Breahna Lesemann –
On November 21st, IC’s organization promoting equality among people of all sexual orientations put on a production, called SAGE on Stage, a variety show filled with diverse acts.
The organization, called Straights and Gays for Equality (SAGE), started the event because they thought it would be a fun way to raise awareness for the LGBTQ community. This is that third annual SAGE on Stage and it was quite an impressive show. Student Sarah Kline shared her opinion saying, “The performances had a lot of emotion which was great.” President Farley gave a brief speech, thanking SAGE for their work, before the start of the show.
Before the acts, SAGE started the event with a panel to explain what each letter stands for in LGBTQIAAP; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning intersex, asexual, ally, and pansexual, and they gave a brief explanation for each.
The first act was a compilation of music and video clips, which had a powerful message about acceptance and humanity, done by Charlotte Michels. She did an excellent job of matching the clips with the words in the music which made the words of the music even more potent.
The newly-formed Legacy dance team was next to perform, dancing to a compilation of songs that portray peace, love, and equality.
Next to perform were Leah Fortner and Jared Westover. Both sang while Jared also played an original song titled “Hardest Thing.” It was a lovely song with beautiful harmony between the two of them.
Brittany Spaulding recited an original poem titled “On Being Black and Queer at a Black Baptist Church.” It was a powerful piece that brought up a hardship that some people of the LGBTQ community face.
Charlotte Michels played the piano and sang “Heart of Stone” by Iko while Yoshi Omori did a speed drawing of a couple from the audience without picking up his marker.
Next to perform was Gabe Knott who read and original poem titled “You are Eighteen.” This was a touching poem that put you into the situations and events that happened in his life. He spoke about having to tone down his personality before finally deciding that he would be exactly who he is meant to be.
Tamar Norville played the guitar and sang an original song titled “Only God Can Judge,” which was inspired by the struggle of two of her friends from high school who committed suicide after being continually bullied for being gay. The song delivered a message of acceptance and not putting judgment on others.
The last act was a poem titled “I Do,” by Andrea Gibson excellently delivered by Katia Swane-Barzowski. This poem is about same-sex marriage, giving you an image of a couple who would like to know that in fifty years if their partner is in the hospital, and only family can enter, that they will be able to come say good bye.
Squire Prince praised the show saying, “It was a wonderful showcase of diversity and the LGBTQ community, which I am a part of.”
“I think it went well and I hope it touched people and promoted diversity as well as reach out to people so they know that they aren’t alone.” Said the SAGE President Leah Fortner.
It was a touching showcase filled with very powerful messages that will stay with anyone who was in the audience.
Breahna Lesemann, from Bath, Illinois, is a sophomore majoring in English Education with a minor in Theatre at Illinois College. Breahna is a writer for the The Rambler and a member of the IC concert choir.