Night Players

NP 1Last Friday I got to perform with the Paramount Theater Night Players.

The Night Players is a separate venue from the Paramount Theater, a place for dancers to explore, push some boundaries, and perform some more ‘avant garde’ acts that you might not normally see.

The dancers at Paramount are a wonderful bunch of people and it was fun to perform with them.

NP 2The show opened with a cute routine to ‘Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini.’

Definitely some tiny bikinis!

After the bikinis, it was time for Lotta to take the stage.

She always has great costumes and this was a fun set.

Lots of candles, jack-o-lanterns, and, of course, Lotta’s flesh. 😀

NP 3Paramount is another venue where I have to snap the pics quickly, before the costumes start disappearing.

So if you like scantily-clad dancers (sometimes even naked!), you should check out their shows.

Following Lotta was Ariel.

I was so busy snapping pics I forgot to write down the name of the song for this act.

NP 4After Ariel, Queenie took the stage with a very sexy and sultry act.

I’m a huge fan of burlesque, and a sucker for a fan dance.

This was one hot number!

I needed some fans to fan myself. 😛

The last act of the night was a mud wrestling act by Path.

NP 5I thought the set was fabulous, but I don’t have any PG pics for the blog, since Path and Annie started out naked and covered in mud. 😀

I did, however, manage to snap a pic of Lotta.

There’s always something going on at Paramount, so join the group to stay updated.

Night Players shows are on Tuesdays and Fridays.

They also have their regular weekly shows on Saturdays.

Lots of creative people at Paramount, so there’s always something interesting to see.

 

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Lady Garden Cabaret

Friday was the Halloween show for the Lady Garden Cabaret Minxettes.

LGC 1I haven’t been to a show there in a while, but it was as good as I remember.

Galilla and Rug opened the show, dancing to ‘I Ain’t Got Nobody.’

Apparently they found a couple of extra skeletons laying around and put them to work. 😛

After Galilla and Rug, it was Kismet’s turn on stage.

I’ve enjoyed watching Kismet at LGC and at Winds of the Sahara.

LGC 2Some people are fantastically good at set building, and she is one of them.

Dancing to ‘I Put a Spell on You,’ she definitely cast a spell on the audience.

I love all the set details – the floating books, the wall of bookcases, the giant magical orb.

Speaking of fantastic set builders, this next set was just spectacular.

The mixture of whites, greys, blacks, and cool blues was simply amazing.

LGC 3Tons of detail – so much you don’t know where to look.

And the costume for this act – so creepily cool.

Aelva danced to ‘Ex’s and Oh’s,’ and if this act is any indication, stay on her good side. 😛

After Aelva, it was time for Chandra to take the stage.

LGC 4Her sets are always amazing, as are her costumes.

This time Sexys got in on the action as well, playing Chandra’s skeleton dance partner.

I love how when I take pictures, I’m sometimes concentrating so much on trying to get the dancer in a good position, that I miss other details.

Like the skeletons sitting at the table, which I completely missed during the performance. 😀

LGC 5Galilla and Rug returned to the stage for another act, this time dancing to Madonna’s ‘Vogue.’

An insane asylum seems like a weird place to be vogue-ing, but to each his own, I guess. 😛

The lady in the straight jacket was just straight up creepy.

I’ll be seeing her in my nightmares, I think.

The last act of the show was a group number, led by Chandra.

LGC 6Dancing to ‘Sugar, Sugar,’ the stage and the dancers were all decked out in Dia de los Muertos gear.

Sugar skulls everywhere you looked, and hot dancers everywhere else. 😀

Another fantastic set build and some eye candy for the audience.

Lady Garden Cabaret performs on the last Friday of each month at 3pm SLT.

Join their group or hit up their subscriber to stay informed of goings-on.

MJ’s Burlesque

Yesterday I was able to make it to MJ’s Burlesque Review.

I try to never miss a show.

MJ 1As usual, the ladies delivered.

First of all, how can you go wrong when you have the most adorable MC ever?!

I wanted to stuff her in my pocket and take her home with me, but I was too scared of MJ. 😛

The venue was wonderfully decorated with lots of spooky and creepy Halloween bits and bobs.

And, of course, no end of Kat and mouse jokes because of the little mouse scurrying around the place. 😀

MJ kicked off the show, opening with a number set in a creepy courtyard.

MJ 2Werewolves kept appearing and disappearing (one of them stole MJ’s clothes!).

That’s what she gets for taking dating advice from Nancy. 😛

While MJ tried to chase down the werewolves and retrieve her clothes, it was Nancy’s turn to take the stage.

Nancy is one of my favorite artists in SL, but sometimes she scares me.

MJ 3I don’t think I want to know where she hangs out in her off time.

Set in someone’s dungeon (I never did find out whose), she danced her pants off (literally). 😀

I always make sure to spend some time checking out all the details in Nancy’s sets, because there are a lot of them.

If you go to the encore show on Sunday (and you should!), make sure you check out the graffiti on the dungeon walls.

The stage crew cleaned up most of the blood, just in time for Zed’s act.

Set in a cemetery (duh), Zombie Zed entertained us all.

The skeletons were doing wildly inappropriate things with their bones, Zed was dropping everything (including clothes, flesh, and some fingers), and I spy a cute little cat.

MJ 4If you look carefully, you can see Zed’s pussy, Steve (that’s his name, honest!), watching as the skeleton next to him rises out of its grave.

So cute, so oddball, and so totally Zed. 😀

It took the crew a little longer to clean up all the mess this time, what with the rotting flesh all over the stage.

Eventually it was all scrubbed clean and it was time for MJ to take center stage again.

Appearing in a church, she exposed her deepest desires (and the rest of her). 😀

A vampire queen, she was in hiding, just waiting for the right time to seize her next victim.

MJ 5It was another terrific show, as I’ve come to expect.

If you didn’t get to see the show on Friday, they will be doing an encore performance on Sunday (tomorrow) at 2pm SLT.

If you’re in the US, don’t forget that we set our clocks back an hour tonight!

The It Girlz N Fellaz

On Monday I went to see a ‘new-to-me’ group.

It Girlz 1I’ve seen them advertised around the grid, but I’d never been to one of their shows before.

It was their Halloween show and it kicked off with a great routine to ‘Enter Sandman’ by Metallica.

Now, I’ve always thought the ‘Now I lay me down to sleep’ song was a bit creepy and not at all comforting.

The routine had a young boy going to bed, and then we watched the stuff of his nightmares come out of his closet.

And, of course, a giant spider.  -.-

It Girlz 2There was no MC at the show, so I got a bit confused at times.

I think the next act was actually in two parts.

(Another confession – I’m not really familiar with ‘Monster High’ or horror movies, so I get confused easily when it comes to those references.)

The routine started out with various monsters dancing in an alley.

Then the scene switched, but some of the dancers were in the same costumes.

It Girlz 3(Hence my confusion.) 😛

After all the monsters had cleared the stage, I heard the strains of one of my favorite songs.

The ‘Banana Boat Song’ by Harry Belafonte.

‘Beetlejuice’ is a movie I’ve actually seen (more than once, even!), so I was on familiar ground with this one. 😀

It Girlz 4There seem to be a lot of dancers in this troupe, as every act was a group act.

A great problem to have, right?

After Beetlejuice and his crew were done dancing to the medley of the ‘Banana Boat Song’ and ‘Jump in the Line,’ the scene shifted again.

This time we were in a creepy warehouse filled with dolls and all kinds of odd toys.

It Girlz 5With so many people on the stage, I found it a bit difficult to keep track of everything going on.

It was hard to decide where to aim the camera and what to focus on.

The next act was more of a story routine.

A voiceover gave us the story of an unfaithful samurai and the consequences of his actions.

It Girlz 6Again, a ton of people on stage for this number.

I played around with the lighting a bit on this routine, because everything was a bit too white.

After the samurai and the ghostly dancers left the stage, I was excited to see a song by one of my favorite performers pop up.

I’ve loved Weird Al for years – anyone remember the movie ‘UHF’? 😀

It Girlz 7This routine was to his song ‘Nature Trail to Hell.’

It started out innocently enough, with all the boy and girl guides dancing in the woods.

Then, out of nowhere, two axe-wielding maniacs mowed everyone down.

The effects for this routine were well done.

For the last act, and a complete change of pace, the last routine of the show was an underwater mermaid dance.

It Girlz 8I’m a sucker for a mermaid. 😀

There were lots of terrific costumes in this routine.

Set to some beautiful Hans Zimmer music, it was a stunning act.

I will definitely be keeping an eye out for future shows from this group.

Thanks to Monavie, who sent me the info on this show!

The Night Theater Gets Wicked

I spent most of the weekend flitting around to different dance shows (there were a LOT!).

TNT Wicked 1One of the shows I attended was The Night Theater’s performance of ‘Wicked.’

Aelva and her crew are very creative and talented, and this show will not disappoint.

The show opens with some seemingly sweet fairies lounging around.

Until the webs start to appear.

Aelva, Sarah, and Amethyst performed this number, complete with lots of lovely special effects.

After the spiderwebs were cleared away, it was time for one of my favorite numbers.

TNT Wicked 2Dancing to ‘Wild Thing’ by Tone Loc, these skeletons were the life of the party. 😀

Martty, Aelva, and Amethyst were skeletally fabulous in this inventive and creative number.

It’s not often that you get to see skeletons doing the bump-n-grind.

Once the skeleton party retired from the stage, it was time for a Frankenstein number.

When I saw this act the first time, I was again impressed with the creative thinking.

TNT Wicked 3Changing the perspective is a visually effective way to catch the audience’s attention.

It also allows the dancers to be creative with fancy mover routes. 😛

I love the purple lightning effects that they wear.

The build is perfect as well – I love the pentagram formed by the beams of the structure.

This act ends with them both disappearing in a cloud of black smoke – a fantastic effect.

TNT Wicked 4The next act was to a song by The Pistol Annies – ‘I Feel a Sin Coming On.’

With a title like that, you know it’s going to be a fun routine. 😀

Aelva, Sarah, and Amethyst were fa-BOO-lous as witches in this number.

I love the swampy setting.

Cauldrons, floating bodies, witches on broomsticks – what more could you want for a Halloween show?

After the witches vanished (literally), it was time for the last act of the evening.

TNT Wicked 5Dancing to ‘Not Myself Tonight’ by Christina Aguilera, the dancers entertained us while the butler served us drinks.

In a cemetery.

Because, you know, it’s Halloween.

Apparently they stopped by after their visit to the guillotine. 😛

This is a fun show, and if you missed it, you still have another chance.

There will be another performance on Saturday, October 31, at 9am SLT.

“Dance Macabre” by ExtravaDanza

On Saturday I attended the premiere performance of ExtravaDanza’s newest show, “Dance Macabre.”

Dance Macabre 1
Baby’s ‘Walking Dead’ tribute

I was busily snapping pics, enjoying the show.

After the first act, I was camming around during the second act to try and get some close up pics.

I had noticed my stats monitor going into the red, but I assumed it was just because of me trying to get a good pic.

I hit ‘save’ and BAM.

I crashed.

Annoyed doesn’t even begin to describe it. 😦

Dance Macabre 2
Dance to ‘Come Little Children’

I spent the next five minutes unsuccessfully trying to log back in.

I finally made it in-world, figured I had missed the second number, and hoped I could get back to the sim for the third.

Imagine my surprise when I learned that the performance had apparently been griefed, causing a large portion of the audience (me included) to crash.

While I was not glad to learn of the griefers, I was happy to know it wasn’t my computer.

The performance was postponed for a couple of hours to give everyone time to get settled again, so I headed back for the delayed performance.

I didn’t grab any pictures of the audience seating, but it was certainly original. 😀

Dance Macabre 3
Jilley and her frightening crew

There were tombstones to sit on and several ‘hangin’ trees’ that posed your avatar as if you had been hung.

I was expecting to ride around the sim on some conveyance (a hearse?) as with previous shows, but this time the stage (and the audience) were stationary.

I’m not a huge fan of clowns in general (or horror stories, for that matter).

However, Jilley did an amazing job of pulling off a routine with some truly frightening looking clowns.

If you are already scared of clowns, this act was the stuff of nightmares. 😛

After Jilley and her minions cleared the stage, Sebastain took to the stage.

Yesterday I knew the name of the song he danced to, but I’ve slept since then, so I can’t remember. 😦

Dance Macabre 4I thought there was a nice variety of acts for a Halloween show.

Not every act was skeletons and witches and the like.

There were some really spectacular set builds as well.

After Sebastain’s routine, it was time for a change of pace.

The set was the exterior of an old house, covered with vines, a large porch – you get the idea.

Dance Macabre 5This routine was shades of a horror film, with the unsuspecting victim entering the house, while the audience knows it won’t end well.

I thought there was some very creative choreography in this act.

And, just like that, it was time for the finale of the show.

Again, I’m not a huge fan of Halloween – I’ve actually never seen Tim Burton’s ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas.’

(Side note – I had to google it to find the name of the movie.) 😀

However, I knew after seeing the opening model of Jack Skellington that this routine would be over the top.

Dance Macabre 6I wasn’t wrong.

Filled with multiple set changes, tons of particle effects, and a whole posse of dancers, it was an explosion of Halloween.

The act started out with Jack and his set of scary sidekicks.

Lots of lights and effects, as you can see.

Another set change and now it’s Jack dancing as a large burlap covered ghost (I apologize if it’s not Jack, as I said, I’ve not seen the movie).

Dance Macabre 7There were so many things going on at once, it was hard to know where to look.

More particles, dancing trees, and Santa in the cauldron. 😀

If you missed the premiere performance, don’t worry.

There will be two more performances of “Dance Macabre” – on October 30 at 9pm SLT and again on November 1 at 12pm SLT.

The Main Event Show Lounge

It’s been a busy weekend for me with all these dance shows.

It’s also been a ton o’ fun. 😛

MESL 6Yesterday I got to dance with some amazing ladies at the Main Event Show Lounge.

Lady C, owner and proprietress, opened the show for us.

Dancing to “Dark Lady” by Cher, she set the tone for the rest of the show – spooky, sexy, and fabulous.

When I was told to come up with some Halloween acts, I went searching for music.

At rehearsal, I was kicking myself for not thinking of this song. 🙂

MESL 2Lady C did an amazing job, as always.

After Lady C, Miss Bathory took to the stage.

Dancing to “This Is Going To Hurt,” she was mesmerizing.

The set was absolutely gorgeous and her choreography was fantastic.

MESL 3This show had a special guest dancer, Babypea.

Only Baby could make a morgue seem sexy. 😛

Her act had it all – set changes, a great costume, and amazing choreography.

Baby’s act marked the halfway point of the show.

Lady C took to the stage again, this time to delight us with a dance to the theme from “Halloween.”

I’m not a big fan of horror movies, but I’ve apparently missed out on some spectacular music.

MESL 7This act had spooky fog, scary lightning, and a fantastic backdrop.

This picture doesn’t do it justice, but I just love the backdrop she used for this set.

Sexy, gorgeous, and the definition of burlesque. 🙂

Following Lady C, Miss Bathory got set for her act, “Witch Queen of New Orleans.”

The set was fantastic, and the effects even more so.

MESL 4I love seeing dancers incorporate action/reaction effects into their sets, and she did this masterfully.

Lots of spooky magic, including some quick costume changes.

I can’t wait to see what these ladies dream up for the next show. 😀

Finally, it was time for the last act of the evening.

Put together by Lady C, we danced as a trio of witches.

I had an absolute blast dancing with these ladies and I can’t wait to do it again.

MESL 5Shows are once a month at the Main Event Show Lounge, on Saturdays at 5pm SLT.

The next show will be on November 21st.

Seating is limited, so arrive a little early. 🙂

See you in November!