Come on CSUSB, let’s get sickening!
The root of this statement can be traced back to Rupaul’s Drag Race. Drag Race is a popular reality television show on VH1 that showcases drag queens competing to become America’s next drag superstar.
On Saturday April 20th, the SMSU Queer and Trans Resource Center held their annual drag show on campus. This year the show was called “Live Work Drag” and held performances from queens of Rupaul’s Drag Race.
Some of the queens featured in this year’s annual drag show include Mariah Balenciaga, Delta Work and Sonique. Another queen by the name of Kickxy Vixen-Styles also performed alongside the Drag Race queens. However, Styles has not competed on Rupaul’s Drag Race before.
Mariah Balenciaga competed with Delta Work on season three of Rupaul’s Drag Race. Sonique competed on season two of Rupaul’s Drag Race. Unfortunately, none of the queens were able to win the crown on their competing seasons.
Although the Drag Race queens were the main show of the evening, there was also a pre-show which showcased the talents of local queens. The pre-show is primarily known as the opening act of the night.
The pre-show was hosted by local queen Melody Sings who is an entertainer and singer. Sings also performed during the pre-show by doing her own lip sync performances.
The drag show held raffles that gave away prizes ranging from Target gift cards to gas gift cards. Every drag show attendee was entered into the raffle. The grand prize was a pair of AirPods and was given to one lucky attendee.
“The prizes were a great addition to the show and it was really cool to have Melody Sings announce the raffle prize winners cause she’s so funny and that just made everyone have a great time,” local community member Rachel Cunninghams said.
The drag show was a free event and was open to CSUSB students and faculty. The show was also open to the public. Local community members ages 18 years and older were admitted into the show with valid identification.
“I love Rupaul’s Drag Race so I really enjoyed watching the queens perform. I’m so glad the drag show is open to the public cause I always come every year,” local community member Sarai Lopez said.
During the drag show, all queens did two separate performances for the night.
So what exactly is a drag show performance?
Drag queens do a lip sync performance to popular music. While lip syncing, queens may do stunts, reveals and dance. Some stunts include death dropping, jumping into the splits or high kicks. Reveals are when queens present one look and then reveal a second look underneath.
“Reveals are my favorite because it’s like a nice surprise when you think queens are going to perform in one look and then they turn around and reveal a completely different look that they hid underneath,” Jones said.
After the show concluded, the Drag Race queens met outside the SMSU Events Center to take pictures with drag show attendees.
“I was so excited to meet the queens after the show. They’re so nice and just gorgeous overall,” Lopez said.
The SMSU Queer and Trans Resource Center holds this drag show every year. Be on the lookout for what surprises may be in store for next year’s show.
“I will definitely be coming back to the drag show again next year because it’s so much fun and I just enjoy watching the queens live their best lives on stage,” Cunninghams said.