Erin will be at the 12 Drags of Christmas on Dec 1
12 Drags of Christmas
A-listers like Reba McEntire, Mary J. Blige and Pink will take the stage at Fifth Avenue on Saturday — if you’re willing to suspend disbelief just a little.
The second annual 12 Drags of Christmas, a charity drag show created by actress Erin Cummings (who appeared in the short-lived “Detroit 1-8-7”), also will feature entertainers portraying everyone from Cher, Tina Turner and Prince to Donna Summer and Lady Gaga.
Proceeds will benefit Mittens for Detroit, a 2-year-old nonprofit founded by Cummings that collects and distributes new gloves and mittens to those in need in metro Detroit. The Ruth Ellis Center, an organization that receives gloves from Cummings’ charity, also will benefit.
The center received about $7,000 during last year’s inaugural event. “It really helps support the operations of the Ruth Ellis Center, which provides support for homeless LGBT youth,” says the center’s Peter Van Dyke.
Last year, Cummings collaborated with Gary Baglio, owner of Royal Oak shop Five15, to transform his establishment’s always-entertaining Drag Queen Bingo event into a holiday drag extravaganza. “Gary is really creative and really knows how to put on a show,” says Cummings, who performed as Cher at last year’s show.
Though there’s no specific money goal this year, Cummings and Van Dyke hope to collect more than last year and continue to see the 12 Drags of Christmas grow.
Doors at 7 p.m. Saturday, show at 8 p.m., Fifth Avenue, 215 W. Fifth, Royal Oak, 248-629-9423. $25-$50, $100 VIP at Five15 or http://12drags.com.