A tribute to the late Orlando actor Paul Wegman will be shown free this weekend as part of Gay Days at the Parliament House. To be screened along it will be the comedy short A Day in the Life of Miss Sammy.
Here’s the news from Michael Wanzie:
Miss P To Be Remembered During Gay Days
Miss Sammy Comedy to be Included in Double Feature Movie Nights at PH
Wanzie Presents double feature – free movies at the Parliament House:
I am pleased to announce that on Gay Day Friday and Gay Day Saturday, both the award-winning documentary Paul Wegman: A Tribute and the award-winning comedy short A Day in the Life of Miss Sammy will be presented as a good old-fashioned double feature bill on June 4 and June 5, 2010 at 8PM in the Footlight Theatre at the Parliament House Resort.
Paul Wegman: A Tribute is indeed a tribute to the beloved actor who, in addition to performing leading male roles at virtually every theater in Central Florida from the Orlando Shakespeare Theater to the IceHouse Theater in Mount Dora, was also the genius female impersonator who embodied the foul-mouthed Miss P.
Miss P entertained and delighted admirers from around the globe during her quarter-century reign as official Parliament House Hostess and Emcee of the world-famous Footlight Players’ weekly drag extravaganzas.
Paul Wegman: A Tribute includes video clips of actor Paul Wegman playing roles ranging from various Shakespearean characters to Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol as well as many of the most outrageous onstage moments and trademark antics of Miss P performing on an all-gay cruise, in the Footlight Theatre, and on the Pool Stage at the Parliament House. Also included are memories, stories, and anecdotes regarding Paul/P by dozens of local actors and actresses as well as many female impersonators whose tributes were filmed very shortly after Paul’s untimely death. Those appearing in the film include Jim Helsinger, David Lee, Darcel Stevens, Margaret Nolan, Susan Unger, Don Granatstein, Doug Ba’aser, Michael Wanzie, Scottie Campbell, Chris Guy, Briana Lee, Sam Singhaus, Bobbie Bell, Scott Carter, Danielle Hunter, Miriam P. Saunders, Rebecca Fisher, Joe Swanberg, Judy Milan, Catherine Goodison, Chantelle Rashae, Michael Walters, Christine Robison, Philip Johnson, Judy Milam, Jeff Horn, Kyla Swanberg, Pam Baumann, “Mary Higgins of Sanford Florida” and many others. The film features many photographs from Paul’s youth provided by his brother David Wegman, with original underscoring by Rich Charron.
Paul Wegman: A Tribute was first screened at three separate memorial services held to celebrate the life of Paul Wegman. Donations accepted after each screening were used to establish the Paul M. Wegman Memorial Scholarship Fund for aspiring GLBT actors. (Correction from Scottie Campbell: The scholarship is not limited to GLBT actors.)
Paul Wegman: A Tribute has won multiple awards including Best Documentary at the Fire Island Film Festival, which is part of the prestigious Long Island Film Festival. The film was conceived of and directed by Michael Wanzie and was filmed and edited by Jason Piecarski, whose Lantern Light Studios co-produced the film.
A Day in the Life of Miss Sammy is another Lantern Light Studios/Wanzie collaboration. Written by Wanzie and co-directed by Wanzie and Piecarski, this hysterical short film follows the infamous Miss (Sam Singhaus) Sammy as she stumbles her way through an average day of beauty regimes, drinking, quickies, drunk driving, and religious reflection. A Day in the Life of Miss Sammy is also a multiple-award-winning film, including being selected as Best Comedy Short at the Tampa Gay & Lesbian Film Festival. The film was shot by Piecarski, guerilla-style, at locations all over Orlando and Winter Park Florida including the Parliament House, Gary Lambert Salon, Spa of Thornton Park, Restoration Hardware, Theatre Downtown, WildSide BBQ, an unsuspecting Chevron gas station, and at Saint Joseph Cathedral and Mary Queen of the Universe Shrine!
The two films will be screened together as a double feature. Admission will be free! Donations to the Paul M. Wegman Memorial Scholarship Fund at Valencia Community College will gladly be accepted on a voluntary basis as patrons exit the theater.
Double feature – free movies at the Parliament House
Wanzie Presents Two Lantern Light Studios’ Films:
Paul Wegman: A Tribute
Miss P remembered during Gay Days
Winner Best Documentary, Fire Island Film Festival
A Day in the Life of Miss Sammy
Hi-Camp Comedy Starring Miss Sammy
Winner Best Comedy Short, Tampa Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
Screening Dates: Friday, June 4 and Saturday June 5, 2010
Place: The Footlight Theatre at the Parliament House
410 N. Orange Blossom Trail
Orlando Florida 32819
Donations gladly accepted to the Paul M. Wegman Scholarship Fund for aspiring GLBT Actors at Valencia Community College
Reservations: Not required or accepted. Open seating is on a first come first served basis.