Drag Show

Greg Zwiers

Pride Week ended with the LGBTAA’s Drag Show on Friday, April 12, 2013.

The doors opened at 8 p.m., and the first performance was by drag queen Phoenix Alina.

Alina, who also hosted, said it was the night where a boy can become a girl and a girl can become a boy.

There were six drag queens and three kings who performed; some were ISU students, while some were professional performers.

The entrance fee was $5 for LGBTAA members and $8 for nonmembers, which will go to Youth and Shelter Services.

An extension was placed at the center of the stage in the great Hall of the Memorial Union, where the performers could walk toward the crowd and interact with people.

There was dancing and lip-syncing to pop songs from the ’90s to modern music.

“It was my first drag queen show I’ve ever been to, so I didn’t know what to expect, but it was definitely a shocker, risque comedic, a good night; it was fun,” said Dan Malloy, freshman in biology.

People in the crowd gave tips to every performer during every song, but the queens gained more tips than the kings.

Alina introduced every performance, appearing in a different outfit every time and telling jokes about the performers and the show.

“I’ve always wanted to host,” Alina said. “I’ve been doing shows for quite a few years, and to actually show a person more than just lip syncing and a personality, and show all the costumes, since I make all the costumes  that’s all from my clothing line, you know; I just showcased it — and have fun with it.”

Malloy attended the event with his friends and agreed that he would recommend it to other people. His favorite part was when one of the performers tried sliding down the railing. It did not go smoothly, and the performer fell.

The performer who fell got up right away and continued performing.

Songs included “So What” by Pink, “Oops!…I Did It Again” by Britney Spears and “Suit & Tie” by Justin Timberlake, as well as two songs from the musical “Burlesque.”

Alina said the show and the goal of unifying the community was a success.

“I personally think it’s like a way of unifying our community,” Alina said. “Drag is a big part of gay culture, especially nowadays; it’s way more acceptable, and there’s so many more art forms about it. It’s really unifying it and bringing a cool new spin to it in our youth and in our adulthood.”