When most people think of drag, they think of RuPaul, Lady Bunny or Dame Edna Everage. Those three are in the top 10 of iconic drag queens and have made names for themselves in entertainment because of their talent and consistently in delivering great show every time they take the stage.
But in “Fascination,” a drag show fundraiser presented by the Haus of Fatale benefiting the Highland Lakes Equality Center, Aries and Luiz Fatale, the creators of his show, will introduce some male entertainers fans won’t soon forget.
People who attended What A Drag! in September already are familiar with male entertainers because of Aries and Luiz Fatale. When they considered who the other performers would be for “Fascination,” they chose Kian Fatale and Landon Fatale, who also are male entertainers.
Kian and Landon will be making their Highland Lakes debuts during the show, which is at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, March 14, at Hill Country Community Theatre, 4003 FM 2147 in Cottonwood Shores. Tickets are $35 for one, $60 for two and $100 for four. The event includes a catered dinner by Super Taco.
“Landon and Kian are part of my drag family,” Luiz said. “I wanted to give them a little bit more. I wanted to show what male entertainers can do. I wanted to show (attendees) the different aspects of what male entertainers can do.”
Breaking into drag entertainment isn’t easy, no matter if the performer is a king or a queen. Still, Luiz noted that male entertainers may feel more pressure because so many immediately think of drag queens first. The queens usually have their wigs, heavy makeup and jewelry, and gowns that immediately send a message of glamour and risque and plenty of come-hithers to the audience. Their outfits, picked precisely with great detail, are designed to create an aura and mood that draws people in. Their dance moves and music add even more to the mood the drag queens are creating onstage.
Luiz noted male entertainers have the same audience expectation minus the wigs and gowns. Their choreography has to be right on cue, the costumes can be just as expensive and time consuming to assemble, and the music is chosen with great care. Every part is meticulously selected with much thought to detail because the audience wants to be treated to the best from every performer.
“Male entertainers feel like they have to step it up two times more,” he said.
And that’s just fine with the guys, they said. They enjoy knowing how jazzed up the audience is even before the co-hosts take the stage to begin “Fascination.” And they know the co-hosts will keep the energy level high as each performer graces the stage with the intent of giving the best show they can.
That has everyone excited and buzzing with anticipation for this March 14 show, which will truly be fascinating.