What “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” lacked was a runway and baskets for donations. What the Brower Student Center had was all of “Rocky Horror’s” flare and the chance to bask student drag talent in charity. That’s because on Thursday, April 25, the annual Drag Show, hosted by PRISM and the notorious Ms. Rosetta Stone, turned heels on the catwalk into support for LGBTQ support and awareness.
At first glance, a roaring drag show outside the College Bookstore may have been off-putting to potential buyers. Shopping to crossdress may not have been their first intention, but drag is all in the entertainment of the show. Where else will you see your boys strut in skin-tight dresses and your women swagger like men?
And where else will you see a well-dressed and permed drag queen arrive on a throne of four shirtless servants? This was the arrival of the evening’s host senior Taylor Enoch, better known by his drag name Ms. Rosetta Stone. In a black dress and a “pair of hard tits,” Enoch introduced the room to drag culture and the show to come with “Let’s Have a Kiki,” sashaying alongside Michael Giordano and Adam Fisher.
He also laid out the need for donations. While audience proceeds would dictate which act won by the end of the night, they would also be used to benefit the local Triad House. Seen as the big yellow house down Pennington Road, the Triad House houses homeless in the LGBTQ community and works to counteract neglect and abuse committed against those of different sexual orientations. It’s also the only organization of its kind in New Jersey.
In support of its mission, the Triad House drew cheers, cash and even flying cookies from the crowd.
Specifically, those cookies were thrown to David Sanchez’s voluptuous “Davida,” a cabaret lipsync of Queen Latifah that would go on to earn over $180 and first place bragging rights. The more he stripped — shedding a sparkling gold dress down to a thin, black gown — the more he raised.
But Davida’s fellow drag queens were just as successful at pleasing the crowd. Coming in second place with $88 raised, sophomore Jack Meyers’s “Sasha Stardust” shimmied his way to “Werqin Girl,” while freshman Jordan Stefanski’s persona “Taylor Hamm” towered over the crowd, near seven feet tall and $85 in his box.
Twelve musical acts comprised the show, ranging from spontaneous audience dancing to a rendition of the Lonely Island’s “Jizzed in my Pants.” Freshman Andrew Edelblum even received the greatest honor of the show: a surprise lap dance on stage from the “Express Girls,” Stefanski, sophomore Kari Gilbertson, and freshman Raya Brashear-Evans.
All the while, Ms. Rosetta Stone helped educate the crowd on drag culture and terminology, including equal parts information and good-natured sass.
“Drag isn’t just for men, it’s for everybody. Try it sometime!” Stone said. “Because just like Rupaul says, ‘If you don’t love yourself, how in the hell you gonna love somebody else?’”
And even through the off-and-on technical difficulties, PRISM’s drag queen team managed to collect $750 for the Triad House by the end of the night. It signified profound support from audience members toward both the performers and the cause at large.
“The Drag Show symbolizes the compassion in our community. The audience and performers were all diverse in sexual and gender identities, race and religion but they all came out for two things: to have a great time and to support a cause,” freshman English major Rachel Friedman said.