Several drag queens and a drag king will be stars at the 16th annual K-State Drag Show Friday night at McCain Auditorium.
Monica Moree (the stage name of K-State alum Dusty Garner-Carpenter) will emcee the show, titled “Burlesque,” and guest performers include Victoria Fox, Lil KimChi, Valaree Love, Penny Tration, Alexander Cameron and Ginger LeSnapps. The show is sponsored by the Union Program Council, LGBT Resource Center and Sexuality and Gender Alliance.
“It’s an educational opportunity,” said Brandon Haddock, coordinator of the LGBT Resource Center. “Most students have never experienced a drag show or maybe never will, and there is a major educational component that Monica and the cast try to bring to the stage and in their between-number discussions on the stage. It’s entertainment and fantasy and a couple of hours to get away from the day-to-day and have some fun.”
Limited tickets remain to the 7 p.m. show, and non-student tickets are $8 plus fees and taxes. Shows in the last few years have filled the auditorium, growing significantly since the show first started and struggled to fill a 300-seat theater.
But Haddock said the show organizers don’t pay too close attention to attendance.
“We try not to set expectations for attendance,” Haddock said. “Our performers put their hearts into this show, and if we reach 10 people or 2,000, we know that we brought a bit more light into the world.”