org.
Headliners Steven Wayne, a Cher impersonator, and Bella La Blanc, the “Stepford Wife Gone Wild,” will be sharing the stage with such renowned performers as drag queen and West Virginia native Tyrone Evans and world-traveling entertainer Olivia Knowles.
Evans comes from Montgomery and attended college at the University of Charleston. His stage persona, XTC, grew from a dare in 1999 to a larger-than-life personality, learning from close friends and characters, such as his “drag mother” Synamon.
Since his debut at Charleston’s Grand Palace 17 years ago, Evans has been watching and participating in the evolution of drag and its growing role in society. Michelle St. James, another WV native performing in Spanxgiving II! also got his start at the Grand Palace.
With a résumé that highlights everything from working with the mentally handicapped to Rupaul’s Drag Race Season 5: Untucked, Knowles’ performance experience spans over 12 years. A headlining entertainer with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Knowles has been seen in over 80 nightclubs, performed in 28 countries, been voted West Virginia’s #1 entertainer three years in a row and been featured in Chicago’s Grab magazine.
Returning to Spanxgiving! will be the fan-dancing darling Desiree Adorable and Priscilla Divine who stunned the crowd in 2015 with her Adele impersonation. Making their GVT debut will be drag king Bert Darling and drag queen Tonya Cline.