The Santa Maria Civic Theater has partnered with the LGBTQ + House of Pride and Equality organization to host a drag show on Saturday for Pride Month.
The sold-out show was one of the theater’s first live events in over a year and was a boon for the local establishment after months of drive-ups and virtual shows to stay afloat during the pandemic.
According to SMCT spokesperson Jaime Espinoza, who also played a number in the show’s finale, the dragster event was scheduled to take place last summer but was pushed back by the pandemic.
“For me, as a board member and as a passionate participant in our events, it was so beautiful to see our house and stage filled with people and many who had never even heard of our. That alone was exciting to get people to come and see our other shows in the future, ”Espinoza said.
The night started at 6 p.m. with a pre-show night, giving attendees the chance to mingle and snap photos with drag queens from across the Central Coast.
Among the performers were locally renowned queens like Foxymoron, Cleo Van Scarlette, Nala Diamond, Juicy CW and Sheba. DJ Suz de Santa Maria provided the music.
Espinoza said the event was particularly significant, this is the second year in a row that the traditional Santa Maria Pride Month event has been canceled due to COVID-19.
“As a member of the LGBTQ + community, this event was very exciting to organize as we had not been able to fully celebrate Pride since 2019 with friends and other members of the community. It was the first Pride event of some people and it warmed my heart, ”Espinoza said.
Other live events from the Santa Maria Civic Theater since its reopening have included a film screening of “The Greatest Showman” and a live game show called “Director’s Cut”.
For more information on upcoming events at the Santa Maria Civic Theater, visit smct.org.