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Wellington hunts its Next Top Drag Queen

Sat 29 May 2010 In: New Zealand Daily News

Wellington's Next Top Drag Queen 2009 winner Rhubarb Rouge The wigs are being preened and the nails sharpened as the capital's finest drag queens prepare to battle it out for glory. Produced by Aaron and, Wellington's Next Top Drag Queen is being held at The Garden Club on Sunday 6 June, with doors open from 8pm. It will be another sit-down theatre style event. The audience gets to decide who takes the title and the prizes, along with three judges. "It's always a popular event," says organiser Andy Boreham. "The limited seats always go fast and everyone gets to have their say on who represents Wellington in the drag scene." Boreham says he and Aaron Halliwell really enjoy putting together sit-down style events. "It's a chance to showcase a different kind of entertainment to Wellington, and a great way to ensure a captive audience." They are still accepting new entrants, but warn time is running out to prepare. "Entrants need three outfits, one for openwear, one for evening wear, and one for their performance piece. Other than that, it's an open book," says Boreham. Anyone interested in entering can contact Aaron or Andy through their website, or through theevent's Facebook page Last year 21-year-old Brazil native Rhubarb Rouge won the title, while Felicity Frockaccino and Malibu Thang rounded out the top three. Rouge, will be performing on the night just before handing over the crown. "It will be sad, but exciting at the same time," she says. "I'm definitely looking forward to welcoming the new girl." The winner stands to win lots of prizes, including a cover and photoshoot for a national gay publication, and the title and recognition that goes with it. "This is definitely the event of the year in terms of drag in Wellington," Halliwell says. "And it's always a colourful and interesting night."    

Credit: Daily News staff

First published: Saturday, 29th May 2010 - 2:59pm

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