Closing the show
With all that she had
Was the stunning MisRed
And wow, she was rad
Pixie Twist was our MC
She did it with style
Totes inappropro at times
Which caused many to smile
The audience battled with assels galore
Best audience ever on that score for sure!
And that was my night
You can tell I had fun
I’m SUCH a bad poet
But now it’s all done (And you won’t have to read any more!)
Special thanks to:Alyson, April and Sonia for handling the sound and lighting (and lots of other stuff!); the shy and reserved Obsidian and the beautiful Miss Scarlett Soiree for their wonderful stage kittying antics; Miss Chevious Cinders for being Door Dolly and as always, amazing photography by David Rowe Photography, with second shooter Nick Von Deursen Photography. And of course, big congratulations to Crazy Diamond’s producers, Miss Ooh La La Paree and Miss Bettsy Rose Lee – ably assisted by the wonderful Azure D’Murre.
And, because I can, here is a blurry photo of me and my divine friend Allysa, who was a burlesque noobie – and who loved every minute of it!
Valentines hearts and flowers (and boobs and butts!)
Burlesque/Cirlesque: it was an awesome weekend for Mumpty!
This weekend was a busy and exciting one for Mumpty, who attended two very different, but very fantastic shows.
On Friday night I attended the Bring on Burlesque Christmas Show at the Riverlea Theatre and had an absolutely wonderful time with some lovely friends, while we watched other hugely talented friends entertain us!
Bring on Burlesque had some outstanding performances; too many to detail, so I’m just going to bullet-point the stand-outs for me …
Ruby Spice‘s “puppet on a string” performance – so creative.
Miss Bettsy Rose Lee‘s “milkshake act” – in which I received a milkshake – shaken, not stirred, in her cleavage!
Miss Bettsy Rose Lee’s “boobs” song … for one, I didn’t know she could sing and for two, she was very funny!
Ms Tittle Tattle‘s Snow White routine – such a cheeky, “don’t mess with me” attitude!
Azure D’Murre‘s fan dance “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile” – so seductive and sexy.
Honourable mentions as well to Miss Ooh La La Paree’s Queen of Atlantis act – her costume is magnificent; Lady Gee’s cat act and of course to Henrietta, Steve Gray and Bring On Burlesque’s incomparable host, Gloria Dividend.
A big thanks to the fabulous Ms Tittle Tattle and her lovely husband, Simon, for giving me the ticket to attend Bring on Burlesque.
And then … it was Saturday night, and time for Cirlesque!
I was soooo excited when the lovely Miss Cherry Lashes asked me if I would be interested in stage managing a “show in Hamilton” on Saturday night. I said yes, never dreaming it was Cirlesque! And I’m thrilled to bits that I did!
Cirlesque was an amazing experience for me – there was quite a lot of responsibility if I’m honest, but I learned heaps and I loved meeting these wonderful performers who I’ve seen and admired from afar, and have now met and worked with in person.
Miss Polly Filla was the glorious MC for the evening – with a wit as razor-sharp as the wings of her eyeliner, she handled the crowd with aplomb and kept them amused with her lip-synching, joke-telling antics. I loved working with her – what a professional – and what a wardrobe!
Andre Vegas and his beautiful assistants (Andre Vegas & Company Magic and Illusion) did several magic acts, including doves, strait jacket escapes, head-sawing (!) and the like! They were a dream to work with; always ready to go before time and well and truly organised! Crowd participation was a big part of their acts and that’s always good fun to watch the audience being drawn in.
Venus Starr – now Venus is a performer whom I have wanted to see perform live for such a long time now – I saw her once in Auckland at Diamond Carousel and she was fantastic; at Cirlesque Venus performed two acts – hoops and aerial silks. Watching Venus in motion is testament to what I imagine must be hours and hours and in fact, years and years, of practice and honing her art. Venus is petite yet strong; beautiful yet tough and controlled yet graceful – it was utterly fantastic to watch the parts of her performance I got to see before I had to rush off to make sure the next act was ready!
I have been DYYYYING to see The Duchess de Berry‘s Wild Orchid act which she debuted at the NZ Burlesque Festival. Having seen her costume backstage, I can say it is even more stunning than an audience can even begin to appreciate. SOOO many sparkles, such attention to detail, so many fabulous and different components. And of course, there is The Duchess herself. Freakin’ gorgeous that girl! When Trillian was doing up her corset I could only marvel at how tiny her waist is – around 20″, depending on how tight she pulls the corset – that’s teeny-tiny! Anyway, her act was beautiful and elegant and visually spectacular. The girl is a talent for sure.
Samantha Amelia is a performer whom I have never seen before and it was an absolute delight to watch her unique combination of pole, burlesque and aerial hoop. Her lovely hair – a long, curly red mane, looked so beautiful in the spotlight and her petite frame belies the great deal of strength necessary to perform effectively on both pole and aerial hoop.
Throwing knives at your partner is not generally advisable, but The Death Do Us Part Danger Show (husband and wife team Rachel & Charlie Atlas) made it look so easy, albeit still very frightening! There must be an enormous level of trust between those two because I think it would take a HELL of a lot of persuading to do what Rachel does that’s for sure. I was really intrigued to learn that Charlie actually hand-makes the double-headed Viking axes he uses in their act.
Cirlesque was also the first opportunity I’d had to see the truly fabulous Trillian (Queen of the New Zealand Burlesque Festival 2014) perform live and she was A for Amazing! I loved her 20’s style and that girl can most certainly shake those “assels!” And what a friendly, relaxed person she is to chat to backstage as well – love Trillian!
And YAYYYY!!! I finally got to see MisRed perform in her gilded cage – and it was an absolutely beautiful, sexy-as-hell performance as well, thank you very much! MisRed is a world class performer, and another fabulous lady to chat backstage with. It was so nice to catch up with her and to watch her perform.
So as you can tell, it was a real privilege to be asked to stage manage Cirlesque – thank you to all the performers, stagehands and everyone involved who helped me – I hope I helped you too! Thanks so much for the opportunity.
PS: A big thanks to Mel Cherry Chambers who stage-managed Cirlesque on Friday night and gave me her notes and advice. Thank you so much!
And that, my friends, was Mumpty’s weekend of burlesque/cirlesque.
Last night I attended the final Crazy Diamond Burlesque Show for the year and what a cracker it was, with not only superb local talent but some fabulously inspirational national acts as well.
Mumpty loves seeing acts she’s never seen before and tonight was a goodie for that, with Volumptuous Twinkle, Anglebert Humpermink, The Pixie & The Goth and of course, the debut act from Obsidian (a debut which Simon Cowell in particular, had been looking forward to apparently!)
Setting the scene was the utterly fabulous Honey Suckle – I have never seen Honey Suckle perform before and what struck me straight away was her absolute confidence onstage – she OWNED that stage and I suspect she might have even been born there! Honey Suckle was the winner of the international scholarship at the recent NZ Burlesque Festival and I can see why. She was so inspiring to watch; fabulous facials and girl has the mooooves!
Obsidian’s debut performance was next. Now if you don’t know Obsidian, he is very modest, and he shyly told us all out the back that his debut performance had been described as “The most highly anticipated debut performance in modern times” (Simon Cowell) and “a must-see event that will truly enrich your life” (Dalai Lama) – amongst other things! I am pleased to say, it was VERY entertaining – Obsidian did a wonderful job strutting his stuff and another man/boylesquer is always welcome on the scene! Well done Obsidian – Mumpty looks forward to seeing many more performances. Just imagine how you will be when you come out of your shell!!!
Miss Ooh La La Paree is a seasoned performer and never fails to give it her all, meaning the audience can always be assured of a treat when she sashays onto the stage. This time was no exception, but what really knocked Mumpty’s socks off was her costume! Un-freakin-believable! It really and truly was a visual spectacular from start to finish – that cape. Ooooooh! This costume has been almost three years in the making I believe and Miss Ooh La La has been working closely with the incredibly talented Judy Dee of CurvyCouture to bring it to it’s glorious final state. As Honey Suckle said backstage, however, “a burlesque costume is never finished” and Judy has a few alterations in mind – but honestly – WOW doesn’t even BEGIN to describe it! The beautiful gloves were bedazzled by the fabulous Holly Dai who was recently in New Zealand performing at the NZ Burlesque Festival.
Talented local duo The Goth & The Pixie were next up. Young, gorgeous, kooky and hauntingly good, they performed two pieces (the first one I kinda missed unfortunately as I was out the back) – the second was a cover of Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Game” and I could have listened all night. I really enjoy these interludes – they provide a nice foil for the burlesque acts.
Hailing from Wellington, Volumptous Twinkle was another act that was new-to-Mumpty – bawdy and hilarious, Volumptuous Twinkle was an absolute star. I LOVED her (very wicked) costume (which I got the opportunity to see up-close backstage) and I could tell from the audience’s laughter, so did they!
Mumpty loves a bit of burlesque comedy, and Ms Tittle Tattle’s “Mek us a brew” was funny, innovative and clever. Most of the other acts I’ve seen Ms Tittle Tattle perform are classic and sultry, so it was awesome to see her draw yet another weapon in her performance arsenal! Love Ms Tittle Tattle – she’s sassy, sexy and now funny as well!
Act two kicked off with the glorious Honey Suckle’s second act – this time performing her much-anticipated “Magic Bunny.” Prop placement caused a bit of consternation out back for the stage kittens and me, but the stage kittens were absolutely wonderful and got everything set just perfectly so Honey Suckle’s act went like clockwork. It was an amazing act full of energy, vibrancy and again – she just exuded confidence on stage. Honey Suckle is THE.BOMB.DIGGITY! Also – act one; started with an apple; act two – a carrot. Go figure. And … an imaginative use of balloons by Honey Suckle!
I’ve seen Miss Ooh La La perform this act before and I love it every time! It really showcases her comic sense of timing and the incredible facials she makes crack me up every time. And those pasties (“Bad” and “Girl”) are a delight!
Glamilton burlesquer, Miss Mollie Tov, shimmied her way onto the stage through the audience, where she proceeded to bombard it with glitter! Glitter, fans and a bit of “Sway” never goes astray right?!
Back to her sassy, sexy best with this one … Ms Tittle Tattle had the audience spellbound with her cheeky teasing and superb tassel-twirling – no wonder she won the Biggest Tease award at The Grand Tease recently! Her costume was beautiful and she looked incredible – big ups to you Ms Tittle Tattle!
All good things have to end, and drawing the show to it’s magnificent close was the hilarious, and ever-so-sexy Anglebert Humpermink. Profusely hairy and delightfully portly, Angelbert could only be described as sex-on-a-stick – an absolute sidesplittingly funny, joy to watch!
A final mention now to the wonderful, wonderful MC for the evening – Fiasco Belle. I loved the way she pulled the show together with wit, charm, some tragic (but funny!) jokes and her own engaging character. Fiasco – you were truly brilliant and I hope to see A LOT more of you in the MC role in future.
Big thanks also to our brilliant stage kittens Aly Cat and Miss Scarlett Soiree, who did their jobs sooo well and kept everything humming onstage. I feel like the importance of the role of stage kitten is underestimated sometimes and these girls rocked it.
And last but not least … Mumpty – on her way to stage-manage the last Crazy Diamond show for 2015. I couldn’t find any good pics so I tried to do something vaguely interesting with this one! Do.not.look.at.the.wonky.lipstick.
Wow … so it’s been a year since I finally got my act together, stopped procrastinating and started a little blog called MumptyStyle.com.
Having MumptyStyle has bought some fabulous people and lots of new knowledge and experiences into my life and I’m very grateful for that. Having a blog is a lot more work than I expected, but also a lot more fun!
So for this little Happy Birthday post I’ve decided to do a quick prize-giving. A prize-giving you ask? Yes – a prize-giving. So, without further ado, here goes:
This Saturday night just past, saw Mumpty attend the first heat of Tease & Trouble Productions’ Grand Tease NZ. Held at The Meteor Theatre, it was an absolute highlight on Glamilton’s burlesque calendar and I was very excited to be the Door Dolly, which is an arduous job consisting of taking tickets and selling merch!
Tease and Trouble Productions is the glamorous vehicle of the fabulous duo, Ruby Ruin and Bonita Danger Doll. The Grand Tease is a new initiative in which they celebrate New Zealand’s burlesque talent in the classiest and fabulous-ist way possible! (Note: both Ruby and Bonita appeared in Mumpty’s Pinup December – see here for Ruby’s day and here for Bonita’s.)
Firstly, a quick overview of the Grand Tease format – and by the way, you can visit their Facebook page here. The Glamilton show consisted of ten contestants; each of whom performed a classic burlesque routine in the first half; followed by a neo burlesque routine in the second. There was a People’s Choice award, and the three judges made the overall decision as to which two performers go through to The Grand Tease Finale in Christchurch on the 1st of August. They were also able to choose a “wildcard” performer to go through.
The gorgeous and extremely capable judges were: Honey L’Amour, MisRed and Leda Petit, and believe me, they had a very difficult job to do on the night! They were fortunate though, to be regularly plied with alcohol by the delightful Piotr – but more on him later!
Let the show begin …
First up was Ivan the Red; the show’s only boylesquer. I love watching boylesque – it’s so athletic – and acrobatic – and there’s just not enough of them! Ivan the Red did two rocking performances, and took away the title of “Most Terrifying” at the end of the evening! I wonder if that had anything to do with the fact he drew blood by whipping himself with a studded belt?
Azure D’Murre’s Highway Woman routine is perhaps my favourite burlesque routine EVER. It’s clever, entertaining and fabulous – just like Azure. Full-stop. Azure was presented with the coveted “Best Boobs” award!
Saucy, sexy and confident, Ms Tittle Tattle really lived up to the Grand Tease billing of the show in her performance for the the classic burlesque section. Her Minsky Girl performance was a refreshing interlude amongst the Neo section – it’s a great poem (I guess you’d call it a poem – or maybe an ode?) and I love watching her perform it. Ms Tittle Tattle took out the Grand Tease Runner Up title as well as the “Biggest Tease” award.
Another first-timer for Mumpty – as in the first time I’ve seen Vola Tile perform. She did a great job, and what an absolutely gorgeous girl she is! She trained at the Bambina Burlesque Academy with the fab Lilly Loca I believe, so that’s got to be in her favour for sure! Vola Tile was presented with the “Best Bed Eyes” award, which she ably demonstrated on request at the prize-giving ceremony!
In my head, I dance like Coney Bow. Sadly, that is far from reality, but if dreams were real, then that’s how Mumpty would roll – or dance, actually. Huge shout-out to this gorgeous woman; first time I’ve seen her perform IRL and sign me up for more is all I can say! She really is, quite simply, superb! And for that reason, I was thrilled to bits when she received the wildcard vote and will be dancing her little sox off once again at the finale of The Grand Tease in Christchurch. Coney took out the “Dazzling Dancer” award, and my god – she so is!
Miss Kitty Rose did two things that stood out to Mumpty onstage … which is not to say all the other things she did weren’t fabulous too of course! Number one: she had those fan things with the traily bits of fabric hanging off them and she used them so beautifully and so effectively with regard to the music that I was a little bit in awe. (If you pop onto her Facebook page, she has uploaded a video so you can see what I mean.) And secondly, she stood on a chair – in high heels – sounds like a simple thing, but I can tell you it is not – and it was a GREAT way to end an act. Well done Miss Kitty Rose! She was presented with the “Best Newbie” award at the end of the evening.
This was the first time I’d seen Madam Mutiny perform and I hope it won’t be the last. She was fabulous – lots of sass for her neo routine, with lots of sensuality for her classic routine – can’t go wrong with that combo now can you?! Madam Mutiny was presented with two highly-coveted awards; “Best Costume” and “Best Butt.” Pinnacle reached!
I.never.ever.get.sick.of.Ruby.Spice! I think I must be one of Ruby’s biggest fans – she never ceases to bust out superb routines, and her “Born to Be Wild” act is freakin’ awesome! Obviously I’m not the only one to love Ruby Spice; she won Glamilton’s Grand Tease heat; as well as being awarded “Best Surprise” and the “People’s Choice.” Gooooooo Ruby – you rock! Glamilton represent!
Ms Ruby Rebel was also a new performer to Mumpty and I really enjoyed both her classic and her neo performances. She is most certainly one to be watched; something which Bonita and Ruby Ruin were obviously aware of as they presented her with the “Most Potential” award, which is a very cool one to receive if you ask me!
Well – what can you say about someone who can pull off an en pointe swan routine; followed by a hip-hopping, rainbow-tressed unicorn/My Little Pony routine? I read a couple of days before the show that Miss Bettsy Rose Lee’s husband made a comment along the lines of “well, they certainly won’t have seen you like that before.” Quite right Mr Swainson – that wife of yours? Never.fails.to.surprise(in a good way!)
And finally … Piotr from Uzbekoslavia. My favourite-ist MC EVER. Like any audience member in their right mind, I am somewhat scared of Piotr – well, put it this way – I would SURE AS HELL NEVER ATTEMPT TO HECKLE HIM! Ain’t no one gonna win that but Piotr! He is rude, crass and at times, forgetful (he blames it on the acid!) but at the same time, simply.bloody.hilarious! And loveable.
Funny thing happened … when I tried to upload the picture above of Piotr to my blogging programme, this is what I got:
I found that somewhat amusing, and I’d like to think Piotr might as well! Anyway … if you get a chance to see a show where Piotr is the MC – like Nike says – just do it!
So that brings me to the end of my long and picturesque review of the first heat of The Grand Tease NZ. I hope you enjoyed it.
And because you can never shout-out to sponsors too often, here they all are. Thank you for helping make The Grand Tease such a fabulous event! And lastly, to Danni Morgan – what a brilliant stage kitten/stage assistant she is! So lovely to meet you Danni.
Wow … for once, Mumpty is nearly speechless! ** Warning** pic-heavy post – but when it comes to burlesque, those are the best posts right?! For the record, all images in this post were taken by the truly marvellous, burlesque photographer extraordinaire, David Rowe from David Rowe Photography – just book him!
I have been to many a burlesque show over the last few years, but this one, featuring the internationally famous, Miss Dirty Martini, was one INCREDIBLE show! Not only did Dirty herself prove from the very first second she stepped on the stage, why she has the massive following she does, but the other performers sparkled their little hearts out as well! (To read about when Mumpty actually met Dirty IRL, click here.)
FYI, for what it’s worth, Cabaret Royale was held at Glamilton’s premiere burlesque venue, Altitude Bar on the 17th of April!
For the first time I’ve ever seen, there was actually a queue waiting outside to get into the venue before it started – aaaah the power of the international phenomenon that she is, Miss Dirty Martini!
The evening was MC’d by the gloriously, hilariously outrageous Felicity Frockaccino – she of the comic-clad statuesque figure and the towering heels that she managed to haul herself up on to the stage in, more times than I think was safe! The bartender, Zac, was the somewhat unwilling object of Ms Frockaccino’s affections – it was very, very funny to watch him squirm – but actually he handled the attention incredibly well! I wonder how often Ms Frockaccino really does get beaten up after the show though?!
Aside from being a rather superb MC, Felicity Frockaccino also performed a fabulous little number in the second half of the show that had Mumpty and her bestie, Miss Monique Sweet, in fits of laughter!
The show was opened by recently-formed Glamilton troupe, The Gorgeous Glamiltonians, who performed a beautiful, colourful and cheeky Four Seasons routine – which was a tribute to Dirty Martini herself. The Gorgeous Glamiltonians choreographed the piece and took some of their inspiration, particularly for the fan work, from a group fan act Dirty did a while ago.
The routine was fan-based with a troupe feel to it, complimented by individual performances. As one audience member put it later, it was a visual symphony! The Gorgeous Glamiltonians troupe is made up of:
Now I can’t remember the exact order of the routines that followed, so I’m just going to mention them all and hope I don’t get it too far wrong!
The gorgeous Miss Cherry Lashes performed a fabulous, gold-inspired routine – the pièce de résistance of which was when she smeared herself in gold paint – a very theatrical moment indeed! Well done Miss Cherry Lashes!
Belly dancing made it’s shimmy-ing, sexy self well-known in the fabulous routine performed by Leggy Luna Lucy. Now Felicity Frockaccino informed the audience this was Miss Lucy’s last performance – I most certainly hope that is not the case! Leggy Luna Lucy is a brilliant performer and the audience was wowed by a super-funky routine where that booty was shaken and stirred like the very best martini (did you see how I made that link here?!)
We were also treated to a wonderful routine by the lady who was clever enough to bring Miss Dirty Martini to New Zealand; Catherine Smith (Owner; Caburlesque International, Director; Miss Burlesque NZ) who performed as Sadie, a very sexy and somewhat naughty Cleaning Lady!
Glamilton performer, Pussy Gallorez performed her fire-inspired routine and released a shower of red glitter onto the stage (and other places too I believe, but we won’t go into that here!)
Burlesque diva and Miss Burlesque NZ 2012, Miss Bettsy Rose Lee, performed her mega-popular, multi-award-winning Cupcake Odyssey routine – I’ve seen it a few times now and I don’t think I’ll ever get sick of it! Any routine that ends with the performer stuffing her face with cake and sprinkles has got my vote!
Queen of the Cards, Cherie D’Bauche, is a Rotorua-based performer, and I have not seen her perform before. I really enjoyed her card-inspired routine and I thought her costuming was gorgeous. I look forward to seeing her perform again some time soon.
And then … and then … it was the long-awaited turn of the magnificent Miss Dirty Martini (and not before some heckling from the audience, which Ms Frockaccino handled with the tact and sophistication we had come to expect from her!)
What can I say about Dirty’s act? It was a mastery of comedic burlesque and demonstrated all the components necessary for a good routine (as identified by Dirty at dinner – see here if you don’t know what I’m talking about.) Aside from all that, it was visually stunning; Dirty is hilarious; her timing is impeccable and she is just THAT.BLOODY.GOOD! A true burlesque superstar! Dirty performed her infamous Swan Routine, and it was, quite simply, brilliant. That is a very inappropriate swan by the way **insert lascivious wink here**
My only complaint? We needed MORE DIRTY!
So that, my friends, was how it was to be in the audience of a Dirty Martini Burlesque Show – in short – fabulous!
It was great to see so many new faces in the audience – obviously Dirty’s fame has spread as far as Glamilton! There were also some familiar faces and it was just as good to see them – and a special mention of our newly-crowned Miss Pinup NZ 2015 – Bettie Rage.
This gorgeous pinup/burlesque performer is the recently-married and fresh-back-from-her-honeymoon, Miss Bettsy Rose Lee. I’d like to wish her and her husband a happy and sparkly marriage and all the love in the world! I’m so pleased to feature Miss Bettsy Rose Lee here on Pinup December.
What Miss Bettsy Rose Lee is most proud of this year… (in her own words) “Winning two Golden Garters at this year’s New Zealand Burlesque Festival was a huge shock and honour, especially the award for Favourite Routine!
I was also thrilled with the productions I have been involved in creating this year. Three successful Crazy Diamond Burlesque shows at the mighty Meteor Theatre here in Glamilton which I co-produced with my two best friends and of course, the biggest production of my life – my wedding! (Click here to read about her Hen’s Night – Mumpty)
Bettsy’s Christmas memory: “coming home from Midnight Mass to discover that Santa had been and being allowed to open my presents at about 1am! Brilliant really, as we all got to sleep in on Christmas morning!”
Miss Bettsy Rose Lee’s charity of choice … is Nvader.
So … it’s the last day of November which means it’s time for the monthly roundup! (Apologies to anyone who might have already seen this – I must have unknowingly published it three days ago!)
November on MumptyStyle featured lots of burlesque with a smattering of fiction and makeup! Herewith the top five most popular posts for November – in order this time. (Well actually, there are six because two posts came in with the same number of views, so I’ve included them both!)
# 1 – The Grand Dame of New Zealand Burlesque My interview with Miss Chevious Cinders was one of the most popular blog posts I’ve written to date. Click here to read about Cindy’s amazing transformation from male to female and how burlesque changed her life.
# 2 – A Burlesquin’ Bachelorette Bash … My review of the amazing burlesque show that was Miss Bettsy Rose Lee’s Hen’s Night proved popular with readers too! It was an amazing night – I hope if we ever get around to getting married, that I have something cool like that too! Click here to read all about it!
# 3 – The A-Z of NZ Burlesque (two part series) I LOVED writing this two-part series, so I was very pleased that people seemed to like reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it! Click here to read part one and here to read part two.
# 4 – Fifty make-uppy things to do with a cotton bud … Really people, really?! When I wrote this I thought it was a light-hearted, kind of silly post … but lots of people read it!!! I’m still learning about my “audience” (gosh that sounds conceited!!!) … so I find all the statistics WordPress gives you soooooo interesting! Anyway … click here to find out 50 make-uppy things you can do with a cotton bud!
# 5 equal: The mystery of why six girls ended up on a beach in the middle of nowhere … One of my favourite things to do is to pick a photo I like, and then write about it! And that’s what I did for this post and it made the top five for November, so I’m pretty proud of that!
# 5 equal: My quick-fire Q&A with Teer Wayde … my pinup idol! Click here to read what Teer had to say.
And that’s my November roundup folks! I hope you enjoyed it! Can’t wait for the December roundup – it’s going to be GORGEOUS!
A couple of weekends ago I was lucky enough to attend the Bountiful Bachelorette Bash of Glamilton diva and Miss Burlesque NZ 2011, Miss Bettsy Rose Lee. And I’m jolly pleased I did, because it was a show that not only honoured the gorgeous bride-to-be in the most glamourous and exuberant way, but gave us, the audience, a damm good night out!
The Bountiful Bachelorette Bash at Glamilton’s Meteor Theatre was a Crazy Diamond production, organised by Miss Bettsy Rose Lee herself, in conjunction with her wonderful bridesmaids, Azure D’Murre and Miss Ooh La La Paree and ably stage-managed (and kittied!) by the delightful Lady La Rouge.
When I saw the glorious lineup of talent advertised, I jumped at Azure D’Murre’s request that I be “Door Dolly” for the evening – I am all over any opportunity to get glammed up and enjoy a burleyQ/theatre-ish evening out!
Fun fact:Glamilton is considered one of burlesque’s “hot spots” – due in no small part to Miss Bettsy Rose Lee’s contribution to the scene.
I always love the backstage buzz before a show, and this one was no exception; there was glitter and feathers and sequins and champagne and sparkles backstage – all the usual burlesque accoutrements – and an explosion of colour! Bettsy herself was dressed and ready to go well ahead of time, and my goodness, she looked divine!
The show was MC’d by the magnificent Glorious Ole who, “believe me” did a wonderful job of combining slightly bawdy and risqué humour with touching sentimental asides for Miss Bettsy Rose Lee. She also treated us to a medley of “One Singular Sensation” (from A Chorus Line) and “You Are So Beautiful.”First up, naturally, was the bride-to-be herself who performed her routine to “I’m in love with a wonderful guy” in a bridal gown! Now I know for a fact that Miss Bettsy Rose Lee only finalised her routine the day before. The reason I mention this is because it absolutely astounds me that someone can do that! I guess that’s where a lifetime of theatre and dance comes in; if I tried that I would be absolutely terrified! Miss Bettsy Rose Lee’s fiance was in the audience and it was lovely to see the interaction between the two throughout her routine. After she had performed, Miss Bettsy Rose Lee was seated on the couch/throne where she and her fiance enjoyed cupcakes and she was presented with a very special cake in the shape of a doll! In the pic below she blows out her candles while her amused fiancé, Richard, looks on!
The exuberant Lady Gee performed her hilarious and raunchy Rocky Horror “Sweet Transvestite” act – her cheeky style always appeals to the audience and Miss Bettsy’s Bachelorette Bash was all the better for her raunchy contribution!
The wonderful Qteas Teas performed a fabulous routine, “Mogwai to Gremlins” that included green paint being smeared over her body and ended with the floor being COVERED in glitter – always the sign of a good routine in my opinion! In my mind, she will be hereforth referred to as “Glitterpants!” Azure D’Murre debuted a stunning new act to “13 Men” and a GORGEOUS new costume (a beautiful tangerine colour which is a departure from Azure’s normal blue wardrobe but very pretty indeed) – in which, as usual, she looked spectacular! Azure’s routines are always full of sass and attitude and I love that they end in fabulous tassle-twirling – as I mentioned in this A-Z of Burlesque, Azure is the best tassle-twirler I know! There is a bit of a story behind Azure’s act … “13 Men” was the song that Miss Bettsy Rose Lee performed in her first ever public burlesque outing. Azure had encouraged Bettsy to revive that routine several times over the years, and in the end got sick of waiting and decided to revive it herself! And what a great job she did! And another of Azure, because I can! Check out the lovely gold chain detail.
Fiasco Belle gave an outstanding rendition of “Lilac Wine.” She has the most beautiful, soulful voice and was ably accompanied by her musical partner on the guitar. Another fabulous performance that enhanced the evening, ensuring there was “something for everyone” in the audience.
Sister act, The Ginger Kisses peformed what for me, was the standout routine of the evening – I absolutely bloody loved it! They performed the song “I just can’t do it alone” from the musical Chicago – you know, the one Catherine Zeta-Jones performed when her sister “died”? It was hilarious, cheeky and fun-filled and they worked together SO well that you would swear they’d been performing it together for ages. Such talent … their Mum attends all the shows her gorgeous girls are in (Lady Gee and Ruby Spice are The Ginger Kisses and are real-life sisters!) and I know she is rightly very proud!And another one ‘cos they were just THAT cool! Di Va performed two highly energetic and fierce acts (Grand Medley and All About that Anaconda”) – phew, I was exhausted just watching her shake that booty! Her hardcore dance music and routines provided an excellent contrast to some of the more traditional burlesque routines performed by the other girls. Love that variety! Ruby Spice was her usual gorgeous and sexy self as she performed “Love for the Bump & Grind” – that girl sure has “sensual” nailed! Ruby’s always a pleasure to watch as she interacts with the audience so well. I think she’s one of those girls all the boys want, and all the girls want to be!
I have never had the privilege of watching Leggy Luna Lucy perform before and I am SO pleased that situation has now been remedied! She is an AMAZING performer; cheeky, sensual and with a knockout body that she sure knows how to rock! She gave a polished performance and her fanwork was nothing short of spectacular! I loved the way she drew the happy couple in … just brilliant. She performed two acts; “Mein Herr” and “Dance Around the World.”
Brilliant diva Ms Tittle Tattle, resplendent and gorgeous in purple, performed an “Ode to Burlesque” a beautiful poem for which we don’t know who to credit! It was given to Ms Tittle Tattle to perform, without credit, some months ago, so if you do know where it came from, we’d love to hear! Ms Tittle Tattle was accompanied by her husband, Simon Crowfoot, on bass. This wonderful duo delivered an enchanting performance in an unusually “demure” act for Ms Tittle Tattle – again, love to see that variety in a show, and in a performer.
The Grand Dame of NZ burlesque, Miss Chevious Cinders performed her new “pirate” routine, which was hilarious – that is a very cheeky and often very rude, bird! I love watching Cindy perform – she’s such a character and (no pun intended) she FLYS by the seat of her pants and manages to pull it off every time!
And last, but certainly not least, to close the show, was the aptly-named Miss Ooh La La Paree – Chic, Unique and Magnifique with her energetic and dazzling rendition of Katy Perry’s “Firework” song! The gorgeous sparkly props she liberally handed out to Miss Bettsy Rose Lee and the audience members made for a blast of colour, sparkle and audience participation … she is often referred to as a “firecracker” or “pocket rocket” and this routine demonstrated why! What a glorious way to end the show!
So there you have it … a rundown of the fabulous event that was the celebration of Miss Bettsy Rose Lee’s final days as a single woman! I’d like to take this opportunity to wish her and her husband a magical marriage full of love, laughter and all the things they each love – together, and as the gorgeous couple they are! The curtain call (left to right) … Glorious Ole, Miss Ooh La La Paree, Ms Tittle Tattle, Leggy Luna Lucy, Di Va, Azure D’Murre, Ruby Spice, Lady Gee, Miss Chevious Cinders, Fiasco Belle, Qteas Teas.
All photos were taken by the magical David Rowe from David Rowe Photography. Check out David’s website here and his Facebook page here.
And because I can, here is a photo of yours truly on her way to be Door Dolly! It was so much fun to dress up and to see the rest of the audience dolled up to the nines as well. I’d like to make special mention of the gentleman dressed in a Steampunk ensemble – he looked fantastic!
These are the things Mumpty loves this week – 14/11/2014
♥ Nivea In-Shower Smooth Lotion Skin Conditioner
As Kirsty from Makeup Obsessives would say, “I bloody love this stuff!” And I do! I got it as part of my Black Box package and so far, I am very impressed. You know how you get out of the shower, dry yourself off, then mositurise your legs, arms etc – and then you to wait for a while before you put your clothes on because the moisturiser is still a bit sticky? Nuh-uh – not with this stuff. It’s kind of a weird concept, but basically what you do is use your normal body wash in the shower, rinse it off and then in the shower, while you’re still wet, you apply this stuff (and it’s goes on SO easily) and then rinse it off, hop out of the shower (or you can just get out – you don’t have to hop!) and dry yourself. Done! No waiting around; no sticky legs; you just get dressed and you’re good to go! Perfect! And it really does moisturise too, which is handy given that’s what it claims to do!
♥ Bombshell Burlesque (Glamilton)This is my burlesque class and I LOVE spending my Wednesday evenings at class – I get to dress up and strut around posing and having lots of fun with my fellow class members – and, of course, our brillant Head Mistress, Ms Tittle Tattle. If you’re in Glamilton, come along … you will love it! If you have always been curious about burlesque but haven’t tried it – I urge you to get along to a local class and give it a go. I swear there’s a good chance it will change your life. I wrote a post about how it changed mine here. Mwahhhh!
♥ Chocolate Box Sparkling Shiraz
Now I’m not normally a red wine drinker, but a couple of years ago we were given a bottle of this as a gift, along with the promise that it would “totally convert you.” And my goodness, it did! I still don’t drink red wine, but I do drink this! It’s an Australian sparkling shiraz made from premium Barossa grapes and in my professional sommelier’s opinion, it’s YUM! (That’s a technical wine term!) They’re billing it as the perfect wine to accompany your Christmas turkey and ham and also as the perfect drop to leave out for Santa. Sorry Santa … it won’t be hanging round on the mantelpiece at our place! Retail price is approx. NZ$29.99
♥ Miss Bettsy Rose Lee’s Bountiful Bachelorette Bash! Over the weekend I was lucky enough to be “Door Dolly” at local Glamilton diva, Miss Bettsy Rose Lee’s Bountiful Bachelerette Bash! It was a fabulous show and a wonderful way to celebrate her last few days of single life! Miss Bettsy has allowed me to write about it on next week’s blog, so I won’t say any more *wink* (Photo by David Rowe Photography)
♥ One of my long-time favourite blogs: Yes and Yes
Sarah von Bargen’s “Yes and Yes – because Yes is more fun than No” is one of the most enjoyable blogs I follow. I’ve followed her for about three years now and that’s a testament to a) her content; b) her professionalism and sense of humour and c) the frequency with which she posts. Sarah is a very talented writer and an international traveler – check her blog out for awesome features like “True Story: …” Web Time Wasters, Network of Nice and lots of cool discussions on travel, business, blogging, fashion, food and just being generally awesome!
♥ My “local” – Punnet CafeLocated just five minutes from home, Punnet Cafe is an essential stop on my way to work and has been for a good couple of years now! They serve great coffee and food; it’s a gorgeous place (and even better now having undergone extensive renovations recently) and the staff and owners are awesome! Check out their Facebook page here … this weekend they’re having their big Strawberry Farm Festival to celebrate the new season; the strawberries being available and the opening of the new playground and renovations. There is also a truly fabulous grocery and collectible store as part of the complex – their Facebook page is here.
And to round up MumptyLoves this week … the Louboutins!
The Justinodo by Christian Louboutin – aren’t they gorgeous?! The bows are killer and I love the gold accent at the back.