It's almost summer time and things have been heating up in the Boston burlesque scene.
This last weekend was jam packed with shows. On Friday I participated in the Bizarro Ball: A Fundraiser for Alternatease 2014.
Alternatease is a Neo-Burlesque festival and this will be its second year. Last year I was the administrative assistant and got to perform with The Glitterbombs in the opening show.
This year I applied and was accepted to perform in the TA-TA's which is the the Alterna-TEASE Awards Spectacular (Friday Night, August 15.) It's not a typical awards ceremony in that the awards are tailor made. It was an amazing show last year, and I'm preparing to BRING IT to this year's show.
Jonathan Beckley took these badass photos of my Wolf in Peep's Clothing performance on Friday night:
Saturday night I got to perform in The Old School Game Show's John Hughes-A-Palooza and it was rad!
I was a Cubic Zirconia Dancer and had my first speaking part as the Mother of the Studio Audience. I got to send the Studio Audience to prom! It was hilarious and such a fun show.
One of our numbers was an 80's medley and included, not only the dance montage from The Breakfast Club, but also this epic move stolen from Say Anything:
The theater was decked out for prom and included a photo area manned by awesome photographer Laura Hajar
You can check out more photos from the show: HERE
Sunday night I attended MASCULINITEASE: A Burlesque with Balls. The show is put on by Sirlesque, Boston's boylesque troupe.
I smiled and cheered so much my face hurt. There were fantastic special guests: Allix Mortis, Fem Bones, Maggie Maraschino, Gypsy Lux, Rogue Burlesque, and more! They added some badass lady-ness to the show.
Belle Gunz and I decided to dress in drag for the show and we looked so friggin handsome. It was the flattest my chest has been since 5th grade and pretty goddamn liberating. I think my drag persona will be making more appearances in the future.
My favorite number was Allix Mortis's. She did a powerful piece about the verbal abuse she's faced by depicting the words on a projection screen. It was tough to read and intense to watch her build more and more tension on the stage. She reclaimed some of those words so that they became words of power, and she honored #YesAllWomen. She got a standing ovation and brought tears to my eyes. It was a fantastic piece.
The finale of the show moved me in a different way.... jumping out of my seat because the dudes from Sirlesque did a tribute to the The Backstreet Boys that had my 90's-child-self losing my shit!
*Fun Fact: I'm fucking color blind and no one noticed my facial hair was purple until I left my apartment. It's an unintentional homage to Prince! *
As for when you can see me next:
REVENGE OF THE ROBOT BATTLE NUNS!
Guys, this show is going to be INSANE.
We've been in rehearsal for months, we've been toiling, we've been costuming, we've been finding the perfect mixture of ingredients to create the most realistic looking vomit....don't fucking miss this!
Last night I was a guest performer in Old School Game Show. What is Old School Game Show? It's awesome. Created by the wild mind of Michael D'Angelo, it's like The Price is Right got drunk and started dancing on a table at a house party in the 70's.
As the audience enters the theater they can submit their name to possibly become a contestant to "come on down" and be on the show. Mike, not only the creator but the host, is a force of energy and his character, a "sleazy 70's talk show host", is totally endearing (I swear!) I went and saw the show a couple months ago because my good friend Gypsy Lux is on the production crew and I LOVED it! I was so excited when Mike asked if I was interested in helping out with the show. When I found out I was going to be playing the part of the "Dream Girl," the love interest of Mike and his Co-hosts, I was like:
...because sometimes I think I'm still an insecure teenager. But then I snapped out of it-I fully embraced my Dream Girl status and became totally insufferable to be around. For example: I wouldn't stop telling my Manfriend (that was his dating profile picture when we first 'met') that I'm The Dream Girl so it's probably his turn to take the dogs out. I’m such a catch!
Since the show is in the style of the 1970's I did some research on 70's makeup and hairstyles. I figured for the part I would be doing more of a "Teen Queen" look than how my parents looked in the 70's, which was like total hippies.
For 70's style inspired hair I split my hair into a center part (even my bangs! I have a forehead everyone- look upon it!) and curled it in sections away from my face, on each side. Then I brushed the curls to form a soft roll on each side. Half my head is shaved, which made it harder to match both sides, but I was happy with the results. This was the first time I'd curled my hair extensions and they held the curl well, but I had trouble getting my real hair to stay. I was getting really yelly about it and my sister was super helpful by attacking me with hairspray.
For makeup I layered blue eye shadows in a smokey eye, then used black eyeliner on my upper and lower lids, and topped it off with big fake eye lashes. I first tried wearing a bright pink lip, but it looked like I had no lips (apparently I'm bright pink?) so I switched to red for the show.
The show was Valentine's themed and full of slow jams. There was a dating game partway through the show where some local artists participated. Honey Pie from The Babes in Boinkland (and lots of other Burlesque troupes/shows) played our bachelorette and Ants Conley from Endation was the bachelor. They chose their mystery date by asking a series of loaded questions. We didn't feel too bad for the losing contestants because everyone got a kiss. In fact, this show was full of make outs! SO. MANY. MAKE OUTS.
For my bit I entered the stage to the sounds of:
Trailing behind me was my nerdy sister, played by comedian (and my new best friend) Kaitlin Buckley. She was carrying a fan to create some sexy (albeit ridiculous) hair blowing. The cool thing was that I got to wear my mom's shirt from the 70's! It's such a great vintage top and I hadn’t really found a time to wear it yet. Last night I paired it with some high-waisted denim and it was perfect! I have bigger boobs than my mom did, but no one seemed to mind me leaving the top button open ;). Oh, and I popped the collar, of course!
For our second sketch I entered on my golden roller skates. It was terrifying and the thing I was the most nervous about. I kept picturing myself attempting to be sexy and then eating shit, which has happened...more than once...just walking.
Luckily it went smoothly and we reenacted the scene from Pretty in Pink only Mike and the Co-hosts chose my nerdy sister over me. Kaitlin was hilarious when she realized what had happened. She shoved the fan into my hands and did her own nerdy version of sexy.
Old School Game Show is a joy to be in as a performer. The show is well organized and cast with all different types of creative people. I got to meet Martha Marin, a lovely lady and the sexiest accordion player I've ever met! I loved her denim jumpsuit so much I told her I wanted to murder her and keep it for myself. She didn't think that was a weird thing to say so I'm pretty sure we are friends now.
It's great to be part of a show in Boston that isn't solely about Burlesque. It brought in a different crowd and I got to see lots of people from different communities. Although, Boston burlesque did represent: some of my favorite Boston Burlesque dancers were in the audience. It's wonderful to be part of such a supportive (and sexy) scene.
Here's to Old School Game show which you can check out the last Sunday of every month at The Davis Square theater in Somerville, MA. And here's to not falling on my sexy-ass during the show, to making new friends, drinking wine during (and after) the show, and to next month's show, which is going to be even better!
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