The Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) at Fitchburg State University will present the highly anticipated 16th annual benefit drag show at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 30, an event designed to entertain, enlighten, and share a great cultural experience with the community.
The “Sweet SixQueen” drag show will be held at the Athletics and Recreation Center, 130 North St., Fitchburg. Proceeds from the show will support the LGBTQ Student Scholarship at Fitchburg State. The program is labeled as New England's largest and oldest drag show.
This year’s program will feature dancing and cabaret-style performances by 11 stage performers including Leominster's own Lady Sabrina, Mizery, Karisma, Ivy League, Abby Cummings, Destiny, G Licious G, newcomers Victoria Obvious, Nikita LaFemme, and Anita Cocktail, with Raquel Blake to be the Mistress of Ceremonies for the evening. DJ Scotty P will spin the tunes for the show. Special guest appearances by the Fitchburg State Performance team will also grace the stage as the show's opener performing their dance number, Unholy. The highly anticipated Drag Race, with students from the university, will crown a Drag Queen and a Drag King.
“With all that is happening in the world regarding anti-LGBTQ+ rhetoric, this Drag Show is an important part of the fabric of LGBTQ+ life at Fitchburg State and her surrounding communities,” said Associate Director of Student Development Shane Franzen, who has supervised the development of the show since its inception and advises the GSA. “It shows that Fitchburg State does not discriminate based on sexual orientation, color, race, or identity. It solidifies the openness of the faculty, staff, community, but most importantly, the students. With the changing climate of the country, it is now more important than ever to show off our culture. The students of GSA work tirelessly for hours upon hours and for many months putting the show together. It is a privilege to be their advisor. However, it is an honor to watch them grow and flourish as active citizens of the LGBTQ+ community and to share who they are to all.”
This event is for audiences aged 18 and over. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for the public. Tickets can be purchased at the information desk in Hammond Hall, 160 Pearl St., or online at https://secure.touchnet.net/C20743_ustores/web/product_detail.jsp?PRODUCTID=94&SINGLESTORE=true.