ABBEVILLE — Even after having to find another venue, Friday’s benefit drag show hosted by Queens to the Rescue ended up drawing in an enthusiastic crowd.
The show was originally slated to be hosted at Howard’s on Main in Greenwood, but had to change venues earlier this month. The event, which raised money for the Humane Society of Greenwood and Abbeville County animal services, found its home at Natty’s on Trinity, which hosts a monthly drag show already.
“We’ve sold double the tickets we expected, and everybody at Natty’s has been so supportive and great,” said Michelle Shara, Queens to the Rescue founder and the event’s organizer. “All of these entertainers are doing this for free. They’re just doing this to raise money for animals.”
The show featured performances from hostess Onya Mann, as well as performances from Tricia Lust, Shania Satisfaction, Misster Cosplay, Vanity Von Dank and Vegas Von Dank. The show’s organizers, Queens to the Rescue, is a group dedicated to using drag performances to raise money for various animal rescue groups throughout the region.
“It was supposed to be just one show at first, but it just blew up,” Shara said. “I guess it just started because I really like drag. I wanted other people to experience how cool this is.”
The show melded comedy and dance, with the artists performing dance routines and lip-syncing to various songs. Each time one of the performers took to the stage, they had changed into another outfit ranging from elegant gowns to latex body suits and custom-made, colorful ensembles.
The crowd went wild for it, cheering and clapping along with the music and offering tips to the performers as they danced through the bar, mimicking singing their songs often with an over-the-top dramatic flair. All the while, host Onya Mann made it clear that all the fun that was had was in favor of raising money.
She ended the night with a call for unity — despite being booted from their original venue at Howard’s, she asked the attendees to go and eat there. There were no hard feelings about the change of venue, especially since the show completely sold out, Shara said.
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