It’s not too often that men are offered the chance to compete in pageants. “Mr. UAA” is just that opportunity.
Sigma Sigma Sigma, or Tri Sigma, is one of the sororities on campus. For the past nine years, they have put on “Mr. UAA” as a fundraiser for their local philanthropy, Broken Sparrow Children’s Home. All the ticketing proceeds, as well as donations from the event, are going back to support Broken Sparrow at their mission to provide short-term care to children’s and infants’ needs. Specifically, this year’s proceeds will go to help expand the children’s jungle gym and add a wheelchair-accessible portion to it.
“Mr. UAA” is a male-only, judged pageant. The male UAA students are judged off of three categories: first impression, talent and personality with a bonus people’s choice category.
The first impression round allows the participants to give the audience a little bit of info about themselves and get judged on stage-presence. The talent portion is after, and Brooke Badura, chairman of “Mr. UAA” and Tri Sigma risk management chair, said there have been past years where the talents have included wood chopping, rapping, singing and stand-up comedy among other things. Finally, their personalities will be judged as they answer a personal or opinion question. There’s even a chance for the audience to vote on whom they like best with the People’s Choice award, where the winner of that category will automatically win a prize.
“We take this event very serious, and I want to feature each contestant accordingly,” Badura wrote in an email.
The deadline for the male participants has already closed, but those who wish to attend and watch have time to buy tickets before the event or at the door. Tickets are $10 and can be bought at https://goo.gl/forms/xWfcZo2bIFMf0f5A3.
The theme for the night is old Hollywood. The audience is encouraged to dress up for a red-carpet-like night along with the contestants.
“We really like the theme that goes around it: it’s upbeat, it’s uplifting. People can do really whatever they want because it’s very well-rounded and really fun to dress up like their Hollywood lookalike if they have one,” Naomi Flewwellin, co-chair of “Mr. UAA,” said.
“The money goes to charity, you get to dress to the nines and show off your skills,” Skylar McElwee said. “The biggest fear I hear people say is that they don’t have a talent, but the guy who won the talent portion last year had no plan going in and made up a comical magician act on the spot.”
McElwee, a senior theatre student, won the past two “Mr. UAA” pageants with talents of singing and playing Ed Sheeran’s “Photograph” one year and rapping Weird Al Yankovic’s “White and Nerdy” another.
“It’s really a lot of fun, and there are a lot of laughs,” Flewwellin said. “It’s just a fun way to spend a Saturday night.”
There are prizes for the contestants, as well as getting name-recognition and raising awareness about their own club or organization if they are a part of one. There are even door-prizes for audience members, too, along with some light refreshments and drinks.
The show will be held in Rasmuson Hall Room 101 on Saturday, Nov. 10 at 6:30 p.m.