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Drag Show at Georgia Southern

The Multicultural Student Center and the Gay Straight Alliance hosted a Drag Show at Georgia Southern University.  The show was hosted by Assistant Director of the Multicultural Student Center Christopher Pugh.  The show was full of extravagant costumes and performances of song monologues by many performers and included a question and answer session after the performances.

The Drag Show was held at the Russell Union Ballroom where it had approximately 630 attendants with many students getting turned away from the overwhelming outcome.  The host, Christopher Pugh, started off welcoming the crowd for a good show and welcoming energy for the performers which at different times the performers insisted on the crowd having in order for them to grace the stage.

The performers performed to different songs from “Bleeding Love” by Leona Lewis to “See You Again” by Miley Cyrus.  The performers came out at times wearing elaborate and risqué costumes and headpieces.  One of the performers was Venus who had been performing in drag for 15 years.  One of her titles is Miss Gay South Carolina Pride.  Pandora was another performer who has been known to work with stars like RuPaul.

“Drag is more than looking like a woman,” said Pandora. “ Drag is becoming that super fabulous being inside you whose knowledge of makeup, entertainment, fashion, and music is simply too overwhelming for the general population; therefore, put a wig on and let them have it!”

Vixen was also a performer who hosted the audience performance portion of the show and was once a student at Georgia Southern University.  Vixen asked for audience members to come up and do their best rendition of what the performers had been doing all night.  Destiny Thomas was one of the volunteers who came up on stage.

“It was interesting coming on stage and trying to do what the performers do.  I was nervous but it was a really fun experience that I won’t ever forget,” said Thomas.

The performers danced all over the stage at times walking off the stage, dancing in front of audience members, and even posing for the cameras.  They did the catwalk in high heels, wearing long ponytails, and full make up.

“I have never been to an event like this at Georgia Southern.  The performers are so active and they seem to have no inhibitions at all.  I am really surprised by the turn out and by how good the performers are at what they are doing,” said Tesia Reed, an audience member.

After the performers finished performing many students stayed back for the question and answer portion of the show.  The performers answered many questions for students who lined up behind the microphone waiting to speak.

“I really was excited to see the students have a great time.  Georgia Southern benefited from being exposed to different cultures and backgrounds.  I have respect for the program,” said Pugh.

I really liked the show it was the third time that I have been to a drag show but the first time that I have attended a show at Georgia Southern.  The show was very entertaining!

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6 Responses to “Drag Show at Georgia Southern”

  1. I went to the Drag Show this year, and thought it was amazing. I had always heard about them, and I have friends that have gone before and always talked about how much fun they were so I figured I had to catch one. It was so much fun and interesting, I actually was mad they were so much better with their make up than me. It kind of made me want to go to another one, to see what all is out there. I think it is always important to experience new things and different cultures.

  2. I really wanted to go, but there was another event I had to go to for a news story, for my News Report Writing class. I didn’t realize how popular this event was! You say 600+ people? That’s great! It’s nice seeing so much support for not only for school events in general, but (more obviously) for our gay/lesbian/bi/trans-gender community. Hopefully I can make this event next time around!

  3. I am upset that I missed the show! I heard a lot of talk about it before the date of the show and I was really excited to go. I can’t remember why I couldn’t make it but there was something that I had prior planned. I heard that it was a great turn out and a high-energy crowd. I also read about the shows success in the George Anne. However, I was not aware that there were 600 people in the building. I think that is amazing.
    I think that it was good for Georgia Southern to host an event like this because it shows how much we have evolved in accepting the gay community. I can imagine that this program made people feel comfortable in their own skin and may have even given people the courage to express themselves further.
    I was invited to a Drag Show in the Florida Keys a few months ago but we could not go because not everyone in our group was 21 and it was held at a club. I will make it to one of these shows eventually. I watch the RuPaul’s Drag Race show that comes on TV and I am fascinated by all of the time and effort that goes into the transformation. You can’t even tell that they are men because of all of the extravagant hair and costumes. I am also in awe of how well they do their make up! I am a girl and I am not that talented!

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  5. I am also upset that I missed this show, it sounds like it was a lot of fun, and not to mention a hit with many of the students on campus. It’s great that Georgia Southern is appealing to all groups and students on campus. I feel like there is always something to do and that programs like Eagle Entertainment cater to everyone! Jabbawockeez were here not too long ago, and now we get the oh so awesome Tim McGraw this coming Friday, I feel like Southern does an awesome job keeping us entertained. I hope that next year I will be able to attend this drag show, seeing as I have never been to one before! I think it would be exciting!

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