Mayfair Sneak Peek

Mayfair MansionYesterday I received an unexpected invite to a sneak peek of the Mayfair show by Idle Rogue Productions.

I didn’t get to see the show in its entirety, but I did get to see quite a few of the numbers.

The audience is seated in the garden under a canopy, next to the Mayfair Mansion and surrounded by trees.

The stages are off to the sides of the seating area.

If you haven’t read ‘The Witching Hour’ series by Anne Rice (as I haven’t), a little background of the story might be helpful.

Prior to watching the show (while waiting for everything to rezz and cache), I found a short synopsis of the storyline.

If you don’t have time to read up, don’t worry.  During the show, each act is preceded by a narrative board, explaining the bits and pieces of the storyline.

Suzanne NarrativeThe story of the Mayfair witches begins in medieval Scotland, when Suzanne and her daughter summon, Lasher, the demon who will haunt the Mayfair line for generations to come.

The show also uses a camera control system, so that your camera view is directed to each act.

There were a few technical glitches at the start of the show, but I am sure those will be fixed prior to the premiere tonight.

We see Suzanne and her daughter summon Lasher, and then watch as Suzanne is burned as a witch.

Suzanne BurnsSome very nice visuals, especially the burning pyre in the rain.

Most of the numbers include set fades and particle effects, so be sure to pay attention to your settings to get the most out of your viewing.

Throughout the series, a ‘Legacy witch’ is born to each generation.

These are the witches we see in each act.

The locales range from medieval Scotland to Haiti to 18th century New Orleans to the present day.

Next we watch Deborah Mayfair seduce her lover.

Deborah MagicAfter watching her mother burn as a witch, Deborah is determined not to follow in her mother’s footsteps.

Each legacy witch is in possession of the Mayfair Emerald.

A stunning piece of jewelry, the amazing creators at Empyrean Forge crafted the necklace for the show.

I am always delighted when other creators get involved with dance. 😀

Mayfair Emerald by Empyrean ForgeThe necklace appears in each act.

The show follows each witch through her story.

Lasher is a constant presence, trying to genetically engineer a witch strong enough to allow him to be born back into human form.

This is finally achieved with Rowan Mayfair, the 13th legacy witch.

The scene with Rowan is the finale of the show, which I unfortunately did not get to see. 😦

However, I am sure it will be as stunning as the rest of the show.

Performances for the show are:

January 21 at 7pm
January 22 at 7pm
January 23 at 7pm
January 24 at 2pm and 7pm
January 25 at 5pm

They are offering reserved seating if you are a member of the Guerilla Burlesque Exclusive group.

Contact Franny Glass to reserve a seat.  (I am not sure how many seats are remaining, as the size of the audience for each show is limited to 40.)

The scripted camera works well, though there were a few times the angle was a little too close for me.

You can use ctrl+0/ctrl+8 to zoom in/out without leaving the camera system, if you wish.  (Something I found extremely helpful while trying to take photos.)

It looks to be an amazing show with some very talented performers.

I do have a seat reserved for the show on Friday, so I will likely be doing another post after I see the entire performance.

For now, here is the cast list, with a few photos thrown in here and there. 😀

Cast List:

Angelique - Sho
Angelique Mayfair

Chewie Quixote – Soloist – Suzanne Mayfair
Zahra Ethaniel – Production Design, Soloist – Deborah Mayfair
Meegan Danitz – Soloist – Charlotte Mayfair
Deb Heron – Soloist – Jeanne Louise Mayfair, Production Design Assistant, Assistant to chryblnd Scribe
Sho Kyong – Soloist – Angelique Mayfair
Shadow Tarber  – Production Design, Soloist – Marie Claudette Mayfair
Maeve Branner – Soloist – Marguerite Mayfair
Azabella Alamar – Soloist – Katherine Mayfair
Blaze deVivre – Soloist – Mary Beth Mayfair

Stella Mayfair
Stella Mayfair

Anashara Dubois – Soloist – Stella Mayfair
Aubreya Joszpe – Soloist – Antha Mayfair, Production Assistant – Public Relations
BabyPea von Phoenix – Soloist – Deirdre Mayfair
chryblnd Scribe –  Producer, Director, Art Director, Soloist – Rowan Mayfair
Tray Porthos – Production Design – Camera, Soloist – Lasher

Extras:

Cee Edman – Petyr van Abel
AveBee – Peter Mayfair (alt of Deb Heron)
Franny – Charlotte’s Maid 1, Production Assistant – Membership Liaison
Subversive Vavoom – Charlotte’s Maid 2
Imrhien Fargas – Darcy Monahan
March Antiesse – Julien’s Lover

MaryBeth Mayfair
MaryBeth Mayfair

Barney Helendale – Julien Mayfair
Spinned – Stella’s Lover (alt)
Rogue Fretwerk as Michael Curry (alt of chryblnd Scribe)
Stella’s party: Gloriana, Arrehn, Adam3 Magic, Imrhien Fargis

Crew:
Arrehn Oberlander – Production Design Technical
Martin Yeats – Production Design Technical
Gloriana Maertens – Production Design Builder

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