Cast: Hart Morse, Marianne Johnson, Jason MacDonald, with Catherine Dyer and introducing Desmond Napoles
Still recovering from the death of his mother, seventeen-year-old Rodney (cutie pie twink Hart Morse) dreams of escaping his small southern hometown in pursuit of following in his late mother’s footsteps as an award-winning pageant queen. Despite an onslaught of bullying and abuse from his step-father, step-brothers, and classmates, Rodney calls upon his sassy best friend Monique (Marianne Johnson) and a unique cast of southern characters to help him take the crown in an upcoming teen drag pageant in Atlanta. This coming-of-age southern dramedy is about following your dreams, overcoming adversity, and forging down your own road no matter how treacherous the path. Imagine John Waters crossed with a little bit of TO WONG FOO and RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE, a dash of STEEL MAGNOLIAS, and the heart of LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE all bundled as a loose adaptation of CINDERELLA. The result is the effervescent PAGEANT MATERIAL.