Just a Bunch of Hocus Pocus

Audio story by Madison Messick

Photos by Caitlyn McCarey

Students lined up outside the LBJSC Ballroom on Monday, October 23, 2017 to sign-in to watch Hocus Pocus A Parody.
Audience members patiently await for the show to start in the LBJSC Ballroom.
The Sanderson Sisters rocked the stage doing a parody to Hocus Pocus The Musical.
“Come little children,” is a Hocus Pocus classic. The audience sang along with the Sanderson Sisters.
The Sanderson sisters began singing and dancing on stage. Classics were played such as, I Put a Spell on You. They also put their on twist on Look What You Made Me Do by Taylor Swift.
Jump splits were the sisters specialty. The crowd reciprocated tremendous feedback during this stunt.
The Sanderson Sisters were extremely interactive with the audience. They walked down the aisles and had everyone in attendance clapping and singing along.
Everywhere you looked there was someone Snapchatting or taking pictures of the performance. They shared with us that they only learned this performance in about a week.
The Hocus Pocus Drag Show was hosted by the Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion. Above is The Sanderson Sisters final pose.
The coordinators of the drag show, Quynh-Huong Nguyen and Robert Garcia, were in control of the sound board and planning.
After the show, the directors gave the audience free range to ask the three drag queens questions.
The Sanderson Sisters were played by Cherry Poppins, Kristi Waters and Natasha Bendnfeel. The drag queens are based out of San Antonio, Texas.
Winifred Sanderson’s spell book was recreated for this parody. The book is almost identical to the original movie.
When asked what her most difficult part of the journey was, she said, “coming out to my parents that I was gay and that I did drag. I was doing drag for seven years before I ever told my parents. They thought I was a bar-back. I kept my equipment at the bar, so they never knew.”
When asked what one piece of advice she would give to someone else that is looking to take this same path, she said, “never give up. Never give up on your dreams. I know that sounds so cliché, And don’t stop doing something you love for someone else. Look at me.”
Claire Pate, 22, education senior at Texas State University. “This was my first drag show and I loved it. The atmosphere is so transparent and authentic. Hocus Pocus is my all-time favorite Halloween movie, so I knew I would love this. I can definitely see myself going to more in the future.”

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