Free State Teacher Scott Ireland Will Represent Foundation at Transformations Gala

Jan. 23, 2018

Scott Ireland Scott Ireland, associate choral director at Free State High School has been on stages before, either performing or leading his choir. Not once has he appeared on a stage wearing high heels like he will be doing Saturday night representing the Lawrence Schools Foundation at the Transformations Gala.

The seventh annual Transformations Gala is billed as a unique talent and entertainment extravaganza that will feature men of the community competing for the benefit of local charities.  After the first six shows featured women contestants, this is the first year men will compete. Ireland selected the Lawrence Schools Foundation as his charity and hopes to claim the $10,000 prize for the Foundation.

Those funds would go towards supporting immediate needs and requests such as school clothes, backpacks, shoes, winter outerwear, school and/or personal hygiene supplies, bus passes, lunch funds and other varied school items students need to be successful in the classroom.

“I got involved when I saw the post from Transformations on Facebook that said that this year is open to men,” Ireland explained. “I have gone to Transformations in previous years and have wondered what it would be like to be on stage, so I quickly applied.”

Ten men in drag will compete in the contest featuring a talent, evening gown, and a question and answer portion of the event. Ireland has been working with a consultant, planning his looks and talent, which is playing the piano and singing.

“I have been walking in heels for a least an hour every day too,” he said of preparation for the evening gown segment. “I sincerely hope that I don’t trip when walking on stage. That has been filling my dreams lately.”

While each charity will receive a donation based on funds generated from the event, the big prize goes to the winner.

“I am excited for this opportunity to try something new and compete in a wonderful pageant and hopefully win $10,000 for the Lawrence Schools Foundation,” he said.