Egyptian Theatre Hosts Manly Men
November 12, 2010
Manly Men are supposed to be heroes. They’re supposed to climb the ladders and rescue people from burning buildings. They also should be able to tame wild animals with a glare and open beer bottles with their teeth.
But what about setting mouse traps?
Randy Barton, general manager of the Egyptian Theatre Company, says a man should be able to set a mousetrap quickly.
That’s why he added the task to the second annual manly-man contest titled "Are We Not Men: Feats of Brute Strength & Masculinity," a fundraiser for the Egyptian Theatre Company.
The event takes place at the Egyptian Theatre on Nov. 13, at 8 p.m.
"This fundraiser is unlike any other," Barton said during an interview with The Park Record. "It doesn’t involve high admission or silent or live auctions."
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It’s an event like a beauty contest, but comprised of tasks that men should be able to do, he said
"They should be able to take out the garbage. So we have some heavy garbage cans the men will have to carry around the theatre."
And the tasks will be timed.
"They’re going to have to see how fast they can do the tasks because that’s how they’ll get their points," Barton said. "Each task is worth 10 points. So the one who comes in second place will get nine points and so forth."
Points will also be acquired through judges and the audience, Barton explained.
"There are three women on the judging panel," he said. "And there will be a judges’ choice category and an audience choice category. And those will be worth a total of 30 points apiece."
During the contest, a number of tasks would be combined into one "obstacle course," Barton explained.
"We’ll have them take out the trash, set a mouse trap, fix something, open something and do other things that those manly men are supposed to be able to do," he said. "And as with all the things in the contest, they will be timed."
Other chores will include push-ups with a woman sitting on their back; a longest handstand walk, beer chugging, diaper changing and dancing, Barton said.
"We’ll also give out points for the hairiest back and do a manly-man trivia contest with questions that include ‘Who won last year’s Super Bowl,’ ‘Who won last year’s World Series,’ ‘Who won this year’s World Series,’ questions like that," he said.
Finally, as with all beauty contests, there will be a cat walk, which Barton called a "dog walk."
"All the contestants will be able to strut their stuff," he said.
Barton thought of creating a manly-man contest when he was on vacation five years ago.
"I was in Mexico at one of those all-inclusive resorts," he said. "The locals had these weekly competitions where they would crown the male and female winners.
"I loved the idea of doing a family-friendly competition for men," he said. "There are so many contests for women. So I wanted to create something unique for the men."
Although the manly men will be full of testosterone, heightened by the adrenaline rush of competition, everyone has a great time.
"Last year the men took it very seriously, but very good naturedly," Barton said. "It’s all out laughter and smiles. And no one is crushed if they don’t win the event."
While admission to the contest is $15 in advance and $18 at the door, the real fundraising comes from the manly-men entry fees, Barton said.
"Business and people sponsored their man for $500 each," he said. "This year we have Mr. Star Bar, Mr. Valvoline Quick Lube, Mr. Coalville and Mr. Egyptian Theatre.
"Last year the Star Bar won. So that business is the defending champion, even though the man they have is different than last year’s man."
Of the entrants, there will only be three winners.
"We will name the Manly Man 2010 and there will be second and third place," Barton said. "They’ll all get trophies, and they’ll probably cry."
"Are We Not Men: Feats of Brute Strength & Masculinity," a fundraiser for the Egyptian Theatre Company will start at 8 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 13, at the Egyptian Theatre, 328 Main Street. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door. Call 649-9371 or log on to http://www.egyptiantheatrecompany.com for more information.