Show full of glitz and glamour
That’s the only word Rei Reid could find to describe the cabaret variety show CU’s Gay-Straight Alliance put on. Reid was one of many flamboyant performers that took the stage Wednesday night.
The show was full of glitz and glamour. Acts ranged from lip-syncing to poetry to comedy.
No matter what acts the show consisted of, they all led to the big finish of “Lady Marmalade,” performed by The House of Monswou, a drag house in Denver. This group of professional performers includes The Countess Devinya, a GSA member.
Not all people in this cabaret-themed show were professionals, however.
Some of the most memorable acts, such as Jake Blecha, a junior Japanese major, managed to do a little of everything. He first took the stage in his shimmering pinstripe pants to perform the first of four poetic interludes of the evening.
Later, Blecha took the stage dancing to the song “This Piece of Poetry Is Meant to Do Harm” by The Ark from the “Shortbus” soundtrack.
CU’s GSA chairman and junior math and psychology major David Smith said the cabaret show provides a comfortable place for GSA members to express themselves.
“It’s a safe place for everyone to have fun and be themselves,” Smith said.
Smith got to have some fun of his own when he took the stage with Ben Whitehair, a senior political science major, to perform the “Saturday Night Live” skit “Dick in a Box.”
The GSA hopes to continue raising awareness with events like Wednesday’s variety show. Students like Nancy Wong Sick Hong, a freshman open-option major, are already fans.
“Last time it was really fun,” Wong Sick Hong said. “It seemed like a great way to celebrate singles awareness day,” she said of Valentine’s Day.
Some fans are so enchanted by the show, they end up partaking in the festivities later on. At least that was the case for Reid.
When asked what the best part about being involved with the event, Reid said, “Getting to be backstage, seeing everyone get ready and being a part of it.”
There was a great buzz in the auditorium through the whole event. It seemed like everyone had temporarily forgotten their worries for the evening.
After experiencing this diverse spectacle first hand, fabulous is the only word to properly describe this show and its performers.
Contact Campus Press Staff Writer Emilie Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org