By Teresa Ugarte

Student Entertainment Events’ second annual drag show kicked off April 11 with a lip-sync performance by Miss Toto to Ariana Grande’s “Into You.”

Miss Toto, a drag queen and graduate of UMD, was one of four performers who lit up the Stamp Student Union’s Colony Ballroom that Thursday. Other performers included drag queen Aunty Chan, drag king Maxxx Pleasure, and the headliner queen Miz Cracker.

Drag, while an important part of LGBT culture for some time, has only recently begun to reach mainstream culture. This is in large part due to shows like “RuPaul’s Drag Race” that over the past decade have brought the medium to prominence. “Drag Race” is structured as a competition similar to “Project Runway,” where a number of drag queens compete in challenges, lip-sync battles and runway looks in order to fight for the title of America’s next drag superstar and win $100,000.

Miz Cracker herself was a competitor on “RuPaul’s Drag Race” season 10, which aired in mid 2018. She became a fan favorite, garnering over 900,000 instagram followers.

The queens and king gave the audience a fully immersive experience in addition to their lip-sync sets, doing some light stand-up comedy, calling audience members to the stage to poke fun at their love lives and even draping themselves across the laps of those in the first row. Miss Toto acted as the host of the show, and when she revealed she was a former Terp, the audience went wild.

“I was so wowed by the talent present on that stage, it was such a great experience,” sophomore music education major Seth McKenzie said. This was McKenzie’s first drag show, and he also was able to attend the meet and greet after the show.

Miss Toto also treated the audience, most of whom cheered when asked if this was their first drag show, to a lesson about drag etiquette. Drag is not consent, tipping (or cheering), is greatly appreciated, and it’s rude to look at your phone when the performer is doing their set.

At the end of the show, the king and queens walked the runway, and Miss Toto told the cheering crowd that they were the best college audience they had had so far.

This event is one of several Pride events this month hosted by Multicultural Involvement & Community Advocacy, a unit within the Division of Student Affairs that strives to “empower students through education on issues of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion and their intersections.”

Featured Photo Credit: Miz Cracker performs at SEE’s second annual drag show (Teresa Ugarte/Bloc Reporter).

Teresa Ugarte is a freshman journalism and English major and can be reached at teugarte@terpmail.umd.edu.

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