|By Burles Co. Photography|
With my costume, I truly lucked out minus the realization that Electrique Boutique was closed on Sundays and having to use my lunch break to get the gloves . The Burlesque Experience held a garage sale a week before the show, and I wound up getting a faux leather corseted top. At first I was afraid it wouldn’t go with the classic burlesque look that Ruby Revue is generally known for, but I discovered that a leather-and-lace theme with pin-up style hair and make-up worked very well. Furthermore, Carmen St. Cloud loaned me some leopard print accessories to add color (and a surprise) to my outfit. If there was one thing I could change, it would be my robe, which I won from the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show Giveaway earlier in the year. Luckily we didn’t keep the robes on for long so the logo wasn’t in everyone’s faces. Plus it provided even more color and sparkle.
|By Karlo X. Ramos|
I wound up doing double duty as performer and stage kitten. My experience with being involved in an act at Clever Girl Cabaret while stage kittening gave me the confidence to figure in a costume change between picking up. When we rehearsed on the stage, I realized that I had to be super cognizant of space and where I tossed my costume pieces. Everything went smoothly, but I was still intimidated by all the lights and the audience being so close. It was really thrilling, and I guess I got caught in the moment because suddenly we finished the routine.
Normally I’m too much of an awkward turtle to stay at the after-party for very long, but I figured it was appropriate to engage in the tradition of a stripper’s breakfast with my teachers, classmates, and senpai (I can’t think of a better English word that “seniors” which sounds a little odd). We went to Pop Diner, a quirky restaurant/bar with 80s pop culture references everywhere and free arcade games. I wish I had talked more, but I was tired and had exhausted all my anti-shyness fuel. Nevertheless, it was a wonderful way cap off a successful (and sold-out!) show, plus a great learning experience.
|By Marleana Mahoozi|