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La Cage aux Folles

About 60 student actors and crew members learned the inner workings of musical theatre by staging the lavish production "La Cage aux Folles" in March. The actors received additional training in a day-long "drag camp" where they learned how to strut in heels, rock a feather boa and apply makeup. Photo by Rachel Bayne

About 60 student actors and crew members learned the inner workings of musical theatre by staging the lavish production "La Cage aux Folles" in March. The actors received additional training in a day-long "drag camp" where they learned how to strut in heels, rock a feather boa and apply makeup. Photo by Rachel Bayne

About 60 student actors and crew members learned the inner workings of musical theatre by staging the lavish production "La Cage aux Folles" in March. The actors received additional training in a day-long "drag camp" where they learned how to strut in heels, rock a feather boa and apply makeup. Photo by Rachel Bayne

Theater arts major Austin Riel, 22, prepares his makeup backstage before performing as Phaedre in the musical "La Cage aux Folles" presented by the Western Washington University's Department of Theatre Arts in March 2009. Photo by Rachel Bayne

About 60 student actors and crew members learned the inner workings of musical theatre by staging the lavish production "La Cage aux Folles" in March. The actors received additional training in a day-long "drag camp" where they learned how to strut in heels, rock a feather boa and apply makeup. Photo by Rachel Bayne

Theater arts major Austin Riel, 22, grabs his silver heels from the mens dressing room before performing as Phaedre in the musical "La Cage aux Folles" presented by the Western Washington University's Department of Theatre Arts in March 2009. Photo by Rachel Bayne

About 60 student actors and crew members learned the inner workings of musical theatre by staging the lavish production "La Cage aux Folles" in March. The actors received additional training in a day-long "drag camp" where they learned how to strut in heels, rock a feather boa and apply makeup. Photo by Rachel Bayne

Theater arts major Rainer Golden, 20, checks his dress backstage before performing as Nicole in the musical "La Cage aux Folles" presented by the Western Washington University's Department of Theatre Arts in March 2009. Photo by Rachel Bayne

About 60 student actors and crew members learned the inner workings of musical theatre by staging the lavish production "La Cage aux Folles" in March. The actors received additional training in a day-long "drag camp" where they learned how to strut in heels, rock a feather boa and apply makeup. Photo by Rachel Bayne

About 60 student actors and crew members learned the inner workings of musical theatre by staging the lavish production "La Cage aux Folles" in March. The actors received additional training in a day-long "drag camp" where they learned how to strut in heels, rock a feather boa and apply makeup. Photo by Rachel Bayne

Truong Nguyen, playing Odette, straps on his high heels just before curtain call for the musical "La Cage aux Folles" presented by the Western Washington University's Department of Theatre Arts in March 2009. Melissa Schenter, left, and Austin Riel check their wigs before heading to the stage. Photo by Rachel Bayne

Les Cagelles, from left, Tristan Carruthers, Perry Lewis, Truong Nguyen, Melissa Schenter, Sam Kellett, and Evan Crane, perform a Sunday matinee of the musical "La Cage aux Folles" presented by the Western Washington University's Department of Theatre Arts in March 2009. Photo by Rachel Bayne

About 60 student actors and crew members learned the inner workings of musical theatre by staging the lavish production "La Cage aux Folles" in March. The actors received additional training in a day-long "drag camp" where they learned how to strut in heels, rock a feather boa and apply makeup. Photo by Rachel Bayne

About 60 student actors and crew members learned the inner workings of musical theatre by staging the lavish production "La Cage aux Folles" in March. The actors received additional training in a day-long "drag camp" where they learned how to strut in heels, rock a feather boa and apply makeup. Photo by Rachel Bayne