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In summer of 2019, Near West Theatre and Veranda L’Ni became Cleveland’s premier hosts for Drag Queen Story Hour, a national effort to organize storytimes with larger-than-life Drag Queens!
Since our first DQSH, NWT’s attendance has doubled in size and we have grown to offer multiple opportunities throughout the year. We create a welcoming environment where aspiring readers can celebrate diversity and inclusion, and break the stigma around harmful gender stereotypes through exposure to self-proclaimed queer role models.
Step into “Veranda’s living room”—complete with many shimmery materials, a piano, pillows, stuffed animals, lots of purple, and of course, the Christmas Story leg lamp. From her throne, Veranda L’Ni, Cleveland’s tallest drag entertainer, reads a selection of stories to the group and leads sing-alongs that share messages of love and inclusivity. Plus, there is usually dancing and glitter and crafting!
This program is ideal for ages 3 to 8 and their family, and lasts about one hour.
November 07, 2020, 11:00am
Step into “Veranda’s living room”—complete with many shimmery materials, a piano, pillows, stuffed animals, lots of purple, and of course, the Christmas Story leg lamp....
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