Local hair/makeup artist makes RTP stage debut with ‘The Loves of My Life’
Local actor/musician/hair stylist extraordinaire Joel Furtick may be best known for his work behind the scenes, but he promises to take Richmond by storm with his upcoming cabaret The Loves of My Life.
Whether it’s hair and makeup for shows like RTP’s Pageant, Christmas on the Rocks, La Cage Aux Folles, and Psycho Beach Party or his bewitching transformation of nominees and presenters for the annual RTCC Awards, Furtick is single-handedly making Richmond actors and theatre-goers beautiful.
Now it’s his turn to shine as he surfaces on stage for this one-night-only special event.
The Loves of My Life is aptly named. Anyone who knows Furtick is enchanted by his heart-on-his-sleeve style of friendship. He’s the kind of guy who would do anything for a friend. And I think it can be inferred that the audience are among the loves of his life.
In this sure to be memorable and intimate evening, Furtick will take us on his heart’s journey through song . . . the good, the bad, the ugly. The show’s “not all about boys” and “not all rainbows and unicorns,” he teases.
His goal for the cabaret is for audience members to know more about him than when they came in the doors. For Furtick, the show will be “cathartic, an ability to talk about the good and the bad.”
I’ve heard Furtick sing. He has a gift. And he tells me that “not using [the gift] would be a travesty.”
Furtick has a particular fondness for the medium of cabaret in that it is a “different way of expressing yourself that allows you to be very honest.”
Each song holds special meaning for Furtick, and the cabaret will allow the audience to get to know him better as he explains the importance of each piece.
Furtick began, like many others, singing in the church choir. His first stage performance was in Oklahoma! in high school. Musical influences include INXS’s Michael Hutchens, Donna Summers, Cindy Lauper and more. His favorite cabaret singer is Sally Mayes.
What does Furtick hope for with his cabaret? “That there’s some moment in the show, somewhere, that your heartstrings get pulled a little, or you laugh so hard your stomach hurts.” He hopes that you’ll “wake up the next morning thinking about something from the show.”
The Loves of My Life will be held at Richmond Triangle Players at 7:30 p.m. on March 13, 2016. Tickets are $20 and are available by visiting show’s website here or calling 804.346.8113.
Julie Harthill Clayton is an out and proud bisexual with a passion for reading, writing . . . and NOT arithmetic. Her work has appeared in the Christian Science Monitor, the Internet Review of Books, Curve Magazine, Lambda Literary and more. She is working on her first novel - Two Tickets to Freedom - a semi-autobiographical queer coming-of-age tale. A paralegal by day, Julie spends her free time knitting, writing, and reading anything she can get her hands on. She lives in Richmond with her partner, local artist David Turner, and their mischievous and loving hunting dog, Max.
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