Femmelicious Productions is pleased to announce that Dana Patton, a.k.a., “J.D. Woodford”, will be assuming the reins as Stage Manager for “Butchlesque: New Year’s Eve” at Gulfport Casino Ballroom on December 31, 2013! Dana has been with “Butchlesque” from the very first show. We caught-up with Dana recently for a little “Q & A”.
Q. How did you come to be involved in “Butchlesque” in 2011?
A. I had recently gone through a draining relationship break-up. It seemed like stepping out of my comfort zone and shaking-up some long-standing routines would be a great way to meet new people. My friend, Cora, had heard about this production and she suggested that it might be exactly what I was looking for.
Q. What do you think has been different between the first and second production?
A. For me, personally, each of the shows has been different. I made so many new friends with the first show. By the time that the Gulfport show happened in June 2012, those “new” friends were old pals. I had always dreamed of being on-stage, and the first show brought that dream to fruition. For the second show, I was much more relaxed & had even MORE fun than the first time around!
Q. You’re one of the show’s most ardent supporters. What do you say to people when you’re telling them about the production?
A. You HAVE to experience a “Butchlesque” show firsthand to appreciate the heart & soul that each participant — and each member of the support team — brings to the catwalk. Not for the prizes… not for the recognition… but simply out of community pride & a desire to have others see that EVERYONE is beautiful in their own regard.
Q. In transitioning from contestant to Stage Manager, what are you hoping to bring to the production?
A. I have such passion for this event, and for what it means to a cross-section of the LGBT community. I’ve never been out there for the competition aspect of the show. I want to see EVERYONE win! It’s that positive energy that I want to lend to the next wave of contestants, to assist each of them in raising their performance to their optimal level.
Q. What has been the BEST thing that has happened to you as a result of your involvement in “Butchlesque”?
A. The first show definitely provided me with the boost of self-confidence that I needed at that point in my life. However, the second show will surely be my personal favorite because it brought me together with my soul mate, Elaine “Blue Star” Bolton. We will be celebrating our one-year anniversary on May 26th! This has been the BEST year of my entire life! I thank Kim Herbel, the creator of “Butchlesque”, for this event that has transformed so many aspects of my life. I would recommend that everyone attend a “Butchlesque” show, and find their OWN transformation!
We’re looking forward to seeing one of our favorite alumnae stepping-up AND stepping-out on December 31st, 2013, when “Butchlesque” sends out the old year & rings in the new, at Gulfport Casino Ballroom!