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By RON HOLMSTROM
Special to the Star 

Theatre Conference attendees will be ready for Saturday gala

After week of plays, readings, labs and more, writers and actors will play

 

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Coordinator Dawson Moore, bottom right, assuming a more relaxed position Monday during a late afternoon lull at the Last Frontier Theatre Conference.

This year's Saturday night gala at the Last Frontier Theatre Conference looks to be a real hoot.

Alaska's own TBA Theatre Company will be hosting the event, which will be presented as a 1920s style speakeasy, where, as they say on their Facebook page, "Gangsters, gun molls and a hot band playing cool jazz are the order of the evening."

For those unfamiliar with the Roaring Twenties, a speakeasy was an illicit establishment that sold alcoholic beverages and featured music and dancing. Such establishments came into prominence in the United States during the Prohibition era (1920–1933). During that time, the sale, manufacture, and transportation (bootlegging) of alcoholic beverages was illegal throughout the United States. The speakeasy was a place where those "in the know," could imbibe and party with impunity. Until the cops or prohibition agents arrived, of course.

The festival is honoring former PWSCC President Doug Desorcie with the prestigious Jerry Harper Service Award during the gala, so the speakeasy will be known as "Desorcie's" and to gain entrance, you can just tell the doorkeeper "Doug sent me."

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"The Unofficial Prohibition Party" depicts a speakeasy back in the day.

Although all styles of dress will be welcomed, attendees are very much encouraged to come in appropriate 1920s attire. You know, channel your inner Gatsby or Daisy - or your favorite depression era gangster or flapper for that matter. Come out and strut your stuff, although it is my understanding that bringing your own bathtub gin or tommy gun is discouraged.

TBA Theatre will be supplying the hot jazz band and 1920s atmosphere. If you know the folks from TBA, you know that it is sure to be a memorable event. Capping off another successful year of the conference, you won't want to miss this.

So, ladies, break out your feather boas and guys, your straw boaters and join the fun! For more information on the gala or the rest of the many still-remaining events this week, go to the conference website: theatreconference.org.

Be there or be square.

 

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