Spring drag show showcases new talent

Cadavernia Von Corpse performs “Heads Will Roll” during the Spring Drag Show put on by the Iowa State Pride Alliance in the Great Hall of the Memorial Union March 10.

Logan Metzger

Music and glitter filled the Great Hall of the Memorial Union Sunday night when drag queens and a drag king took the stage hosted by the Pride Alliance.

The drag show was hosted by The Governess herself, Mara Spooner, a local of Ames.

“Even if it’s not your thing, it is important to support those who are in this vulnerable position,” Spooner said when explaining why the audience should scream support.

Each queen and king performed their own routine of dancing and lip syncing:

Morah Reign

The show started off with Morah Reign performing “Run the World (Girls)” by Beyoncé. Reign lost her wig but kept the show going earning her more applause.

After Reign’s performance, Spooner came on stage and proceeded to pull a dollar from her bra before handing it to Roslyn Gray, president of Pride Alliance, who was picking up the money.

“The left tit dollar is the one on top,” Spooner said handing the dollar to Gray.

In her second performance, Morah Reign owned the stage in a red latex bodysuit with black heels dancing to the song “Look But Don’t Touch” by Empire Cast.

Masquera Noir

Masquera Noir, a debuting drag queen, did something no other performer Sunday night did. She didn’t lip sync, but actually sang the song “If I Ain’t Got You” by Alicia Keys which brought many tips to the stage.

Masquera Noir went on for another performance where she sang “Break Up with your Girlfriend, I’m Bored” by Ariana Grande in a black dress and whipped off her wig halfway through to reveal her natural black hair.

Macie Maize and Mia Maize

Macie Maize and Mia Maize two longtime friends, did a duet performance of “Telephone” by Lady Gaga ft. Beyoncé dressed as Lady Gaga and Beyoncé.

Macie Maize stunned the audience during her other performance by doing a death drop to the song “Tornado” and leaving the stage by giving the audience a kiss.

Mia Maize, a debuting drag queen, did a leaping jump down the runway in pink block heels while performing to “Disco Tits” by Tove Lo and kept on performing even when her heels came off.

Gay Cole

Starting on a blacked-out stage, Gay Cole, the only drag king Sunday night and also a debuting drag, stole the audience’s hearts while performing to the song “B.E.D” by Jacquees.

Ilana Logan

Ilana Logan, a queen who performed during 2018’s Ames Pridefest, came on stage in a red pencil skirt and performed “Hair, Body, Face” by Lady Gaga and even lost her wig but owned the moment and kept going.

During her second performance, Ilana Logan lip synced “Bad Idea” by Ariana Grande while starting out in a oversized sweater and thigh-high silver sparkly heels before ripping off the sweater to reveal a bedazzled black bodysuit, she also lost her wig during this performance.

Jackie Goffman

Jackie Goffman amazed the audience by stripping down to her bra and a sparkly purple skirt while performing “I Kissed a Girl” by Katy Perry, she even brought Ilana Logan on stage for a kiss.

During her second performance, Jackie Goffman also stripped again but this time it was from a trench coat to tight black pants and a shimmery tassel top while lip syncing “Born this Way” by Lady Gaga. She ended her performance by doing the splits.

Nico Tein

Nico Tein, another debuting drag queen, took a different path than most of the other queens by coming onto the stage in goth look with a dark blue sweater dress and long black hair while performing “Bury a Friend” by Billie Eilish. She also wowed the audience with a death drop.

Cadaverina Von Corpse

Cadaverina Von Corpse started her performance in the crowd by running around dressed as the white rabbit from Alice in Wonderland before coming onto the stage to perform “Heads Will Roll” by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

Under purple spotlights, Cadaverina Von Corpse performed “Miracles” by CHVRCHES while ribbon twirling in a large purple wig.

Sage Sanchez

Sage Sanchez, Mr. Gay Oklahoma USofA at Large 2018, performed in a handmade purple outfit to a mix of songs by Todrick Hall with lots of cartwheels, high kicks, and a death drop included.

“Mr. Oklahoma USofA At Large is an open state preliminary to the national Mr. Gay USofA At Large contest. Contestants must be 200 lb.+ and 21+,” according to the Mr. Gay Oklahoma USofA at Large facebook page.

For his second performance, Sage Sanchez performed in another handmade outfit, this time blue and black, and ended it with a cartwheel.

The Iowa State DubH group “InnovAtion” also took the stage right before intermission with a performance that was just as upbeat as the rest of the show even if it was lacking in the glitter department.

All proceeds, including tips, from the drag show go toward funding Pride Alliance to attend MBLGTACC, which is the largest LGBTQIA+ Midwest college conference.

“The show went excellent, we had so many great performers,” Gray said. “That drag king was amazing.

Spooner said that this kind of show is important for individuals who want to do drag but don’t have the support of drag clubs or drag moms to help coach them.