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The Gay Straight Veterinary Alliance (GSVA) is hosting its annual drag show this Friday, December 6, 8PM, at Five Nightclub located at 5 Applegate Court in Madison, Wisconsin. All proceeds from this year’s show are going to benefit Proud Theater. The cover charge is $5 at the door, but tips for the performers are encouraged!!! People 18 and up are welcome due to the adult nature of the show, however those under 18 must be accompanied by a legal guardian or parent in order to enter.
The GSVA (Gay Straight Veterinary Alliance) is an independent student organization that strives to promote awareness and acceptance of all individuals associated with the UW’s School of Veterinary Medicine. The GSVA has been around since 2007, and this year is their 4th annual drag show. While proceeds from the event have in previous years gone to assist the AIDS Network’s pet food pantry, this will be the first year Proud Theater is spotlighted. As in the past, the show promises to be a rollicking fun evening of adult music, dance and drag performances.
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We're super excited! The Proud Theater online portion of our upcoming silent auction has begun, in conjunction with local website 32auctions! Right now we have 24 amazing items for you to bid on, and the bidding will continue through the live event (that's Thursday at 6pm--so bid now!). Check back frequently as more items will be added daily!
Be the first to bid on some terrific and fun stuff - and say THANK-YOU to all the amazing local organizations who have donated to the cause! And if you can, don't forget to join us Thursday night (September 26th!) at Madison's very own Fromagination, 6-9 PM to bid live and enjoy an amazing spread of cheese and perfect companions provided by the shop!
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When: Every Wednesday evening 6PM - 9PM starting September 11, 2013
Youth may enjoy open enrollment until November 27, 2013
Where: James Reeb Unitarian Universalist Church – 2146 E. Johnson St., Madison, WI 53704
Proud Theater - Madison is currently enrolling young people between the ages of 13 and 18 for its 2013–2014 season. Founded in 1999, the program is open to young people who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or queer/questioning (LGBTQ), who are children of LGBTQ parents, or who are allied with the LGBTQ community at large.
Empowering and creative, the youth of Proud Theater improvise, create, and perform their own original pieces of theater, poetry, dance and music that reflect the realities of their young lives. They share their work at performances throughout the year in the larger community, and then traditionally end each season with a culminating showcase production. This year’s performance will be May 29-30, 2013 7:30 PM and May 31, 2:30PM and 7:30PM at the Bartell theater complex in Madison.
Homophobia presents many challenges in the lives of young people. As a result, these self-described “queer” youth may be more likely than their heterosexual counterparts to experience depression, family estrangement, school problems, and substance abuse. In response, Proud Theater offers encouragement, inspiration, and support on many different levels. It builds upon the youths’ innate resilience—providing them with community, security, peer support, and mentorship. This in turn, contributes to their positive engagement with school, overall health, self-esteem and stability.
Proud Theater is a program of Art and Soul Innovations (artandsoulinnovations.org), and enjoys generous financial support from the Mukti Fund (muktifund.com) and the PFund Foundation (www.pfundonline.org). The organization currently has three chapters around the state of Wisconsin including Madison, Milwaukee and Wausau.
Fromagination Artisanal Cheeses and Perfect Companions, 12 South Carroll Street on the Capitol Square in Madison will be hosting a Fundraiser and Silent Auction on September 26, 2013 from 6 to 9 PM to benefit Proud Theater! The event is being held to not only raise awareness of Proud Theater, but to gather additional funds to allow the group to continue its expansion into underserved parts of Wisconsin. Funds will also go toward a matching grant challenge received from the Mukti Fund - an organization that monetarily assists LGBTQ youth and young adult theater organizations throughout the country.
Fromagination is widely known for its quality cheese and companions, and will provide food and refreshments for the event. Entertainment will be provided by Proud Theater youth, past and present, and performance highlight videos will be shown throughout the store. There will also be an opportunity to meet the people behind Proud Theater, and hear some great area voices discuss the relevance and importance of the theater troupe.
If you can't make it to the fundraiser, please consider donating anyway! Tax deductible donations can be sent to Proud Theater, 702 Nichols Rd, Monona, WI, 53716 - or by clicking on the Paypal link to the right!