Teen farewells town with elaborate drag show
ALL dolled up in costume, this 17-year-old looks like he stepped off the Broadway spectacular, Priscilla Queen of the Dessert.
Before making final plans to depart to Victoria, Gladstone local Sam Thompson said a final farewell in true drag style on Saturday, February 2, at the Clinton State School Hall.
His cabaret show consisted of acting, dancing and singing and while entertaining locals, the performance also contributed to helping many of the recent flood victims.
Thirty percent of profits made on the night went to the flood victims, as requested by Sam.
The elaborate performer is all set to take flight to a new city where he will study a three-year degree at the University of Ballarat in fine arts in musical theatre.
Having performed about three drag shows over the last few years, Sam simply loves the theatre industry.
"I went to the cinema's one time for the Rocky Horror Show," he said.
"It was a costume thing. My friends mum gave me a costume for it and I went to the cinema in the costume and we weren't expecting it to happen but we went to Dicey's after it.
"The whole time in make-up and everything."
Much to Sam's surprise, everyone in the pub seemed to love his eccentric outfit.
"You think the Gladstone people would be really worried about it, but everyone was so calm about it and laughing about it and having fun.
"I think that's the good part."
Since that night Sam has gone from strength to strength in his drag performances.
On Saturday night Sam and his talented group of friends sold more than 200 tickets, raising $550 for the flood victims.