It’s not too early to form a team or buy tickets to watch your friends and family spell their way into a word-perfect frenzy at New London’s Garde Arts Center in what is expected to be a wacky evening of fun on Saturday, October 19th.
“Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” and “Dancing with the Stars” Emmy-winning celebrity, actor and fashion designer Carson Kressley will host OutCT’s inaugural Community Spelling Bee.
The Bee is expected to include teams from businesses, organizations, students, and individuals. There will be a VIP reception before the event with a book signing and autograph session with Carson after the competition.
Constance Kristofik, Founder and President of OutCT, told us that the community wide Spelling Bee will showcase the word-smith talents of contestants from ages 16 up. She suggests you pull together a team of three and then join them in the fun onstage. Preliminary ‘Qualifying Rounds’ lead to a ‘Championship Round’ and then the winning BEE team gets a prize and bragging rights.
Constance added: “The purpose of this fun event is to build a community that promotes understanding of all sexual orientations and gender identities.” Can you spell ‘PRIDE?’
Here’s the buzz about how the bee works - once a team of three is assembled, a name should be created. Costumes for the team are definitely encouraged. Have you ever seen Constance in one of her favorites? That alone would be worth the price of admission, especially when she gives full rein to her delightful and magnetic personality.
Teams will collaborate on a given word as a group, write it on white board, and the team captain spells the word out loud. Judges verify the word. Winners from each round will compete in final round for championship. Prizes will be awarded to each member of team for spelling bee champs, best team spirit (expect creative cheering by fans in the audience), and best costumes chosen by MC Carson Kressley. When Carson is not working onstage or on TV, he’s a world champion equestrian. Find out more about this charming and versatile guy at www.carsonkressley.com.
If you see him at the event, be sure to “Thank” him for accepting Constance’s request to host this OutCT benefit. He’s a celebrity that has fully earned that title for his worthwhile achievements and his generosity.
Anyone interested in having a team, contact OutCT for a registration form. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 860-339-4060. Team registration is $500. Participants are invited to the VIP reception with Carson prior to the event. Friends and family may purchase a VIP ticket to join them. Sponsorship packages are also available which include a spelling team, VIP tickets for extra guests, program ads, and website presence. The premiere sponsor gets named on the marquee of the Garde Arts Center and can address the audience from the podium. Are you ready for your close-up?
The Spelling Bee will take place on Saturday, October 19, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. The VIP Reception will be held at the Garde at 6:00 p.m. (Catered by A Thyme to Cook). Book signing and autographs are open to all attendees following the event.
Contact the Garde Arts Center, 325 State Street, New London, CT 06320
Tickets are $15 reserved seating and $50 for premiere seats and VIP Reception. Students: $8 Military/Senior: $12. Groups of ten or more: $12 per person. Call
The Garde Box Office at 860-444-7373 ext. 1 or go to www.gardearts.org.
For anyone interested in being a sponsor and/or having a team in the competition, contact Constance at 860-339-4060 or email email@example.com for more information.
“OutCT is a diverse group of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queers and their allies centered in Southeastern Connecticut. It was founded by Constance Kristofik, who as president, recruited and organized the first volunteers. They came together in spring of 2013 to plan a New London Pride Festival, but quickly realized they had enough interest and energy to do more. Although the Pride festival still tops their to-do list, they are also planning a film series, scavenger hunt, an art exhibit, a drag brunch, educational forums and more. OutCT hopes to serve both the GLBTQA community and larger community. The mission of OutCT is to build a community through educational, cultural and social programming that promotes acceptance, tolerance and understanding of all sexual orientations and gender identities.”