Originally published in The Patriot-News on Nov. 8, 2012.
Mitchell L. Ernst of Lebanon is a performer at heart.
He’s a professional actor — but the character he is best known for lives off the theater stage.
Her name is Jade DeVere and she is fierce, fabulous and oh-so feminine.
Ernst is a drag queen and one of the subjects of the documentary “ScottChurch’s Drag” premiering Friday for a one-time showing at the Allen Theatre in Annville.
The film began as a series of humorous pieces of art for famed erotic photographer Scott Church, who invited filmmaker Michael Donati of Palmyra to tag along on the endeavor. His goal was to showcase drag queens in ordinary places — bowling alleys, grocery stores, gas stations.
The first subject was a straight man who was married with children and did drag as a hobby.
“We had this guy in full drag at a gas station filling up a motorbike,” Donati said. “Scott and I were like, this is great. [The film will] be fun; it’ll be silly.”
The next interview changed all that.