Male beauty pageant brings the heat to Highlands Playhouse

Contestants, audience members, and judges all knew what they were getting into attending the annual All Male Beauty Pageant to support the Highlands Bolivian Mission. The Pageant included evening gown, talent, and lingerie portions of the show.

Polly Darton sings her heart out to the judges at the All Male Beauty Pageant in support of the Highlands Bolivian Mission.

But it’s all for a good cause as proceeds go towards the Highlands Bolivian Mission. This year the event raised almost $10,000 said Mission Director Dr. John Baumrucker who portrayed a drunken Julia Child skit during the talent portion.

“I want to thank all the people that made this event a success and the audience that made it all worthwhile,” said Baumrucker. “The boys in the foster home, the poor who receive our help with food and medical support; and the folks in the jail that get encouragement, Bibles, and medicines from our volunteers are the real winners.”

Dr. John Baumrucker as Julia Child during the talent portion of the contest.

The Bolivian Mission began in 1998 and over the years has donated over one million dollars’ worth of medical supplies and equipment, but recently has focused on the foster home for abandoned street boys. The home houses between 23 and 25 boys at any time and stresses education as the way to a bright future. There is a woodworking shop that teaches skills that will be useful as adults as a hobby or as a job.

The nine-brave contestants who donned evening gowns and lingerie included Anita Date (winner), Florence Nite-in-Gale, Anita Curtain, Amazon Prime, Hermione Grunger, Polly Darton, Blondie, Chantilly Lace, and Maye B. Tunite. Editor’s Note: Dr. B did not divulge the contestants’ names and I’m not going to be that guy. 

Blondie sends her love to the crowd.

These upstanding men in the community may be the last to vie for the title as Baumrucker said the pageant idea may have run its course. The first pageant was held in 1979 by the Highlands Jaycees. The project was taken over by the Highlands Rotary Club and then the Highlands Bolivian Mission.

“All the people, the cast, the helpers on lights, sound, and backstage did a great job, and all had a good time,” said Baumrucker. “The audience enjoyed the show that lasted two hours of hilarious fun. While we had a great bunch of contestants, I believe we decided to leave the Beauty Pageant concept and maybe have a talent show, Highlands Has Talent in 2021.”

Contestants knew how to work the crowd at Monday’s beauty pageant.

Making every moment on stage count in support of the Highlands Bolivian Mission.

Lee Lyons gives her take on Spanx.

Article and Photos by Brian O’Shea
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