Katelyn Chostner, Editor-in-Chief

To kickoff National Coming Out day, PRIZM hosted their 15th anniversary drag show “Under the Big Top!” The club invited drag kings and queens from all over St. Louis to perform for the University of Missouri–St. Louis students and community members.

“Under the Big Top!” gave members of LGBTQ+ and their allies a chance to get together and relax while they enjoyed a great show hosted by the drag king Rydyr. The drag king was no amateur as he hosts the Friday and Saturday night shows at Attitudes Nightclub in St. Louis.

Rydyr started the 15th anniversary of “Under the Big Top!” off by lip-syncing “High Hopes” by Panic! At The Disco. Crowd members were encouraged to tip the performers throughout the show. Rydyr danced for tips as he went around from table to table and mouthed the words to fans. Dollar bills shot up in the air as he took off his jacket, keeping the event as PG-13 as possible.

The next performer was the drag queen Maxi Glamour: The Demon Queen of Polka and Baklava encouraged the crowd to be her band. The right side was told to sing like tubas and the left was told to sing like accordions. The overall sound created a Polka song for the drag queen to dance to as she sang the lyrics.

The crowd enjoyed the song while clapping along to their immersive tunes. Maxi Glamour performs at the Monocle and the Crack Fox among many other locations in St. Louis. Her second performance was a burlesque bass remix that involved many somersaults, cartwheels and death drops. Glamour seemed to have her death drop down to perfection as she purposefully fell to the ground from 6-inch heels.

The final performer, drag king Puck Rogers, came out singing and sprawling out on the floor dressed as a sad clown. The crowd caught articles of clothing and several elongated balloons pulled from his clown pants as Puck Rogers stripped for the crowd’s entertainment. Eventually the drag king ended up in fishnets and a red corset while he ran around the room making the crowd laugh during his performance.

At the end of the night, the performers gathered up on the stage to thank everyone for being a part of their night. Rydyr spoke about the importance of National Coming Out Day and that it was something that should be celebrated. He also mentioned it was okay if people still had not come out because it can be a difficult experience. The performers spoke about the importance of supporting one another whether they are a part of the LGBTQ+ community or they are strong allies.

Afterwards, the crowd was able to stay and hang out with the performers who spoke about their personal and performing lives. Many fans related to the performers while some were asking for tips on how to get into drag. Overall, PRIZM provided a great environment for people to get together and celebrate love.