West Palm Beach started a new drag show this past February entitled “QUEENZ: The Drag Experience.” I recently sat down with the show’s creator, South Florida’s Nicole Halliwell to discuss what it’s all about.
Tell me about “Queenz: The Drag Experience”?
Queenz is the first events of its kind to showcase our incredible local talent on tour! A MEGA traveling drag show with nine superstar Queenz from all over South Florida! It really satisfies your needs with all the high-energy, show-stopping, back-flipping, death-dropping, booty-shaking, drag queen madness you can handle in one show! You don’t want to miss this. Trust me, these girls don’t play.
Who and what can we expect to see in this show?
Oh my god – the cast is incredible. Come prepared to have your wig snatched with some absolutely amazing performances! I should’ve called the show “stage slayers,” cause that’s what these girls do. I’ve picked mind-blowing talent from Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and the Palm Beaches! Sasha Lords, Calypso Monroe, Rianna Petrone, Athena Dion, Kat Wilderness, DangHo Yu-Sickening, Angie Ovahness, Mhi’ya Iman LePaige, and of course, your host… me! Besides these divas exploding with talent, we have a “Lip-sync challenge” in the middle of the show where audience members can get into “quick drag” with the help of our cast and battle it out for a chance to win an amazing prize package!
What inspired you to make a show like this?
The fabulous “TV Queens” of Drag Race are touring all over the country and getting to have all the fun, so I thought… why not show people our incredible local talent and let them shine just as bright? There’s so many fans of the Queens we see on TV, and South Florida is truly the ‘epicenter’ of drag, but many who watch those shows aren’t aware of the incredible amount of performers that are right around the corner! So here’s your chance to see it all up close and personal and meet these local divas face to face.
You chose The Kelsey Theater – any special reason for that?
It was an easy choice! They are without a doubt one of the most amazing theater venues I’ve ever had the privilege to work with. We brought Hocus Pocus Live (hocuspocuslive.net) to Kelsey back in October and they treated us with such respect and professionalism from start to finish that I just knew I had to go back there and work with them again. They always have a huge variety of amazing events there, and it’s a cherished and extremely popular spot in West Palm Beach. I highly recommend The Kelsey Theater to anyone producing large scale shows! It’s top notch.
I noticed you call this a “traveling drag show”?
Yes, as I want to showcase these amazing performers everywhere. We are planning to tour the entire state and beyond! If you’d like this epic show in your hometown, let us know on our website!
Your debut show was a sold out success! What’s new this April?
Every show has something new and exciting! A fresh set of performances and sickening looks from our cast, new audience participation games to win great prizes, and surprise giveaways from our sponsors and The Kelsey Theater!
This sounds like a lot of fun! Where can we get tickets?
Show information, upcoming tour dates, and tickets are available at travelingdragshow.com, or thekelseytheater.com! Don’t wait as seats for our first show are going fast!
Queenz: The Drag Experience debuts at The Kelsey Theater in West Palm Beach on Friday, April 5th at 7pm. Ages 16+ welcome.