Where can you see posh female impersonators? Where can you see performers doing splits off of stages? Where can you find massive butt implants? The answer is at a drag show in the Multi-Purpose Room.
On Thursday April 3rd 2014, LGBTQ and OCI co-hosted the Annual event “Life’s a Drag.” This charity event, which highlights the performing and dancing of drag queens, is an annual event where all of the proceeds go to a charity called “The Attic” which is a youth center in Pennsylvania.
LGBTQ president Jason Baker thinks, “This event is so important because this campus is so diverse.” As diverse as this campus is, it’s hard to tell whether or not they knew what was to come before this event.
“Life’s a Drag” started with the host, the tall, tan, and muscular Verona Demonay performing on stage. She danced and used comedy as a way to engage the crowd and to gain donations from them as well.
The show’s opening performance went to the former Drag Ms. Philadelphia award winner Cyannie. She danced on stage to various pop and hip hop artists including Beyonce. Cyannie displayed her athleticism and showcased her dancing ability by partaking in acrobatics such as splits and cart-wheels. During her performance, members of the crowd made donations.
The next performer was Verona’s “daughter”, Tatyana Monet. Like Cyannie, Tatyana danced to various songs and used her acrobats to drive the crowd. She had the ability to elicit crowd emotion through comedy and charisma.
The third performance went to Rutgers-Camden’s very own, freshman, Ali. Ali received ovations from her peers and schoolmates. She appeared nervous but soon settled into her performance.
In between performances, Verona would find ways to engage the audience. She would venture out into the crowd and ask questions regarding the Rutgers student’s name, major, and hometown.
Right before the intermission, Cyannie performed for a second time. She continued her previous acrobatics by doing more splits, cart wheels, and dance moves. She danced on a Rutgers student who was a part of the crowd and this student, Bree Kearse, commented on her experience. She exclaimed, “I loved it when she danced on me and I cried.” She continued by saying, “I am so happy for our Rutgers student who performed and they should do this more often.
After the 15 minute intermission, the performers who had already performed went again but this time with a special performance from the host, Verona. Her performance was similar to the prior ones but with a touch of something different: Something spicy.
Verona, like her predecessors was very acrobatic. With the help from lights, her performance was also very colorful and vibrant. The wide array of music also contributed to the uniqueness of the performance. With that being said, she had no problem with shaking her but in a variety of ways during her performance. She was both provocative and scandalous.
The rest of the performances were all collectively theatrical. The dance moves, pop music, and charisma that captivated the crowd pre intermission, grabbed the crowds attention post intermission as well.
The show’s last performance was done by the same person who had started the performances off. Cyannie ended the event on a good note by continuing her acrobatic dancing and garnering large charity donations from the crowd.
After watching the last performance, the crowd gave a joyous ovation while the performers all bowed. After the performance, the drag queen performers gave picture, question, and interview time for the fans.
In an interview with Verona, she left her comical façade on stage and answered questions seriously. When and why she started doing drag she said, “I started in 2004 and I started because I liked it. It was magical becoming female.
When asked what she thinks about the Rutgers-Camden campus she said that it is “beautiful.” The thing that Verona spoke about was why she felt that this event is important. She feels as though the event is important because, this event not only helps bring gays and lesbians together but it brings everyone together and everyone always needs someone to talk to.”
In an interview with Cyannie, when asked about when and why she started being a drag queen she said, “I started in 2011 and she originally started after seeing her first drag show.” She believes that Rutgers-Camden is “amazing and welcoming,” and she thinks that the “Life is a Drag” event is so important because it “brings everyone together.”
The annual event known as “Life’s a Drag” is an event that many males are reluctant to attend considering the circumstances. With that being said, it is an event that every Rutgers-Camden student should experience.