The Haus of Starr’s take on Alice in Wonderland, called “Back Down the Rabbit Hole,” drew more than 300 people to the now-closed Gilligan’s Getaway last year.
PLATTSBURGH — For a performer, being on hiatus for several months can lead to a lot of pent-up energy.
That energy wants to be used to sing, to dance, to make people laugh.
Lately, David Duford has been feeling that pain, and he’s ready to come out of retirement.
On Saturday, March 30, Duford will take the stage as Blanche at the Haus of Starr’s All Starr’s Show, to be held at the VFW in Plattsburgh.
The show is suitable for adults age 18 and older.
Duford’s father was in the military, so he lived in several different places throughout his childhood.
He became involved with various theater groups as his family moved around, and began performing locally in 1989.
“It was a way to give back to the community and give to charitable causes,” Duford said. “There was nobody doing it in town at the time I was thinking about doing it. Given my background in theater and recitals, it just seemed to be a great fit.”
Duford always used his drag performances as a way to help others in need, but said that an increase in paperwork over the years made things increasingly difficult.
“It got to a point where it wasn’t fun anymore,” Duford said. “Because people were abusing things, it became a lot of drama to throw a benefit. Six months worth of work to put on one two-hour performance, no thank you!”
His need to be creative got the best of him, though, and he promises that the upcoming show will not be one to miss.
“I’m out to promote the illusion of being the opposite gender of what I am in order to entertain people,” Duford said. “I hope to see a lot of people that I haven’t seen in a long time.”
Joe Trombley, producer and organizer of the All Starr’s Show, said Duford’s performance will only add to the variety of the evening.