‘Boro gets fierce at second annual drag show

Category:  The Arts
Wednesday, April 11th, 2018 at 6:50 PM
‘Boro gets fierce at second annual drag show  by Livia Homerski and Courtney Allen
Photo: Sarah Cacchione

Sponsored by Diversity Boro, Edinboro’s second annual drag show took place on April 5 in Pogue Multipurpose Room. The show featured five queens from Pittsburgh: Lady Rose Amore, Blade Mathews, Sasha Nolan, Anna Steezia, and the host, Lola LeCroix. 

The show, as implied in the name, “Welcome to the Drag Jungle,” was jungle-themed and had fake palm leaves strewn across the floor, along with a giant swan pool float to the side of the crowd.

The show kicked off with Pittsburgh native Lola LeCroix lip syncing and dancing to “Domino” by Jessie J. Dressed in a silver jumpsuit and a curly blonde wig, she gave the performance her all and exclaimed afterwards, “Oh bitch, enjoy your twenties while you can.”

Anna Steezia was the next performer and danced to “Sorry Not Sorry” by Demi Lovato. 

LeCroix selected an attendee from the crowd to affectionately pick on, nicknaming him “Mike Hunt.” As she sat on his lap and playfully antagonized him, Sasha Nolan prepared to make her way to the Pogue MPR catwalk. “Hunt” took the attention like a champion.

Sasha Nolan was the next queen onstage and she really knew how to work a crowd. She flipped off her long blonde wig to reveal an even longer black wig, which miraculously stayed on her head as she violently whipped it around. The crowd’s collective wig was snatched by Nolan when she dropped into a split during her number like it was the most casual and natural thing she had ever done. 

LeCroix kept up the banter by asking where all of the gays, lesbians, bisexuals and trans folk were at in the room and shouted them out.

Although Nolan’s wig flip and split was a hard performance to follow, Lady Rose Amore kept up the energy. Her number began with “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” by Whitney Houston, until she faked a fall and the record scratch sample in the song switched the music to “Fallin’” by Alicia Keys. When Amore finally picked herself back up, it was to “The Climb” by Miley Cyrus, and then the song exploded into a high-impact club-bop in which the queen twirled and even cartwheeled. 

LeCroix continued her antics in the crowd by wandering over to another audience member and sitting on his lap. She teased him for a little bit longer until Blade Matthews was ready for her number. 

“Please welcome my sister and yours- Blade Mathews!” boomed LeCroix before adding with an eye roll, “I have to say that every time.” 

Blade Matthews was the last queen to perform before the second round, dancing and strutting her stuff to “Woman” by Kesha. 

While the queens got changed and prepared for the next set of performances, there was an amateur drag show which featured two students from Edinboro: Lola Love and Theia Doya. 

As they did their walks around the runway in the middle of the room, the audience was asked to cheer for whoever they wanted to win. It was a close contest, but Love took first and won a $15 Subway gift card. Doya took second and a $10 Burger King gift card. 

The second half of the show did not go as planned due to technical difficulties with the audio. Instead of each queen doing their individual numbers, they did one last group lip sync and cut the show short. 

Despite this, the queens consistently had the crowd in a frenzy throughout the show and Edinboro was most definitely welcomed to the “drag jungle.”

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