The annual performance of GLITZ was a huge hit as it returned to Centennial Hall after being absent for two years.
The event, which filled every seat both nights of performances, raised over $10,000 for the Southeast Alaska LGBTQ+ Alliance, said organizer Gigi Monroe.
“Everything was fantastic. We had two sold out shows. Our headliners were amazing. It seemed like people had a great time,” Monroe said in a phone interview. “It looks like we’ll have raised about 10,000 for SEAGLA’s programs.”
Headliners included Frankie Doom, Tenderoni and Trinity K. Bonet. Only Tenderoni had previously performed in Juneau.
“They had a great time. It was really great to have Tenderoni back. Frankie Doom said this was top-three best out-of-town gigs he’s ever done,” Monroe said. “It was really great to have them all here. It was great to have local performers meet performers of that caliber and work with them.”
A host of local performers also delivered, including a number of group performances that required more space than regular shows have.
“It was kind of like riding a bicycle… that we’d fallen off and were laying on the side of the road for a few years,” Monroe said. “It was miraculous how quickly the crew remembered these are the things we need to do to make it a success.”
The event, held at Centennial Hall, had more than 400 guests each night, spread out among tables and standing in the room.
“GLITZ is the event of the year,” said McKenzie Moon, part of the audience Saturday night, in an interview. “I looked forward to this… it’s life-changing. Best vibes in all of Juneau.”
Guests enjoyed drinks, sponsored by Titos Vodka and TK Maguire’s, and participated in a live auction with goods supplied by GCI and Juneau Bike Doctor.
“This night and Halloween are my favorite holidays,” said Robyn Stevens, who attended the show. “I’m really enjoying how many people are here, especially considering what happened in my hometown of Coeur D’Alene last weekend.”
Coeur D’Alene saw the arrest of dozens of far-right extremists who had allegedly intended to disrupt a Pride event.
“I have been to pretty much every drag show in Juneau in the last year and this is by far the grandest exhibition of Juneau drag I have ever seen,” said Eric Moots, who was part of the audience Saturday.
Monroe said the two shows for GLITZ are about all that’s practical, given the operational realities of venues in Juneau.
“I think the thing that we’ve learned is that we have to keep it at this level. The restrictions we have on cost and venue, it’s just not practical to expand beyond two shows,” Monroe said. “I wish Centennial Hall was better equipped to handle a big production like us, but they’re not. It’s an enormous amount of work to produce a show like this.”
A performance like GLITZ requires a lot of work to make Centennial Hall show-worthy, Monroe said, particularly with the sound and lighting infrastructure.
“We had to rent thousands of dollars of lighting and sound gear — not only locally, but from down south. We had to ship things up,” Monroe said. “I know it’s going to be renovated. I’m skeptical that that’s not going to meet the needs of the community.”