Manchester’s 15th annual drag show is Taste the Rainbow

Manchester University’s United Sexualities will host its 15th annual drag show on Saturday, May 2.

The show, which takes place in Wampler Auditorium on the North Manchester campus, will begin at 8 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

“We encourage people to come early if they want a seat because it fills up fast,” said Tabitha Sutton, treasurer of the US student group. No food or drinks are allowed inside the building.

The theme this year is Taste the Rainbow and performances will be given by members of the MU community and surrounding area. These performances, each lasting approximately the length of one song, are done by individuals or groups. 

Every year, US brings in professional acts from Fort Wayne and Indianapolis to perform.

The student group chooses an organization every year and donates the proceeds from the show to that organization.

The organization chosen this year is #BornPerfect, a campaign started by the National Center for Lesbian Rights. This campaign aims to “end conversion therapy by passing a law across the country to protect LGBTQIA children and young people and raise awareness about the serious harm caused by these dangerous practices,” Sutton said.

The main way money is raised is by “tucking bucks,” which is when an audience member gives a tip during a performance. Donations will also be taken by SU executive board members or outside the event. 

Planning for the show begins at the beginning of the academic school year. Those who help put on this show include the US student board, US club members, MU alumni, SU  faculty advisors Barb Burdge and Tim Brauch, MU event facilities coordinator Paula Finton, Chartwells food service, Cordier crew workers and Campus Safety.

Prepared by Heather Elson, MU student media relations assistant.

April 29, 2015

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