A drag? Yes and no

Around 8:15 p.m. an announcer proclaimed, “Should a cell phone go off, the performers will be coming into the audience to shove it up your ass.” Around 250 people crowded the rows closest to the stage, many wearing blue t-shirts that read “Gay? Fine by me.” In celebration of National Coming Out Week, The Kinsey Sicks, “America’s Favorite Dragapella Beautyshop Quartet,” performed on Tuesday, Oct. 10. The show took place at Ira Allen Chapel, and was free to all. But despite the spectacle’s theme, only one drag queen was present in the crowd. The Kinsey Sicks consists of four drag queens/actors/comedians who have been performing a cappella-based satirical pieces for over a decade. The Sicks have toured the nation, hitting up such venues as the Las Vegas Hilton, Studio 54 and Caroline’s Comedy Club on Broadway in New York. Their most recent off-Broadway hit, “Dragapella,” performed here, consists of skits with outlandish titles like “Condoleezzapalooza.” “Dragapella” was nominated for a Lucille Lortel Award (the equivalent to an off-Broadway Tony) as Best Musical of 2001. The first song was performed to the tune of “Hallelujah,” and the actors claimed they were simply “chicks with sticks.” Moments later, Rachel, one of the queens, picked a first-year student out of the crowd, sat him down on a chair on the stage, straddled him and said, “My name’s Rachel, but you can call me Daddy.” Throughout the rest of the performance, the Sicks sang “Proud Mary’s,” “Everybody Loves a Drag Queen,” “Be a Slut,” “Rent a Homo” and “Locked out of the Chapel of Love,” – all with hilarious, original lyrics to the tune of popular songs. The last song, “Sexy Underwear,” became a sing-along in which nearly the entirety of the audience took part. The music in itself is something worth admiring. All of the queens had excellent on-pitch voices and the amalgamation of their voices a cappella was entrancing. Stabs were taken at modern politicians which were widely accepted, as noted by the rolling laughter throughout the crowd. Referring to the skit’s inspiration, Trampelina informed the others that “Condoleezza” would be paying for their expenses. “She’s paying for it through the Social Security trust fund – oh, wait. The check bounced,” she jested. The queen donning green, Winnie, later referred to Richard Tarrant as her girlfriend “Richie,” who is “still pre-op,” waiting to become a full male. And while reminiscing on her days in the White House, Rachel joked, “I really miss being strip-searched by Dick Cheney, at my un-disclosed locations.” Trixie, the queen with perhaps the most astounding voice, commented on her inability to sleep while on tour: “At night I try counting sheep, but Rachel hears me and ends up getting aroused.” A sly ploy dampened the mood a little when the queens hinted at the audience to purchase merchandise in order to help the touring quartet, as the queens repeatedly talked of their debt, overdrawn bank accounts, expenses on the road and the fact that they had never ridden first class. “Wait, I didn’t know Greyhound had first class,” Trampelina said. The end of the performance was punctuated with audience participation in “Everybody Loves a Drag Queen.” First-year student Jess McCoy was led onstage by Rachel, dressed up in a large metallic drag costume and headdress, and made to join the queens’ kick line. “It was a lot of fun. I was kind of embarrassed at first, but then I started dancing along,” McCoy said. “Dragapella” was an all-around entertaining performance, this one being the group’s fourth at the University. “Thanks to UVM for repeatedly having bad taste in entertainment,” Trampelina said, as the show neared its end.