A West End performer, now back on home territory, will top the bill in a gala evening in aid of the Lord Mayor’s Appeal at the Kings Theatre, Southsea.
Wezley Sebastian, who played Miss Understanding in Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert, until a year ago, will close the charity show on Monday, April 18 (7.30pm), with a section from the Australian drag musical.
Now back living among family and friends at Hayling Island, he says: ‘I’ve gathered some dancers locally and we are doing a section from La Cage Aux Folles to open the show.
‘Then Rachel Sargent, who was in the West End cast of Hairspray and has just landed the role of Lisa in Mamma Mia!, is going to do sections from both those musicals.
‘My guys are closing the show with a Priscilla section and will do a few big numbers, with I Will Survive to close the evening.’
Wezley began his professional stage career in 2000 as a dancer and vocalist on cruise ships and other theatre credits include the 50th anniversary production of The Boy Friend.
Now 30, he has been back on the cabaret circuit with new material, ‘doing more stuff that isn’t necessarily in drag but as myself,’ he says. ‘And I’m working with a jazz band which is really good fun.’
Rachel, 23, formed a link with Portsmouth when opening a dance school’s new premises, and is looking forward to her first charity show.
‘I now teach at the school I attended in north Wales and I’m bringing a group of students from there to dance and sing with me at the Kings.’
She played Shelley in Hairspray and covered Tracy, one of the leads. ‘But I never went on so I was distraught,’ she laughs. ‘At least I’ll have my own part in Mamma Mia!’
The Lord Mayor’s show is supporting Portsmouth-based charity Down Syndrome Education International and the Be Your Best Foundation Rock Challenge.
Others in the line-up include opera singer Jennifer Parker-Lummis, comedy magician Scott Thatcher, Frank Sinatra tribute performer Mel Peake, members of CCADS singing numbers from the musical Our House, Rock Challenge performers, 2nd 2 None street dancers, the Royal Naval Volunteer Band of HMS Nelson and dancers from the Giselle Academy.
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