WEEKEND: A night for drag kings and queens in Port Angeles on Saturday

By Diane Urbani de la Paz
Peninsula Daily News

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PORT ANGELES — The Royal Drag Off, a competition of drag queens and kings, is about to ascend to the Alle Stage at Studio Bob, the event space upstairs at 118 E. Front St.

It will be a bejeweled event Saturday night, with six contestants vying for the honor of most fabulous impersonator of the opposite sex.

The competition, like the Drag Offs last January and October, is open to all genders and orientations; it’s likely to involve singing, lip-synching, strutting and other frolicking from 8 p.m. till 11 p.m.

There will be mature content, promised Alle Stage manager Sarah Tucker, so only those 16 or older will be admitted.

Tickets are $12 in advance at both BrownPaperTickets.com and Odyssey Books, 114 W. Front St., or $15 at the door if any seats are left Saturday night.

The Royal Drag Off will also highlight five guest performers: Port Angeles-bred drag queen Blake McCabe, Seattleites Drew and Jessica Paradisco and drag kings Sid Visceral and Dane Brammage.

Yes, those are the names chosen by these entertainers, who will take the stage along with mistress of ceremonies Salmonella.

She’s our local drag queen seen in her dress, heels, wig and beard hosting Trivia Tuesdays at Bar N9ne and other events from time to time.

The stage manager for the event uses his real name: John Manno, theater director, actor and harpist, will run the show. Lauren Jeffries-Johnson and Flora Jackman — more real names — will greet patrons at the gates.

As for the competition, a panel of judges will put the drag queens and kings through their paces.

The judges are McCabe, winner of the first Port Angeles Drag Off in October; the Paradiscos; Amy McIntyre, president of the Port Angeles Arts Council; and Robin Anderson, executive director of the Port Angeles Fine Arts Center.

At the same time, the audience will choose a winner of its own, added Tucker.

Good to Go Grocery of Port Angeles, the event’s sponsor, will be providing “creative prizes for each of our six contestants — that is the final count: four kings and two queens. And there will be special prizes awarded to Audience Choice and Judges’ Choice,” she noted.

For information about the event, see the Royal Drag Off page on Facebook or email Tucker at Sarah@tuckerart.com.

Last modified: May 29. 2014 6:47PM
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