Sissy and Sassy set to perform second drag show

Matthew Peelen

The M-Shop’s stained glass windows have been the backdrop to many musically and comedically talented artists.

Friday night it will be the setting for an entirely different strain of art.

ISU student Jeremy Hayes and former ISU student Bryan Allen will transcend musical and gender barriers when they perform their second Sissy and Sassy Drag Show.

Last year’s cabaret showcased the performers’ ability to mesmerize the crowd with their flashy outfits, sexy moves and even a few kisses and lap dances.

Like all good drag shows, Sissy and Sassy pay tribute to various divas. Last year’s line-up of material included songs by Bette Midler, Tina Turner and Britney Spears.

This year the artists promise a new look for Sissy and Sassy.

“We have a bunch of new songs and other cool stuff planned,” says Hayes, show coordinator and Sassy.

“Bryan [Sissy] has been working on this show since this summer, and the rest of us started practicing at the beginning of the school year,” Hayes says.

The Sissy and Sassy experience comes complete with back-up dancers and many outfit changes.

Although it’s a good bet this year’s apparel will once again include the sequins that were the highlight of last year, Hayes is being secretive about how his taste in apparel has developed this season.

“I can’t give away my secrets,” says Hayes. “I started shopping this morning, and we’re just looking everywhere. I estimated a $100 budget, but I may have to be flexible with myself.”

Although this is the second year of the LGBTAA-sponsored drag show, Eric Yarwood, M-Shop coordinator, says the ISU community and the M-Shop have seen their share of drag shows since 1997.

“The first show was majorly controversial,” Yarwood says. “But it was also packed to the gills. We ended up doing the `Spawn of a Drag Ball’ for six years in a row.”

Friday night’s show, “The Bitches are Back,” is sponsored by LGBTAA as part of the National Coming Out Days events.

However, Yarwood says the audience at past drag shows has always been a good cross-section of students.

“A lot of people think that drag is a big part of the gay culture and it’s not, it is just a small part,” says Yarwood. “But it’s great that people can see this, because not only is it a lot of fun, but it’s also an opportunity for people to see something that just isn’t seen around here the way it should be.”