Town-storming is one of the most important activities that we have every year. The cast gets divided up into different cars, and each car is given a list of businesses and shops they need to go see and ask for donations. They can be monetary, or they can be things that we can raffle off at our other fundraising events. Because this event happens every year, most of the businesses are expecting us to come in, and often have something ready for us. We do send the girls with a letter and information sheet every year though, for the ones that are not quite ready, so that they can get in touch with that year’s directors and organizing team to give us what they want to. Our community is so supportive of our cause and our show and they are always so excited to see us. It’s absolutely amazing and we always get so much. We received a lot of donations on the spot, a lot of gift certificates and free dinners or haircuts. We also received a birdhouse, and a few shirts from one of the local bars. All in all, it’s a really great thing that we do, to get our name out into the community and to help us raise money. It gives the businesses some free advertising, and it helps us to spread the word about what we do.
On a more personal note, one of the things that’s been hardest for me as an organizer is not being in a monologue. Rehearsals have started to get into full swing where monologues are reading at each rehearsal, and this past rehearsal I worked with the girls in the monologue I did last year(They Beat The Girl Out of My Boy…Or So They Tried), to help them get a little more perspective on the issues involved with transwomen and how to start developing their characters more and it made me realize how much I missed that. I feel a bit removed from the cast because I’m organizing, not performing and I just really miss. I love the work I’m doing now, it’s all so important and so rewarding and I love getting to work with everyone on their monologues. I’m constantly amazed at how wonderful all the girls are and all their hard work and I’m so lucky to be a part of this.