Drag Off Blows the Roof Off

Both professionals and amateurs delight packed room

by Published: Apr 24, 2013

Bad Romance: Barbie Dior performs a routine as Lady Gaga for a crowded Dome Room during DSAGA’s Drag Off. Photo By: Tori Thomas | Photographer

Bad Romance: Barbie Dior per­forms a rou­tine as Lady Gaga for a crowded Dome Room dur­ing DSAGA’s Drag Off. Photo By: Tori Thomas | Photographer

With high hair and even higher heels, Diverse Sexuality and Gender Alliance’s (DSAGA) Drag Off blew the roof off the swel­ter­ingly hot Rankin Student Center Dome Room.

The annual event had pro­fes­sional drag per­form­ers per­form­ing with ama­teurs from on cam­pus, stu­dents brav­ing the nerves and the stage to com­pete for the titles Mr. and Ms. Hot Crimson.

The win­ner of Mr. Hot Crimson, Ferris fresh­man (major unde­cided) Dillon Marcus, com­mented on what it was like to get up on the stage.

“It was dif­fer­ent than per­form­ing an instru­ment because when you’re in a band, or even when you’re singing, not all the eyes are on you. But when you’re in drag, it’s com­pletely dif­fer­ent. It really is,” Marcus said.

The active, expres­sive crowd cheered on every per­former, with extra cheers ris­ing for the pre­cise pop­ping and lock­ing of Carlos Michaels and the Lady Gaga-soundtracked per­for­mances of Barbie Dior.

When asked what she enjoyed most, graphic media man­age­ment Ferris stu­dent Morgan Goddard said, “I thought it was really good…I would say the drag kings, they were fun.”

That sen­ti­ment was shared by many in atten­dance, made evi­dent by the vol­ume of cheers that went up.

Commenting on the event, Ferris sopho­more in jour­nal­ism Ben Rettinhouse said, “I’m really happy my fel­low stu­dents could get out like that and show what they had fun doing. I enjoyed the pro­fes­sion­als they brought in to MC. They were really funny and had good comic timing.”

The high point of the night came from one of those MCs, Diamond Denee, who came out in a glit­ter­ing rain­bow over­coat which, when shed, revealed a half black, half white dress dec­o­rated with equal signs and “NO H8.”

With Heather Small’s “Proud” blast­ing from the not ideal, yet effec­tive enough speaker sys­tem, the crowd exploded.

A ques­tion and answer seg­ment wound down the event, with the pro­fes­sional per­form­ers dol­ing out advice, infor­ma­tion and encour­age­ment; top­ics such as RuPaul and the main­stream­ing of drag, the per­form­ers’ craft and their moti­va­tions were delved into.

Besides offer­ing enter­tain­ment, the Drag Off also served as a char­i­ta­ble event. Exchanging a canned good for a bal­lot, atten­dees were able to vote for their choice of best ama­teur per­former. The event raised 169 items, which would be donated to the Manna Food Pantry.

 
 
  • Tracy

    Excellent! They never had cool stuff like this when I went to Ferris. I’m glad the times are changing.

  • Tracy

    Excellent! They never had cool stuff like this when I went to Ferris. I’m glad the times are changing.

  • Tracy

    Excellent! They never had cool stuff like this when I went to Ferris. I’m glad the times are changing.

  • Tracy

    Excellent! They never had cool stuff like this when I went to Ferris. I’m glad the times are changing.

  • Tracy

    Excellent! They never had cool stuff like this when I went to Ferris. I’m glad the times are changing.

  • Tracy

    Excellent! They never had cool stuff like this when I went to Ferris. I’m glad the times are changing.

  • Tracy

    Excellent! They never had cool stuff like this when I went to Ferris. I’m glad the times are changing.

  • Tracy

    Excellent! They never had cool stuff like this when I went to Ferris. I’m glad the times are changing.

  • Tracy

    Excellent! They never had cool stuff like this when I went to Ferris. I’m glad the times are changing.

  • Tracy

    Excellent! They never had cool stuff like this when I went to Ferris. I’m glad the times are changing.