By Donald E. Stroud
Lander Spectrum is Lander’s Gay/Straight Alliance on campus. The organization has been around for over a decade now. Currently under the advisement of Dr. Daniel Harrison and Professor Linda Carson, the group is planning to host Lander’s first-ever Benefit Drag Show.
The show is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, March 28th at 7:30PM in the Cultural Center Auditorium. The show will feature local Greenwood queens, queens from Columbia, South Carolina, and Miss Augusta Pride 2017 from Augusta, Georgia.
Admission is $1 or 1 canned good for students, $2 or 2 canned goods for faculty/staff, and $5 for the general public. Seventy five percent of monetary proceeds will be donated to Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation, with the remaining 25 percent being reinvested into Lander Spectrum to help ensure that the show will become a new tradition for Bearcat Country.
Drag is a form of art and expression in which males typically dress-up and put on make-up to perform in various ways such as lip-syncing for an audience. Lander’s show will primarily be lip-syncing with a few live singing performances from some of the entertainers. Each of the queens performing has their own unique style that the crowd is sure to enjoy!
Heading the planning and execution of the show are Senior Sociology major and President of Lander Spectrum, DJ Stroud and Sophomore English Major and Vice President of Lander Spectrum, Emilee Fuller. Stroud stated, “The show has been a vision that Spectrum has had for years but the funds just weren’t readily available to execute the show. Thanks to our vamped-up fundraising efforts and the generous volunteering of time and talent from our lovely queens and all others involved, the vision is finally becoming a reality.” Fuller commented, “My favorite part of a drag show is watching so many people come together from all different walks of life to enjoy a show put on by good, talented people.”