Dear Constant Reader,
Saturday we presented Brrrlesque, our winter holiday show, at Deacon Giles Speakeasy Lab. Most of us have a number of holiday- or winter-themed acts, but we didn’t want to just do the shame show as the years before, so each of us created a new number. I was a bit anxious as act development is not one of my strengths. But Scratch founds just the right song, I had the perfect costume already, and it all came together quickly.
Here’s the show! All photos by Scratch. Some of our audience members took some good ones that I hope to be able to share.
This was Betty’s new act — a reverse strip to “Winter Wonderland”. The picture was taken at the beginning when she’s in her robe and her clothes are strewn about the stage.
Devastasia danced to “Warm in December”. She’s got a great costume surprise near the end of the act. Venues will remember this one forever because the tissue paper snow she brushes off her coat will linger, despite the best efforts to sweep it up.
Technically this wasn’t a holiday number, but I’m sure Scratch gave it an appropriate intro. Artemisia had only done this Las Vegas-inspired act once before, at a private show, and it deserved a little more exposure, so to speak. Although this is a lovely shot, you really should see the costume, created by Artemisia and Burluxe.
Tahni tapped her talented toes to “Gift-Wrapped Boy”. I’m sorry we don’t have a picture right now of her adorable gift-wrap costume (which she made) and jingle pasties.
Here’s a few moments of my standard for the holidays — Duke Ellington’s “Sugar Rum Cherry”.
As a palate-cleanser from the striptease, Artemisia sang “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”.
Betty brought back “Blue Christmas” — a perennial favorite. No pictures, but you can see a clip from last year.
Scratch stunned the audience with a Christmas miracle. No picture of that, since he was the one manning the camera.
This was Devastasia’s new piece to “Marshmallow World”. She really hates Christmas music, so she went for something wintery instead. We were all stunned when she showed up with this snow-white showgirl look. Not a scrap of black to be found!
Artemisia’s new act used a beautiful blue and silver cape (which she made) and some balletic dancing. Very wintery, very graceful.
I closed out the show with my new act, to the PMJ version of “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve”. I’m sorry I don’t have a picture of the glorious champagne-colored gown I wore (a find from Scratch — if you even have the chance, go shopping with him), but you get to see my beautiful Catherine D’Lish boa.
After the first show, we had a surprise treat! I was expecting Brigitte would be at the show since she’s local, but she brought some special guests, D.D. and Evie! Here we all are, BeauTease Classique!
It was so good to see everyone and catch up. I wish we’d had longer, but we had to get ready for our second show.
And that was our last performance of 2018! See you next year!
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