Written by Vixen Lazorra Thursday, 01 October 2009 00:00
This past July, three very recognizable and loved people in our community celebrated 10 years of entertainment. For Marytrini, Sophia Divine and Teresita La Caliente, this accomplishment was as special as the moment when they began. Since then, they have brought love and humor to audiences at their principal venue, Azucar Night Club, as well as international audiences. Here is their history in their own words.
How did you all meet?
M: Teresita and I were friends in
S: I meet Teresita in Splash when we were introduced by Erika Norell’s mom.
How did it all begin and when did you decided to officially launch Marytrini y Las Divas del Jacuzzi?
M: We came together in October 1999. That was the boom.
T: Yes, Marytrini had arrived from
S: When people would ask us what we were dressed as, I would say that we were ladies from the Ponds Institute.
M: On the way to
T: We sang a children’s lullaby from
S: Then Marytrini would get up on the tables on
M: That night we went to all the places that had costume competitions. We started in
Tell us about your first show.
M: The first show was spontaneous, with a green lycra dress. It was my birthday, it was held at a clinic and we looked like three raccoons. We were so ugly when we started and yet we thought we were divas!
S: I think I used a dress from Ms. Pinal del
T: “I Just Wanna Be Happy” by Gloria Estefan was the first song.
S: I remember after that, we would spend Saturday and Sunday in Goodwill and at garage sales, looking for dresses for our inventory.
Were there any other members?
M: Yes, after about a year, a very special talent got involved, Charito. I caught her at Cactus performing Betty La Fea and I thought she would be a perfect compliment. But even then, we didn’t imagine the fountain to talent she had because we did not know that she came from a group called Frufru in
What are some unforgettable moments in the history of your shows?
M: Well, that’s very hard to say because we have done some pretty spectacular things with the goal of producing even better shows the following week. But for me, when it comes to characterizations, my favorite is Celia Cruz, who is my idol, and Laura en
S: I identify myself a lot with Boy George and Cindy Lauper, put the number that helped me recapture my roots is “Amigas.”
T: My favorite show to do is anything with Thalia and in comedy, the ballet of Alicia Alonso.
Marytrini y Las Divas del Jacuzzi has helped launch the careers of many artists. How does this make you feel and is there someone who stands out from that group?
M: With time, I feel personal satisfaction in knowing that we have given opportunities to many, and that have been able to move forward with this legacy. They have grown and they have succeeded in the world of female impersonation. One of those whom we helped and carries the legacy well is Vegas Dion. We can also mention several other super talented female impersonators that started in Azucar such as Victoria Grantty and Amanda West.
Did you expect to reach your 10th anniversary?
S: Honestly, no. But as time went by, I feel very proud to be part of Marytrini’s vision.
M: I did because I always knew what I wanted and what we were capable of. We have broken many schemas. We’ve had difficult times like everyone else. We’ve also had personal disagreements, but we have been able to move past that because our primary responsibility is to our public.
T: I also believed because every day we get to realize our dreams.
Looking forward, what can we expect from Marytrini y Las Divas del Jacuzzi?
S: That anything is possible. Experience has already taught me that. The sky is the limit.
T: To keep growing and helping the straight community understand our art and the art of female impersonation.
M: Something that began as a game became a social phenomenon. We have managed to reach radio, press and television because everything we have produced comes from the heart. That is why, for the future, the most important thing is to keep conquering the hearts of the public.