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The WESA Pageant

32nd Annual WESA Pageant: Saturday, June 8, 2019 @ Celebrities. Doors at 6pm | Show at 7pm!

The “Miss WESA Baseball Beauty Pageant”, as it was known back in 1987, was the brainchild of three WESA
Members: Mark Sullivan, Gregg Welliver, and Art Gullett; who all played on the Celebrities Nightclub baseball team
that season. They got together to plan a league party at their new sponsor's place of business and the initial concept
was to put on a simple Drag Show. But it evolved into asking each team in the league to put up a contestant to
compete in a swimsuit, evening gown/talent, and skill testing question competition.  Needless to say, it was a big hit
and the WESA PAGEANT, as it is now known, was born.


The formula was simple: each team in the league solicited a candidate to represent them in the WESA PAGEANT. 
The contestant was usually a "Rookie" player to the league (however, over the years some softball players have
entered multiple times trying to win the coveted title!) Contestants would participate in swimsuit competition where
they would wear a Team Sash—sometimes elaborate sashes have been made by the teams to support their
candidate and promote their team sponsor. Contestants would then perform a number which was judged for
originality, lip-sync, costume, and audience reaction. Three finalists would be selected to which a skill testing
question asked to each to add to their point totals. The judges would tabulate final scores and select the 2nd Runner
Up, a 1st Runner Up, and the Winner of the Pageant who becomes Miss / Mister / Mx WESA for the season! The
only expectation is that the Winner returns the following season to perform a step-down number and help to crown
the new Winner.

The original 1987 crown for Miss WESA was a cardboard creation, made by an elementary class in Surrey taught by
one of the WESA members. Since then many crown creations have been crafted with some type of “softball” theme.

There have also been a variety of hosts for the WESA PAGEANT including a number of current and past WESA
members: Sydney Malcolm, Pat King, Art Gullett, and Lance Sandover, have hosted multiple times. The original
Pageant Host, Mr. Bill Monroe, hosted for several years from when the Pageant first started. Other Special Event
Commissioners and local celebrity Drag Queens have also done the honours.

The WESA PAGEANT has become a major community event and WESA’s signature marquee fundraiser from what
started as a simple evening of fun for some softball players.  Over the past 30+ years, the WESA Pageant has raised
and donated over $100,000 to approximately 30 LGBTQ2S+ community organizations and charities.

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2019 WESA PAGEANT GUIDELINES & RULES

The majority of the below guidelines and rules are not new and have been used for many years!  We are introducing a few new ones to refreshen the Pageant.  If you have any questions, please email the Special Events Commissioner at .  We reserve the right to update these guideline and rules without notice and as required to produce the best pageant for you.

TICKETS

  • This is WESA’s Signature Marquee Fundraiser so EVERYONE ATTENDING must purchase a ticket; this INCLUDES CONTESTANTS, BACK-UP DANCERS, COACHES, COMMISSIONERS, etc.; Only the judges are exempt;
  • Event Tickets are $25 each;
  • Tickets will be available for purchase STARTING THE BEGINNING OF MAY, at:
    • Strathcona Park at the NW PumpJack Diamond every SUNDAY leading up to the Pageant; and
    • from Fountainhead Pub (1025 Davie Street, Vancouver) from the Manager on Duty (ask at the bar);

DEADLINES

  • Team’s Contestant, their Drag Name, and music selection(s):
    • can START BEING SUBMITTED on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 to ;
    • MUST ALL BE RECEIVED BY by Friday, April 26, 2019;
  • Sunday, May 26, 2019:  USB Stick / Flash Drive with the music song file (or multiple songs in a mash-up must already be pre-mixed and formatted into ONE file to play—all files must adhere to the 4 minutes max rule); we have to provide the songs to the club/DJ in advance for testing and show programming;
  • Saturday, June 8, 2019:  Please also have your own back-up USB stick / Flash Drive with the same song(s) on it WITH YOU on the day of the performance in case something goes wrong with the 1st USB stick / Flash drive—TEST THEM BOTH.

SONGS (IF doing a lip-sync performance)

  • Lip-sync song performances must be maximum of 4 minutes long; if the song track is much longer than 4 minutes it may be faded out during the show; and or points may be deducted if your music’s duration is over the prescribed length!  With the potential of so many contestants in the pageant plus other performances, there’s a lot of show to get through!
  • NO DUPLICATIONS OF SONGS; song titles / submissions RECEIVED by or before Friday, April 26, 2019 will be accepted on a “first come, first served” basis;
  • should your song selection already been chosen by another team, you must have an alternate song(s) selected;
  • We want you to “own” your song and performance; and it’s much more interesting for the audience to see a unique number instead of seeing the same song again interpreted by another performer.

DRESSING ROOM

  • Dressing Rooms at Celebrities Nightclub are in the basement and the stage is on the GROUND first floor;
  • If the contestant should be wearing high heels, please KEEP THIS IN MIND for some contestants who may not be so dainty walking in high heels as there will be stairs!;

STAGE DIMENSIONS

  • STAGE:  The Celebrities Nightclub stage is approximately 8’ wide by 16’ long with the DJ at the middle back of the stage; please keep this in mind for your blocking of / movement around the stage;
  • RUNWAY:  There will be a 12’ long by 4’ wide runway going off the front of the stage, so there is some room to boogie, dance & strut! 
  • SAFETY NOTE: the runway is 4-6” higher than the stage so the floor surfaces are NOT FLUSH with each other!  PLEASE DO NOT TRIP!  PLEASE BE CAREFUL NOT TO TRIP!  DO NOT TRIP!  Are you getting this?  DON’T HURT YOURSELF BY TRIPPING.

BACK-UP TALENT

  • Anyone can assist contestants with putting together their performance (i.e. team members, friends, family, etc. for rehearsals, costumes, make-up, props, etc.);
  • But if the contestant has anyone as a Back-up Performer / Dancer on stage with them, THEY MUST BE SOMEBODY FROM THE CONTESTANT’S OWN TEAM THIS SEASON; 
  • The pageant is not only about having Charisma, Uniqueness, Nerve, & Talent; it is also about team building, bonding, and gelling!

STAGE CLEAN-UP

  • “SAFETY FIRST” ABOVE ALL!
  • Please NO WATER, FLUIDS, or other materials which may make the stage sticky or slippery or unsafe to be on!;
  • ABSOLUTELY NO CONFETTI, STREAMER CANNONS, OR ANY SORT OF MECHANICAL OR MANUAL PROJECTILES PERMITTED;
  • Items like balloons, beach balls, larger SOFT items are permitted within reason (please consider the clean-up your team must take care of after your performance);
  • All teams must CLEAN UP any props, etc. and CLEAR OUT off of the stage immediately after their performance;
  • Please have (non-)performing team member(s) / helpers ready to assist; Please provide your own broom, garbage bags, etc.  Points may be deducted IF THE STAGE IS NOT CLEARED NOR SAFE for the next performer.

JUDGING PANEL

  • There will be five (5) judges who will be made up of local community personalities and celebrities there for the duration of the pageant.

 

PAGEANT FORMAT

EMCEE WELCOMES

  • Welcome to audience; Recognition of this season’s sponsors; Acknowledgement of the Commission; Introduction of the panel of Judges.

STRUT & MODEL SEGMENT (replaces the “Swimsuit” segment)

  • Contestant can wear whatever they want; it does NOT have to be a swimsuit, it can be a gown, another costume, another dress, or something else; of course, you can also wear a swimsuit too—dress however you like, but dress to impress!;
  • The most important part here, and what the judges will be looking for and marking you on is your team sash and the presentation of it to promote your team sponsor;
  • Your Drag Name will be introduced here by the Emcee along with your team and division, and some tidbits about the real you may also be shared;
  • The runway will be 12’ long x 4’ wide so work it and walk around & around & around in front of the cheering audience!  Make your runway walk Fun, Unique, and Memorable!;
  • CONTESTANTS MUST WALK UP AND DOWN THE RUNWAY AT LEAST TWICE;
  • Your Team Sash will be worn here with the unaltered team name spelt out in full as “Miss / Ms. / Mz., Mister / Mr., or Mx [Team Name]”;
  • POINTS ARE AWARDED FOR TEAM SASH; OVERALL PRESENTATION; AND AUDIENCE REACTION!

TALENT / PERFORMANCE SEGMENT

  • This is the main “performance” portion of the show where each contestant will have the opportunity to show off their ABSOLUTELY MARVELOUS performance talents!
  • You can do ANYTHING you want: juggle, sing live, play the banjo, tap dance, or whatever!
  • We guess that the majority of contestants will do a lip-sync number and that will be an amazing thing too!
  • You do NOT have to do both a talent and a lip-sync, just one or the other.
  • THEME:  If you’re doing a lip-sync number, the 2019 Theme is “Music from the 80s and or 90s!”  EXTRA POINTS will be awarded to those contestants who adhere to the theme.  But you can do any song from any decade you want and you won’t lose points (you just won’t get the extra points for the theme).
  • Team Sashes are NOT required to be worn during this talent / performance segment.
  • POINTS ARE AWARDED FOR TALENT OR CREATIVITY / CONCEPT & OVERALL PERFORMANCE IF DOING A LIP-SYNC PERFORMANCE; AND AUDIENCE REACTION;
  • ADDITIONAL POINTS ARE AWARDED FOR MUSIC THAT ADHERES TO MUSIC FROM THE 80s & 90s THEME;

50/50 DRAW & DANCING BREAK

  • To provide the judges with time to tabulate all the scores, the 50/50 draw will be held here;
  • There will also be a short intermission here.

FINALISTS’ Q&A SEGMENT

  • All contestants will be brought back onto the stage for a GROUP PHOTO;
  • EVERYONE MUST WEAR THEIR TEAM SASHES FOR THIS SEGMENT.
  • The top three Finalists will be announced in no particular order;
  • All other contestants will then leave the stage with the Finalists remaining;
  • Question & Answer segment will test your wit and charm if you are a Finalist;
  • For the Finalists; be as funny, unique, and memorable as you want because that’s what will get the audiences’ attention;
  • POINTS ARE AWARDED ON ANSWER ORIGINALITY; AND AUDIENCE REACTION.

STEP-DOWN

  • Last year’s crowned Miss WESA 2018 will perform their step-down number;
  • This provides the judges time to tabulate the final results.

CROWNING

  • Miss | Mister | Mx WESA will then be announced and crowned!
  • They will do their Winner’s Walk around the stage and pose for photos;
  • The Miss | Mister | Mx WESA Winner’s only obligation is to return for next year’s pageant for their step-down number;
  • NOTE: There may be other opportunities for Miss | Mister | Mx WESA to represent the association throughout the season (i.e. Pride Parade, Tournament Rising Stars Show, Season-end Banquet, etc.).

QUESTIONS

  • If you have any questions, please email the Special Events Commissioner at SpecialEvents@WESA.net.

 

And the Crown Goes To . . .

 

Year Winner Sponsor
2018 Ed T. (Anita Luong Kwok) Vancity D Division
2017 Colin B. (Ursula Major) Pumpjack C Division
2016 Donavyn M. (Big D) RHB Customs Brokers
2015 Bobby C. (Hannah Jobs) Barrette Salon
2014 Logan C. (Miss Carriage) Celebrities Nightclub
2013 Micah G. (Shequanda Boo Boo Child) Richardson GMP
2012 Sean G. (Nana International) Priscilla's
2011 Scott R. (Andromeda) Sotheby's Realty Canada
2010 Aaron F. (Gina Talia) Vancouver Downtown Rentals (VDR)
2009 Greg L. (Holotta Johnson) Dahl & Connors Lawyers
2008 Shawn C. (Jenna Tail-ya) PumpJack
2007 Michael C. (Sofonda Steam) F212 Steam
2006 Denis L. (Susan Lucci) Tiffany On Denman
2005 Brian D. (Anita Loan) Vancity
2004 Arron U. (Tragedy Ann) F212
2003 Drew H. (So Lean) Numbers
2002 Ann T. (Mister Fister) F212
2001 Guy G. (Gigi Glamour) Davie Flight Centre
2000 Jamie S. (Ivana Bendover) Brockton Clubhouse
1999 Keith L. (Cheerianna) Xtra! West
1998 John C. (Helga) Royal Hotel
1997 Julie S. (Buster Cherry) Little Sister's
1996 Darren B.  Maxell
1995 Jeff K. (Whoopsi Daisy) Xtra! West
1994 Michel M.  Royal Hotel
1993 Wayne P. (Miss Tina) D&R Clothing
1992 Art G. (Vagina Moss) Numbers
1991 No pageant N/A
1990 Martin MC. (Martuna) Streets
1989 Hans L.  Doll N Penny's
1988 Wes B. Doll N Penny's
1987 Derek T. Odyssey Nightclub