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.
Trombley helped found the Haus of Starr about four years ago and said the group’s entourage of comedians, dancers, vocalists, and male and female impersonators are always well received within the Plattsburgh community.
“I always try to give everybody more than just a drag show,” Trombley said, adding that not all male performers dress as women, and not all female performers dress as men.
“It’s more about performing, about putting an excellent performance together, whether it be a dance routine, a theatrical representation of a Broadway musical. It’s an outlet for creativity.”
It’s also an outlet for positive energy.
Trombley performs as Twylyte Starr, and said that putting on a good show naturally satisfies the group’s goal of making everyone in the audience happy.
He also said that new performers are welcome to join in.
“We always try to keep the high energy,” Trombley said. “If you’re having a bad day the moment you walk through the door at the show, we’re going to make you laugh, we’re going to put a smile on your face.”
At the front and center of the merrymaking is the Haus of Starr’s hostess, Ashley Moore.
Moore helps out behind-the-scenes, making sure the performers and DJ are all ready.
She then takes the stage as Miss Pattie Cake-Baker, and gets the audience revved up.
“I’m just a more fabulous me,” Moore said. “I put on fabulous hair and all these accessories, and then I get the microphone in my hand and I get to be as crazy as I want to. We want everyone to feel like a part of the show, like they are the star.”
The more fabulous Moore is like an extension of her personality, a license to cut loose.
“It’s amazing what people will do when they’re not themselves,” Moore said.
And, if Moore’s assessment is accurate, the show will be nothing short of entertaining.