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Sybil and Friends Set to Give Mothers a Treat

Originally published in Today in Bermuda, Written by  Carla Zuill.

Mothers will be in for a treat on Sunday evening as the Island’s premier female impersonator, Mark “Sybil Barrington” Anderson and friends will put on a performance at City Hall, which will be in Mr. Anderson’s words, nothing short of “fabulosity”.

All proceeds will go to the Centre Against Abuse.

A veteran on the stage, Mr. Anderson is considered a top performer in many parts of the world and according to him, his presence is still heavily requested: “I still get asked to perform in Vegas, Atlantic City and even as far away as Japan.”

Today In Bermuda asked Mr. Anderson why he chose to support the Centre of Abuse.

“Last year was the first time that I had heard about the Centre. I have always supported domestic-abuse awareness and I can honestly say that I didn’t know there was such an awareness in Bermuda. When I first heard about it I was stunned.”

Mr. Anderson shares that his life was impacted by domestic violence: “I watched in horror as someone in my family was abused. Back then there no avenue to get help; it was usually the Police or one of your grandparents. I watched helplessly as my relative was beaten, and as a result of the abuse she was suffering, her children ended up living in the Sunshine League.”

Mr. Anderson says he is excited about the upcoming show, as in recent years he’d reduced his number of performances to help care for his mother: “In 2006, I was performing with Melba Moore and my mother collapsed at the show. From that day on, performing took a back seat.

“I could not afford to keep performing and taking care of my mother at the same time.”

But now Mr. Anderson says he is ready to don his heels for a good cause: “Along with myself, there will be local and international performers. When I asked my friends from overseas to perform, they jumped at the opportunity without hesitation. There’s going to be lots of drama and excitement.”

Mr. Anderson says the audience will be in for a treat with performances from Diana Ross, Beyonce, Celine Dion and more. And of course, Patti LaBelle. Mr. Anderson was representing the state of New York when he won the Patti LaBelle Look Alike contest in 2000, beating out contestants from all across America.

Always outspoken and bubbly, Mr. Anderson turns serious for a moment: “I really support this cause which is why I am doing this. I know it’s a different cause but I hope one day Bermuda will have a centre and shelter for teens in the gay and lesbian community who are being kicked out of their homes because of who they are. I really do.”

Tickets for the Mother’s Day Dynamic 2015 Female Impersonators Show are available at Shannon’s and online at www.bdatix.bm.

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