After four months of confinement, the queens are finally back at Cabaret Mado. The famous bar of the drag in the heart of the gay Village is back with a new offer that meets the standards of social distancing.
The song I’m Coming Out by Diana Ross was playing triumphantly in the dressing room of the cabaret during the passage of the 24-Hour Friday, a few hours before the first performance. Tracy Trash – aka Marc-André Leclair – put your hands on a pair of high heels to complete the outfit in which she would grant the interview.
“My God it’s been a long time that I had put heels on!”, she exclaimed a little later before turning on the spotlight of the console.
The Cabaret Mado was supposed to receive on Friday evening its first spectators from the containment. However, the tickets must have been purchased in advance online, people without tickets waiting at the door are not eligible as spaces are vacated during the show.
The establishment had of course to follow the same rules as the other halls. “It is made to 50 persons per show, this is not a lot of people, but it’s going to be like in the movies”, has launched the drag queen during the interview.
The tickets provide access to up to two shows per evening. Spectators must remain in their seat. A system of colored wristbands was put in place to ensure a rotation.
“You look at the show and you leave after. This is no longer necessarily a club because we do not have the right to dance,” said Tracy Trash, that expectation that the public is waiting for you. “Quebecers, it supports our artists. It’s the same thing with the drag queens.”
At the bar, it was intended that the employees of the cabaret out of the scene wear visors, and that all surfaces should be frequently disinfected throughout the evening.
A new programming
In addition to broadcast the television series Canada’s Drag Race every other Thursday, the Cabaret Mado offers from now on two shows from 21h on Fridays and Saturdays, in addition to a Late Night Show from midnight.
The performance will be still as amazing and fabulous, promises Tracy Trash… but it is not a question of having numbers on the coronavirus.
“OK, maybe one or two, but no more! It is there to entertain people and make them forget the COVID. The show must go on!”, she concluded.
For more information on shows and to book tickets, you can visit the web site https://www.mado.qc.ca/