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Saturday’s Voyeur Performance Seeks to “Melt Buttars”

On July 30, Salt Lake Acting Company will offer a performance of Saturday’s Voyeur, its annual witty and irreverent musical satire of Utah politics, for a cause that is likely close to many gay Utahns’ hearts: defeating anti-gay Sen. Chris Buttars in his 2008 bid for re-election.

All proceeds from the late July performance of the popular musical will go to the campaign of the West Jordan Republican’s Democratic challenger John Rendell, said Billie Gay Larsen, treasurer for Rendell’s campaign.

Larsen said she approached SLAC about a benefit performance after hearing that Rendell’s opponent is frequently lampooned in this year’s show.

“I knew Buttars was a featured target and I couldn’t pass it up,” she said. A highlight of the show, she added, was a drag-clad Buttars singing Amy Winehouse’s “Rehab.”

Director of Audience Services (and Voyeur choreographer) Cynthia Fleming agreed. “When I passed [Larsen’s request] on to Al and Nancy they were thrilled and excited because Chris Buttars is quite featured this year in our show,” she said.

When a group such as Rendell’s campaign wants to use a Voyeur performance to benefit their cause, Fleming said SLAC sells them the tickets at a reduced price and lets the group resell them for “as much as they need.” SLAC also provides the space for pre or post-show receptions.

And when a particular benefit show sells out, Fleming added, something special often happens.

“When they buy out the whole house, whatever organization or whoever is running for office can stand up and give the welcome speech or a thank you speech, and that’s always lovely,” she said.

At press time, however, the Rendell campaign has yet to sell all its seats. Currently, six seats are available on the theatre’s third row (for $85 each), 27 seats on the fifth and sixth rows and nearly all seats on the theatre’s back two rows (all $75 each). Two four seat cabaret tables at the front of the house ($100 per seat) are also waiting to be filled.

Larsen is hopeful that the seats will fill up, and Fleming also encouraged Rendell’s supporters to buy the remaining spaces.

“[These nights are] a great way to be able to give your money to an organization, and it’s a wonderful party at Saturday’s Voyeur,” she said.

To purchase any of the remaining seats call Larsen at   (801) 254-9432 or email [email protected] Mail all checks to Rendell for Senate P.O. Box 951111 South Jordan UT 84095-1111. Please note “SLAC” and number of tickets purchased on the check. The performance will be held July 30 at 7:30 p.m. at Salt Lake Acting Company (168 W 500 N) with a pre-show reception at 6:30 p.m.

The deadline to turn in all money is Monday, July 28.

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