A show unlike any other is getting set to come to the stage at the Golden Civic Centre on April 20 when the Cheesecake Burlesque Revue performs.
The group has travelled the world putting on shows filled with sequins, glamour and sass.
One of the founding members of the group is Champagne Sparkles who explained what it is about the group that she enjoys.
“I love the sisterhood I have with my fellow Cheesecakes, the empowering effect we have on people (especially women) in our audiences, and the ridiculous amount of fun I get to have creating, rehearsing, travelling and performing.”
Over the years the troupe has become much more busy as their fame has spread.
“This past year was a whirlwind of touring around B.C. and performing a lot in our hometown of Victoria – everything from our seasonal shows, to fundraisers, outdoor festivals and parades, and everything in between. We also had more success on an international scale – in 2011 we performed as a troupe at the Vancouver and New York International Burlesque Festivals and had solo performers also at those festivals, as well as at the New Orleans and Paris festivals! It’s been quite a ride,” Sparkles said.
Along with the show the ladies will also be holding a SASS 101 class in Golden on April 19. This will give local ladies the chance to learn from the Cheesecake performers.
“Our Sass Class 101 is an introduction to burlesque workshop and it is always a super fun time, and very inspiring and energizing. It’s fabulous to see the ladies hit their stride, creating burlesque names and be bumping, grinding, shimmying and tassel twirling by the end of the day. I think the ladies leave the class feeling happier, freer, and are part of a sassy secret club (imagine seeing your fellow classmates in line at the bank or super market – you’ll all have little knowing smiles on your faces),” Sparkles said. “Prepare yourself for a few hours of great, giggly, girly fun. We will teach you a little bit about where burlesque comes from, help you access your inner burlesque diva through movement and creating a burlesque name, teach you how to twirl tassels and give you a chance to shake your thing. We create a safe, open place to play – this is your chance to glitter up and be fabulous. Grab your girlfriends and join us.”
Cost of the workshop is $30 and there are only 30 spots available. Registrations can be booked at the Art Gallery of Golden sales desk with cash or credit card. Email or call 250 344-6186 and say you want to register for SASS 101 Class.
As for the show Sparkles said, “It’s a vaudevillian style variety show – dancing, comedy, singing – all centred around the classic art form of striptease. Our show is cheeky, funny and a little bit sexy. It’s lots of tease and no sleaze. And for the curious folks… we always have nipple tassels and panties on. There is something in our show for everyone – it’s a great girls night out or a fabulous date.”
Although every person may take something different from a Cheesecake Burlesque show Sparkles has her own ideas on what she hopes people take away from a performance.
“I hope everyone leaves with a smile on their face, a strut in their step, their cheeks and bellies hurting from laughing so hard, and a pair of pasties to try tassel twirling at home,” she said. “I think that there are a lot of different ideas out there about what burlesque is and there are also a lot of different styles of burlesque. The Cheesecake style is a lot of fun, we incorporate story telling and humour into many of our acts and we don’t take ourselves too seriously. We’re a group of regular ladies who work hard to put on a great show. Audiences find us relatable – we all have other professions, some of us have kids and we are a diverse range of ages and sizes. Something for everyone! And we love to come out and meet people after the show – so stick around for a chat.”
In the end, she loves being on stage and also the message the troupe sends out to people everywhere. “It is exhilarating and so much fun. I love the communication between the audience and performer – performing and hearing a response is such a thrill,” she said. “We are all fabulous no matter what age, shape or size we currently happen to be.”
Sparkles added, “This really is a fun and accessible show – even my Grandma has come out to see us and loved it. I think that people are often surprised how much they laugh and how good it feels to have a chance to hoot and holler at a show.”