Latrice Royale likes to describe herself as large and in charge, yet funky, bold and beautiful.” 

The longtime South Florida resident became an international sensation thanks to RuPauls Drag Race,” and now shes coming home to tell her story in a big” one-woman show, Heres to Life.” Royale will give two performances on Saturday, Feb. 1 at the Aventura Arts and Cultural Center.

Im really excited because its the big homecoming show,” said Royale, born Timothy Wilcots in Compton, California. Weve been around the world, but not home since he conception of the show at Boom nightclub back in the day, about five years ago. Its a labor of love to share my story and connect all the dots with the hometown landmarks.

 In Heres to Life,” Royale combines her love of storytelling and music into an unforgettable evening. In addition to sharing the defining moments in her life, including a stint in prison, Royale takes the audience to church” with gospel renditions of her favorite songs, including If I Cant Sell It, Ill Sit On It” by Ruth Brown, I Am What I Am” from the Broadway musical La Cage Aux Folles,” and Heres to Life” by Shirley Horn. 

       “Im going to sing live,” she said, which is something most people didnt know I could do,” backed up a live band and performances by her drag niece and reigning Miss South Florida Pride, Kennedy Davenport.

       “Im an open book now. Ive put my life, my story on the line. Everyone knows the truth and Im putting my air quotes up,” she said with her deep, throaty laugh.

Fans are getting a double dose of Royale this month with the release of RuPauls Netflix series AJ and the Queen.” In the series, RuPaul portrays a drag performer who hits the road after being swindled by a lover, accompanied by an unexpected stowaway in her broken down RV.

Not only did Royale, who excelled in acting challenges on Drag Race,” make a special guest appearance (as opposed to the many cameos), she served as a story consultant.

I was asked to come on board while filming the Christmas special in August, about a year ago,” she recalled. Initially, Ru had asked me to come and be involved in the writers’ room. In the process, we created a guest starring role for me. It was organic. I was honored that Michael Patrick (King) wanted me involvedto hear my stories and incorporate them into some great television.

Royale is now looking forward to spending more time with her husband at their Hollywood home.

She said, I love the ocean. Thats why I live in Florida, the water is my sanctuary. Thats where I go to recharge, jet ski, boat, take in nature, look at all those beautiful homes I cant afford yet. I just bought a new home and plan to spend time in it, but Ive got to pay for it, too.

Royale remains introspect about her career: I dont know where Id be without drag. It has literally saved my lifeand here I am.

Latrice Royale presents Heres to Live” on Saturday, Feb. 1 at 7 and 9:30 p.m. at the Aventura Arts and Cultural Center, 3385 N.E. 188th St. in Aventura. Tickets start at $40 at