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The Spectrum Drag Ball

Bryden Spevak

Issue date: 12/4/09 Section: Focus
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This year's Drag Ball was quite an event. Even before it started, students both dressed up and dressed down had fun dancing and eating delicious food. A number of people dressed up who weren't even involved in the acts. Seven handsome drag kings kicked off the show with lip-syncs to a large and hilarious variety of songs. Sporting suits, ties, canes and fedoras, these "men" danced their hearts out to the great enjoyment of the crowd.

Following the first lip-sync competition and a walk by model Nolan Schreiber, the lovely drag queens went out to strut their stuff. This next act featured many skirts, pumps, and feather boas as seven spectacularly dressed drag queens danced all around the stage and amongst the crowd.

The fun didn't stop during intermissions. People both in the show and those just there to watch danced up on stage, and the energy in Carlton Commons was palpitating. Prizes such as gift certificates, flowers, and "Gay? Fine By Me" shirts were raffled off between acts as well. Those audience members who dressed up got the chance to participate in a contest to find the best dressed, ultimately won by Abby Thorburn after an impromptu dance-off/walk-off between the finalists.

Prizes were given out at the end of the event to the winners of both drag king and queen lip-syncs. Shuang Chen and Catherine Packer proved to be the reigning drag kings as they won the hearts of judges Karl Rishe, Christina Mastrangelo, and Vicky Wright. InLok Lam and Andrew Franco took away the gold in the drag queen lip-sync competition.

The Ball proved to be as fun and crazy as was predicted, and its success went to a good cause. Half of the proceeds of the event went to the Trevor Hotline, and the remainder went to the East Cleveland Neighborhood Center.
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