A Snow Show For LaBelle?
One Richmond drag icon has been working to get her moment in the spotlight. With Patti LaBelle scheduled to perform at CenterStage’s 2nd Anniversary Gala, female illusionist Victoria C. Snow has taken to Facebook to campaign to open for the musical legend.
This Facebook invitation has over 100 fans “attending” a not yet scheduled opening performance for LaBelle. The event page has encouraged Snow’s fans to take to LaBelle’s personal page as well as contact CenterStage to make the request.
According to Snow, who has been impersonating LaBelle for 24 years, she met the singer through her stylist friend.
“As a female impersonator myself, she’s always been a model and icon. I’ve seen her career grow and all those obstacles she’s had to overcome. It’s inspiring,” she said.
When Snow impersonated the icon in 1994 during a national pageant, she won the talent competition. She’s seen the performer over 20 times.
“People told me I always looked like her when I was in drag,” she said. “She’s one of the professionals that I have really studied. I personally think that I have perfected her style.”
One friend of Snow’s posted this video on LaBelle’s Facebook page.
Snow is a founder of the Richmond Academy of Performing Arts – an organization that offers scholarships and helps newcomers with the art of female illusion.
Longtime friend Marc Bauer has been helping with the campaign and says they’ve received attention and support from Snow’s network of friends.
“If they can put Betty White on SNL, why can’t I put Victoria at CenterStage opening for Patti LaBelle?” Bauer said. “I don’t take very well to ‘no’ as an answer.”
Bauer said he received an e-mail response from Richard Parison, executive director of CenterStage, politely declining the offer.
“We have fielded some inquiries from friends of Victoria Snow’s regarding an opening act at our birthday gala,” Parison told GayRVA.com. ”We responded that Ms. LaBelle is our signature performer and as our gala benefit, there is no opportunity for an opening act that evening.
“We wish her the best and think that what she does has great value in Richmond, but there will be no opportunity for an opening act at this event.”
Even if the answer is a polite “no,” Snow still plans to attend the event on September 10. She has her tickets in hand and will come prepared – just in case the singer welcomes her to the stage.
“This is a serious thing that I’m trying to do – I’m not trying to just meet her. This is a dream of mine that I’ve been trying to make come true,” Snow said. ”She’s one of my idols. I’ll never let her get this close to me and not go.”
Photo courtesy of Victoria C. Snow (right).
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