[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]The Gemmell Multi-Purpose Room was home to song, dance and rhinestones Tuesday night as Allies hosted its third annual Drag Talent Show.
The show featured several student performers, the Clarion University Dance Team and a group of professional drag queens known as the New York Bad Bitches. Emcees Zack Rosen and Larry Weigner kept the event moving throughout the night, with Weigner taking to the stage at one point and leading the room in an impromptu dance of “The Wobble” with Keeghan Getit of the Bad Bitches.
From the drag queens, the audience saw nine dance performances. Mya Valentine was the first of the evening performing to Beyonce’s “Partition” and, during a later portion of the show, took to the audience to take selfies with students. There was also CeCe Dashawn, among whose performances was a number to Christina Aquilera’s “Express” and Kimmi Moore who performed a particularly well-received dance to “Whip My Hair” by Willow Smith.
Interspersed with the performances by the queens were student performances. Lady GayGay performed to Lady Gaga’s “Applause,” Jude sang Bastille’s “Flaws,” Christina Kim performed a dance to the Wonder Girls “Be My Baby,” Flynn Neptune sang “When I Was Your Man” by Bruno Mars and Mackleless and Ryan Fewis sang and rapped the popular song “Same Love.”
Allies president Shelby Ehrin said she was impressed with the turnout, which totaled over 300 students.
“We had to add chairs and we ran out of raffle tickets, all good things. We filled the room, and that’s what I was concerned about.”
This was also the first year Allies was able to bring a group of professional drag queens to the show. “A member [of Allies] is friends with Keeghan Getit so he worked with us and organized all this,” said Ehrin.
Student performers Mackleless and Bryan Fewis were the night’s big winners when the audience cheered them on the loudest during crowd voting. Fewis, one half of the winning duo, said she was overwhelmed by the win.
“One of the first things I thought was, ‘I have got to tell my mom about this.’ It was really, really nerve wracking. It was amazing. I wasn’t expecting it at all,” said Fewis.
President Karen Whitney was also present at the event and took a moment on stage to thank everyone, student and faculty alike, who attended the event and gave a shout out to Allies for planning it.
The Drag Talent Show will return next spring, and anyone interested in getting involved with Allies and their future events can attend their meetings every Thursday at 5:30 p.m. in Harvey Hall.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_facebook type=”standard”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_tweetmeme type=”horizontal”][/vc_column][/vc_row]