Kinky Boots: A Life Lesson On Love And Shoes

Last month, our team had the privilege of attending the North Carolina Theatre’s Kinky Boots and we were immersed into their world of love and leather shoes!

On a rainy Tuesday night, we entered the Memorial Auditorium where our worlds were lit on fire like the color red- similar to the character’s preferred color of boots.

Vibrant, bold, and charismatic are understatements for the performance at the North Carolina Theatre. Kinky Boots’ reputation precedes itself, but this performance was fresh, and full of talent, that made the audience laugh and sometimes even sing along.

In a majority of shows, audience members are respectful- so quiet you could hear a pen drop. But not Kinky Boots. Our fellow audience members were not only engaged but mesmerized by the performance. The actor’s portrayal of the 80s in east England encouraged us to feel as confident and genuine as the characters brought to life on stage – a transgender misfit and a businessman down on his luck.

The main characters, Lola and Charlie quickly transported us into their world and wrapped us into their story. The challenge of keeping Charlie’s shoe factory afloat was a challenge that the two were able to overcome, all while learning about each other- and themselves- along the way.

The audience’s attention never shifted. We laughed (and a few of us cried) as the heartwarming story unfolded across the stage. There was a sense of camaraderie among us as neighboring strangers laughed and sighed in unison. It was an unusual privilege to simultaneously burst out in laughter with a stranger – often due to one of Lola’s off color remarks.

Between the wardrobe, the high energy, and colorful attitudes that filled the stage, there was never a dull moment. The play was extremely relatable; not only because of the humor or the fun that ensued, but in the lessons learned. The recurring themes of self-love, open minds, and finding the value in our differences were lessons everyone could benefit from hearing. Kinky Boots is the perfect combination of applicable life lessons and musical entertainment that everyone can enjoy.

 

Photo credits to Curtis Brown Photography 

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