Nerdgasm Cast Memories from Fringe 2016

Oh memories, we love them, especially when they are recorded because a few hours from now life happens and our minds become immersed in the next big thing! Speaking of which, a couple of months have passed since our exciting Nerdgasm show at Indy Fringe Festival 2016. Before things start getting Strange, let’s look back on some of our favorite cast memories….


dsc_1513Sadie Seirēn: “Katie making my costume while I vented about men… Also watching naked girls clean up a flood.”
Napoleon Brokenhearts: “Fucking flood.”

Cora Noire: “The increasing violence in Jem. Sadie Seirēn rode me like a pony one night.”
Sadie: “Cora, you liked it”

Cora Noire: “Also, weirdest game of tetris, trying to fit our props in that tiny box.”

Gwen De’Lyn: “Mona ripping my pasties off and trying to pass it off as “helping” me switch costumes. 😧 😒”
Katie Angel: “I saw that! That looked so painful!
Gwen De’Lyn: “Mona is a bitch…”

Cora Noire: “Dawn A’Tella titty bombing everyone the last show!”




Karma D’Light: “Christina Arabesqua stood for four hours naked as others helped her create her costume.”
Christina Arabesqua: “And Belle Breeze told this story at every show”
Selina Prince:  “I told the pizza guy he just missed the naked chick!”

Frankie Spanxx: “Katie Angel in that blond wig! Two routines, both boys, no need for big show girl make up. Smart lady!”



Belle Breeze: “The flood began immediately after I mentioned how nice it was to work in a theatre without a leaking roof.”
Cora Noire: “So, you’re saying it’s your fault?”
Belle Breeze: “I’m saying that my powers are apparently greater than even I know.”

Max Maneater: “I forgot my wig, but thank god Sadie Seirēn had a random one laying around that she just happened to bring with her.”

nerdgasm6-pesky-145Cora Noire: “This was like, the show of wigs. The last night I wore three different wigs. And I did not recognize Max Maneater in her wig and super fashionable clothing.”


nerdgasm6-pesky-087Kristy Kryptonite: “Dawn A’Tella making her stage debut and being on a high for a week after. She also was designated in charge of pinching Frankie Spanxx’s butt before each show from now on.”

Frankie Spanxx: “Me asking Cora and Dawn A’Tella and Selina and Sadie and Katie….. Everyone to play with my butt. #garterbelts”

Frankie Spanxx: “Boots before corset!”

Kristy Kryptonite: “Belle Breeze being speechless at Dawn A’Tella’s tittie bomb.

Ivory FleurTini: “That one guy with the glasses from Louisville from that one night who was so into every single routine and had the best reactions.”

Tit Vicious: “Jay & Silent Bob, just the whole thing! Though the end where they gave Graham Watson the pants donuts and he ate them was fantastic.”

Napoleon Brokenhearts: “Katie texted me at work and asked if I could kitten for the show one night and I just “happened” to have rainbow underwear and a unicorn shirt with me for such an emergency situation. Doesn’t everyone carry around cute underwear? ❤️”


Napoleon Brokenhearts: “Also mopped in my underwear and knee high boots for two hours and I may have unknowingly made the guy I was mopping with slightly uncomfortable… But I didn’t really think much about it. I mean, there was work to do (and I usually clean naked anyway) 😝”

Cora Noire: “I feel like this could be a lucrative business.”


So many memories, so little time. Did you see us at Fringe 2016? What were your favorite moments?

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Giving Props to Our Costume/Props!

A Simple hand sewn bag to a full sized coffin and ziplock bags full of who knows what in between. Is this another burlesque storage story? Some of our subject matter may require ALOT of storage but today we’re talking about costumes & props!

One performer in particular comes to mind where props are concerned; Blanche DeBris graced us with her fabulous Sound of Music in Six Minutes act at our Honey B’s Bourbon Boylesque Show; talk about amazing prop usage! And while the Angels may not be making mountains out of their “hills”, they use props of all sizes, shapes and kinds. Here we share some of our most memorable.





Napoleon Brokenhearts
Sugar mirrors for my evil queen routine… I didn’t mean to make the kittens have melt downs






Karma D’Light
Holding a gun while touching yourself attempting to be sexy…awkward. But I did it!



Selina Prince
The most fun I had with a prop was making a costume out of the silk from the veil poi and a silk belly dance scarf. I loved the element of surprise but was terrified the silks would tangle.

The hardest costume was stay puft marshmallow man. I had to come in 45 minutes early every night and blow up and fill 20 balloons for the costume each night. So that was easily 80 balloons for the nerdgasm run….not counting all the tester balloons.
Another really hard prop to deal with was having two giant ziplock bags taped to the middle of me from my back to stomach…arm pit to waist and holding in the bloody parts and intestine boa the bags contained so Cora could murder me!!!!


Performer Formerly Known as Bridgitte Petite
When I did my Corn on the Cob balloon pop, the rest of the cast took bets on how many times I’d stab myself with my (very sharp) balloon-popper. I think it was fewer than 5 for the run, so neener-neener-neener.
“I think Jada Bella won that bet. We actually put money on it.” – Katie Angel





Ginger Peach
Most challenging to make was Shredder but learning to use the magic tricks for Zatanna was an endeavor too. The Shredder costume armor was made entirely from scratch with craft foam sheets, gesso and paint. I didn’t have a template to guide the shapes or anything, so I just had to go with trial and error.





Frankie Spanxx
The bathtub is awkward and I had no idea how to make it. Luckily Lola LaVacious did it for me. My hairball and plunger are my favorite for crowd reaction. My Handbook for the Recently Deceased is the most authentic, (Thanks Mona S’Amor!) I use a lot of props!





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Minnie Ryder

One of the most challenging props I’ve made is R2D2 out of a trash can. I was completely stumped on how to attach his head to mine until Mona S’Amor suggested a helmet of some sort and her husband found one on the side of the road the very next day. Poor R2 has difficulties with his legs and pop off panels but he’s up for a reboot so will be getting some work done on his flying appendages.
The flower petals for my Cherry Blossom routine were also a labor of love. I’m sure there’s easier ways to attach thin shiny fabric to wire frames but I’m a sucker for trying to figure things out without the internet, whether that’s a good idea or not. lol!



Coty Foxfire
Evidently, Coty only uses chairs for props. I can’t really recall any props besides my “What’s This?” routine… and that was just a Santa bag (with goodies) that we sewed. Wah, wah…..



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Mona S’Amor

My biggest prop is my coffin. Found it at Goodwill, had to cut off the bottom and shorten the entire length so it could stand upright on stage at the 5th Quarter Lounge, also had to glue stuffing and fabric to the inside of it so it looked more…authentic. Standing inside it is a bitch. It’s a bit wobbly and I have to hold the door closed while in it so it doesn’t just swing open before my cue.




The beauty of performance art and burlesque is there is always another act to try something different, go bigger, smaller, or do something completely out of character! Who knows what kind of props we have in store for you this year…Guess you’ll need to come to our shows and find out!❤


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Backstage at Leap Year Vagina Show!

LYVagina2016 started out with a big…Vagina! If you happened to come out to the Leap Year Vagina show then you’ll know I’m referring to the seven foot vagina hand crafted by French Accent. Or maybe it’s a reference to the Vagina Symphony Orchestra conducted by hostess, Belle Breeze with dildo baton held high.  Whatever stood out the most for the audience in the show, rest assured, behind the scenes a great deal of planning was involved.  The level of brainstorming which goes into these seemingly batshit crazy ideas is pretty remarkable. Thanks to the leadership of Angel Burlesque Founder and CEO, Katie Angel, these crazy theatrical ideas come to life with each production, bigger, more outrageous, and of course, fully entertaining.

What makes these shows even more fun for the cast is the journey from idea to night of the production and all the weird conversations along the way.  Let’s take a look at some quotes about our Vagina Show.

JadaBellaLollyPop“Dang it! I always cookie on vagina”

“Just act like drunk Cora.”

“I’m getting very Julie McCoy domme vibe here.”

“If your labia are out, just make sure it’s a stylistic choice.”

“Where’s your vagina?”
“It’s wet so I put it in the bath”

“How dead should I be? What if I have to blink my eyes?”
“This is satire not CSI”

“Tie my vagina on tighter…overheard”

“Is that your box bumping into my butt?”

“My vagina is HUGE compared to everyone else’s!”

Katie: “Can you pin my clit to my forehead? Then pin my outer clit to my inner clit.
Does this look like bush?”


“I’m so sad I have to throw my vagina away.”
“I think it would make a striking wall hanging.”
“Yeah, but it smells like pee.”

“My cat peed on my vagina”

“I’m so naked. Where are my pants?! I’m so naked”

“I’ve got the Oreo! Already in the car with my vagina”

“I don’t want to look like m&m poop…”

“I have Christmas boooooobs!”

“I’ll be there. In my underwear.”

“Vagina Chorus–this is what you will do”


“Who needs the 7ft Vagina?”
“Who doesn’t?”

“think I may need to commission a vagina for my apartment. Just for decoration. And offerings.”

“I’m having problems assembling my vagina”

“That’s the most fabulous vagina I’ve ever seen”

I may or may not have confused my roommate by singing “My Vagina Is Eight Miles Wide” in the shower this morning.

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Getting to Know Jada Bella

JadaHandsLogoWhat inspired you to start burlesque?
I wasn’t actually inspired to do burlesque. My stage manager at DK asked me if I’d like to do a routine for a show she was producing. I didn’t even really know that much about burlesque other than it was a more theatrical form of taking your clothes off. HA! It showed that I didn’t know much about it with the first routine I put together, but I think I pulled it off and I loved it! It was such a different median for me as a classically trained professional dancer. I’d never thought about being a burlesque performer, but I’ve always had a love of glitter. So here I am, how ever many years later. I don’t get to perform much but it’s so rewarding when I do.

How did you pick your burlesque name?
So the first burlesque name I picked actually was Jill “put on your Sunday shoes” Godwin. The Sunday shoes is from a family guy episode and I thought it was funny. Then hearing it before my first routine, I was like, ummmmmm no that’s not going to work. I don’t want a bell to go off with people if they happened to have seen DK. So, I did some thinking. The name Jada came to mind because I remember my mom telling me that she was either going to name me Jillian or Jada. Bella is Italian for Beauty or beautiful. So I joined the two. I love it, it works, done deal.

How long have you been doing burlesque?
I seriously don’t know how long I’ve been wearing the pasties… 5 years I think. I believe I was 25 when I started so it’ll be going on 6 years.

 How have you changed, onstage and backstage in that time?
I’m exploring more outside of my comfort zone. I have a lot of dance training to always fall back on. So I’m trying to do more improv and not necessarily have a routine choreographed. I just recently did my first reverse strip which was super fun but also terrifying. People have always liked my chill energy backstage. I’ve been a performer and been on stage and off for a LONG time so I don’t get super jittery or nervous. I try to help others stay calm and try to be as goofy as possible.

What have some of your challenges been, as a performer?

Some of my challenges as a performer is just lack of money and time. I wish I had more time to devote and also more money to buy all the things. As an artist, we just don’t make a lot, so we supplement income by teaching dance, working at a garden center during the summers, I also teach aerial yoga. So it’s hard to find a good balance of what I’ve spent my entire life building (dance career, yes it is a career, no, it is not a hobby.) and my hobby (burlesque). I do know that when I retire from dance, I’d like to have more free time to go to festivals and workshops, perform outside of Indy. Sounds like a fun next step.


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Do you have any fur babies?
Yes, 3 fur babies, Picasso Poquito Del Aranjois Godwin, Lucy Girl, and Layla. 3 Fin babies, Les Paul, Gefilte Fish, and Atlantic Stanon Crush.

How do you feel about glitter?

What is your favorite kind of beer?
I’m a beer enthusiast actually. I go to beer fests and love going up to breweries. My favorite is an imperial IPA called Permanent Funeral from 3 Floyd’s. It’s up in Munster, IN. It’s so hobby and crisp. And it’s 10% ABV which is super high. You’re feeling pretty good after 2 pints. I remember one time, the Aristocrat Pub has some on tap and my boyfriend and I went and had like 5 each. We waited quite a while before we drove home. It’s that good.

Tell us about your favorite crafting and gardening projects.
I’ve always been a fan of crafting. I love rhinestoning even though I’m not that great at it. I’ve always enjoyed making jewelry, scarves, hats. I taught myself how to make dream catchers. I love making handmade candles. The only thing I really don’t like is sewing. Not for me, but mad respect for those that do. I’m obsessed with plants. I inherited a lot of my moms orchids and succulents, hibiscus’. I have a raised bed in the summertime for a veggie garden. They are like the children I will never have. Lol, no just kidding I will have kids someday.

If you could time travel with no consequences, where and when would you go?

JadaBella3Ahhh. Time travel. I might get a little deep here but that’s ok…. I think I’d go back to when my mom was still alive but on hospice. I wish I could’ve talked to her more. Ask her more questions. Tell her I loved her one more time. I think about her everyday and what I wish I could’ve/would’ve/should’ve done. Just one more hug and one more, I’ll see you on the other side.

What is your perfect Jeopardy board (6 topics that you’d kick ass in)?
Jeopardy board, oh yeah. My digs! Orchids, Ballet History, Famous Choreographers, Name that Aloe, Musicals, Beer!

If you could describe your essence as a flavor of ice cream, what flavor would you be?
First of all I love ice cream. If I could describe my essence as an ice cream flavor it would be lavender. I know weird right but I think it really does describe me. I’m fragrant, bold, soft, willowy, and resilient.

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Face Off-Face On with Angel Burlesque

Back again with more Angels baring all their face for a before/after transformation! Lola LaVacious, Frankie Spanxx, and Minnie Ryder share their pros and cons to getting their performance face on.

Lola LaVacious
Favorite part of makeup? Fav part is nailing down a character look and no matter how I’m feeling a great makeup face can put me in the right state of mind.

Least favorite? 
Least fav part is if I get literally anything in my eyes and it messes up a perfect liner job.

Favorite tool in the makeup kit?  Subtle contouring with Shimmer bronzer and highlighter really brings out my cheeks and eyes in pics and vids
Tips and Tricks?
  New things…eyebrows can really help form a character and polish up any look…go bigger with everything…it may seem garish close up but then stand as far away from the mirror and practice faces…if you can get a hint of what’s happening..neither can your audience…just play to see what suits you best.

Last Words? 
Invest in a brush set and learn how they all work…doesn’t need to be expensive at first…makes applying so much easier and precise…watch videos ask friends take workshops and have fun!


Frankie Spanxx
Favorite part of makeup? I love being able to transform into a different person while never leaving my bathroom. Plus it’s nice to hide my perpetual teenager skin!

Least Favorite?
I hate having to take it off at night!AngelBurlesque_frankie
Favorite tool in the makeup kit?  
I love my eyebrow pencil! I have blonde eyebrows and without that, I have no personality onstage! Also- glitter!

Tips or Tricks? 
 I am the last person to ask for make up advice. Go to a workshop with Belle Breeze and don’t be afraid to try New things!


Minnie Ryder
Favorite part of makeup?  I feel super glamorous after going through the process of getting my show face on.

Least Favorite?  It’s definitely a process to put my face on. I have to carve out some quality time for myself which is sometimes difficult with a family!

Favorite Tool in the makeup kit?  Fake eyelashes! They’re a pain to put on but oh what a difference they make!
Tips or Tricks? If you are not feeling confident in the makeup department, ask for help! Go to a workshop, watch videos, get on Pinterest and practice.

Last Words? Don’t expect to get your face perfect the first time…or the second…or a year later. It takes patience, time, and commitment. My show face is a work in progress and as long as I throw a bit of extra time and energy at it, there’s hope for me yet.🙂

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Getting to Know Christina Arabesqua

AB_Nerdgasm_028What inspired you to start burlesque?
I’ve always enjoyed dancing and there aren’t many dancing opportunities for adults. I saw the dancing audition for the Steampunk show and the rest is history.

How did you come up with your first routine?
I generally start with a song I like. I choreograph to that and figure out the costume and character later.

How did you pick your burlesque name?
Well I have a strong dance background so I like that Arabesqua is almost the dance term Arabesque.  I also like that Christina Arabesqua is a play on Christina Aguilera but for a dancer instead of a singer.

How long have you been doing burlesque?
About a year. I started just dancing with the troupe and slowly came into burlesque.

How have you changed, onstage and backstage in that time?
I’ve become more of a ‘performer’ instead of just a dancer. When I performed choreography that was created by someone else, I did the steps properly but didn’t put much emotion into my dancing. Now that I choreograph myself, I have a lot of fun adding personality and character to my routines.

What tips can you give aspiring performers?
Have faith in yourself and practice. I never perform anything that I haven’t had ample time to practice.

What have some of your challenges been, as a performer?
Costuming and hair are challenging for me. If I can get a solid idea for a costume, I can usually figure out how to create it, but coming up with those unique ideas is difficult for me.  I also have all this hair and can’t figure out how to do anything with it!
What’s your favorite part of burlesque?
I love that I can choreograph my own routines and perform them.

Are there any parts of burlesque you loathe?
The mess. When getting ready for a show I create the biggest messes in my workroom and the bathroom. I need to be more organized.

Do you have any fur babies?
I have two male Chihuahuas who are my babies. Spike (who is afraid of everyone and everything) and Peppy (who is mostly blind but supper friendly) are both 8 years old.

Tell us about creating choreography for yourself and for group routines. Is that something you enjoy? Where do you get your inspiration?
Choreography for me usually begins with a song that I like or a song that goes with an idea. I start just moving with the music and see if anything looks good in front of a mirror. If I get stuck, I go to YouTube videos for more inspiration. It is fun especially when you see that the audience enjoyed your end product but can also be frustrating if you just can’t find the right moves for sections of the routine.

You love to go on cruises! Tell us about that. Where have you been? What do you enjoy about cruising?
Cruises! I’ve been on 16. The 17th is booked for September. I need at least one a year but two is better. I love that they are budget friendly, you get to see different locations without changing your hotel room, and FOOD! I love food. All of your food is included with the price of the cruise so I usually gain a few pounds after every vacation. I’ve been to most of the Bahamas and Caribbean. Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Haiti, Jamaica, Belize, St Thomas, San Juan, Grand Turk and Honduras are some of the ports I’ve been to.
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If you could time travel with no consequences, where and when would you go?
The future. I wonder if people ever start treating each other better.

If you could have dessert with any three people, past or present, who would you choose?  
Grandma Jo and Grandma Carolyn. I miss them.

What is your perfect Jeopardy board (6 topics that you’d kick ass in)?
I would not kick ass at ANY Jeopardy board. I have the WORST memory!

Would you prefer to fly or be invisible?  Why?
Fly. I love to travel but I hate traveling! When are transporters going to be invented?

If you could describe your essence as a flavor of ice cream, what flavor would you be?
Melting chocolate because I’m sweet but messy.

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Getting to Know Sadie Seirēn

AndSadieWhat inspired you to start burlesque?
Katie Angel- growing up I always looked up to Katie. I admired her- she’s funny, sexy, and confident. Katie is different than the standard definition of beauty- and she’s fucking gorgeous exactly the way she is. I came out to a burlesque show and saw how confident and unstoppable she seemed, and it made me aspire to be that for myself.

How did you come up with your first routine?
I get really inspired by music. Sometimes an idea just hits me in the face, and it sticks. My first routine was actually a group- it was a song I had been singing for years and I could just see the routine in my head. My first solo routine was similar. I was listening to an album I’ve listened to for years, heard one of the songs, and it just fit in my head. I try not to force a routine out of something that doesn’t feel totally right; I try to stick with my intuition.

How did you pick your burlesque name?
Originally I wanted to be Sadie Hawkins, but it turns out there’s already a Sadie Hawkins Burlesquer. After a few shows of going by Sadie Skye, I talked with the Angels and we came up with Sadie Siren. Which is perfect for me, as I have always had a rather nerdy obsession with mythology. From there, I decided that Siren alone was too common and I wanted to use the original Greek spelling of Seirēn… Because I’m super annoying that way.

How long have you been doing burlesque?
It’s been about a year and a half since I’ve been performing with the Angels. For a few months I stuck to singing- it took a while for me to build up the courage to do a full strip.

How have you changed, onstage and backstage in that time?
I’ve been trying really hard to challenge myself. I often limit myself to comedic characters because that’s what I’m most comfortable portraying. But I’ve been challenging myself to more serious styles; like sultry!
I’ve gotten very confident about my body. (Almost too confident.) Three years ago I never would have left the house in a tank top or shorts. Now half of my wardrobe is cutoff tops and funky little skirts. Sometimes I even go braless… Free the boobies!!

What tips can you give aspiring performers?
I think the best performers have confidence and conviction in what they’re doing. In theatre we have a common saying, “if you make a mistake, at least make a big one.” As long as you just go for it, the audience will be right with you.

SadieSeiren2What’s been your most memorable onstage moment?
Non-Burlesque related- when the audience went crazy for me during my bows for Hairspray. I’d never felt so validated as a performer. That memory keeps me going when I get almost too afraid to perform.

Burlesque-wise, I’ll never forget how excited that random audience member was when I started singing a song from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I don’t know why, but his excitement really stuck with me.

Any embarrassing moments?
It’s not onstage, but it happened while getting ready to go on stage. I was innocently spray gluing my underwear to my body and I wasn’t paying much attention to where I was spraying. Suddenly, there was a rather odd, cold sensation between my butt cheeks. With a stark horror, I realized that I had sprayed my ass cheeks together…

I had to stand in front of a mirror and pull my cheeks apart. I don’t think I’ve ever been so uncomfortable. I don’t think my ass has undergone such pain… And I have a tattoo on my butt.

What have some of your challenges been, as a performer?
I have two very conflicting tendencies: perfectionism and procrastination. Anyone that has worked with me knows how anal I get about my performance- I critique every moment that I’m on stage. But I also wait until the very last minute to put anything together- which causes me needless stress.

What’s your favorite part of burlesque?
I absolutely love the environment. I feel valued and appreciated by my fellow performers. I love that I feel empowered: as a singer, an entertainer, a comedian, and as a woman. I also love that I get my performance fix without having to go through months of rehearsals.

Are there any parts of burlesque you loathe?
I hate that I can’t plan every moment out. I’m an actress: I’m used to following a script and sticking very strictly to the given choreography. In some ways the unknown is freeing; in other ways it’s terrifying. When it comes down to it, it’s really good for me- it’s a huge challenge. But that doesn’t change the fact that sometime I feel absolute terror!

Tell us about your blog!
I’ve been single for quite a while, and I tried online dating.  It’s not for me.

I was constantly bombarded by creeps and it was really frustrating. Well, one day I posted a screenshot on my Facebook and everyone loved it. For a while I had been sending the screenshots to my friends and we’d laugh, but I discovered that my experiences caused widespread amusement. So one day I compiled my little collection of creeps and started a blog- Fickle and Alone.

Each day it gets more popular, and each day I lose more hope for humanity.
My blog can be found at:


Photo: Angela Leisure Photography

How is burlesque similar and different from theatre?
I go about Burlesque very similarly to how I go about theatre. I’m playing a character, Sadie, it’s not *me* up there. Me, who turns bright red any time someone says anything flirty. Me, who falls- A LOT.
That said, in some ways, it’s very different than theatre, because it is kind of… *me.* It’s my idea, my choreography, my song choice, my personality. I’m not performing someone else’s work. I’m performing… *me.* Sadie is a fabulous, braver, sexually confident version of *me.*

If you could do any project with an unlimited budget, what would you do?
I would do a production of Into The Woods in which I played all of the characters.
Or a production of Gypsy in which I played all the characters.
OR a production of Spring Awakening in which I play all the characters.
OR- OR a gender-bended production of Rocky Horror in which I play most of the characters.

Your Mama is super supportive…what does she think about burlesque?
She came to my first burlesque show with me. While we were sitting in the audience watching the performers, she turned to look at me and said, “So… When are you going to start doing this?”

Since then, she has come to every burlesque show I’ve performed in, even the shows where I’ve asked her to step out of the room for my solo. (I don’t like my mommy watching my more sexual routines.) On my solo debut, she and my step-dad sent backstage a bouquet with a note that read, “Breast Wishes!!” and a set of candy nipple tassels. If that isn’t unending support, I don’t know what is.

Here’s what she said for herself, “Burlesque allows women to take control of their own sexuality; to present themselves in the way that they want to be portrayed, rather than have their sexuality dictated to them by male fantasies or cultural ideas of what is or isn’t sexy. Burlesque defines beauty in a way that is inclusive of all women. It promotes self-esteem, positive body image, and the arts. Why wouldn’t I want my daughter to be a part of this?”

me and jeffWhen did you meet Katie and Jeff?
I met Jeff when I was five years old. We both participated heavily in the Indy theatre community. We did Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat together about six times. I used to call Jeff my Theatre Dad. Which is weird now if you think about it. But I mean… look how cute…

Around the same time, I met Katie when she started stage managing at the theatre I frequently worked at. She was ALWAYS my favorite. So much so, that she inspired me to start doing tech work- which is now my job! She asked me to do lights for A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which meant we spent a lot of time in the tech booth together. At this time, she and Jeff were just starting to date. That’s right people, I got to witness the budding relationship of Katie and Jeff Angel! Aww!

Once during the rehearsals of that show, we got locked out of the tech booth. Katie, being the ever-devoted stage manager that she is, climbed into the window through the audience while shouting, “I AM NOT A MONKEY!” After that hilarious scenario, I began sneaking banana-related items into her stuff. I was pretty funny for a ten year old.

If you could time travel with no consequences, where and when would you go?
I’d go into the future. I’d be too tempted to change the past, with unknown results. But if I could go into the future, see the problems that will arise, I could perhaps change the present for the better.

If you could have dessert with any three people, past or present, who would you choose?
Kurt Vonnegut, William Shakespeare, and Freddie Mercury. It’d be an odd mix, but I’d be happy.

What is your perfect Jeopardy board (6 topics that you’d kick ass in)?
Theatre History * Musical Theatre * Shakespeare Quotes and Analysis * Psych 101 * Buffy the Vampire Slayer Trivia * Seemingly Useless Facts Learned from Documentaries

Would you prefer to fly or be invisible? Why?
It would depend on if the invisibility can be controlled or not… If I can turn it on and off when I choose, then invisibility all the way. I’d become a spy. Or a criminal. Or I’d just eavesdrop on private conversations. That sounds like fun.

If you could describe your essence as a flavor of ice cream, what flavor would you be?
Pistachio… Brightly colored, a little out of the ordinary, super tasty but not for everyone. That’s me!!

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Getting to Know Gwen De’Lyn


Angel Burlesque Open Bra! Photo: Keen Photography

What inspired you to start burlesque?
I was inspired to start burlesque by the beautiful Mona S’more. She talked me into kittening for a Halloween show back in 2013 but I really got the bug for it after kittening for Nerdgasm in 2014.

How did you come up with your first routine?
My first routine was inspired by my bestie Andrew Mathews. He told me “Hey I heard this song and I think it would be a great song for your first routine.” He played Lanae DelRay’s “Once a Upon A Dream” and I was hooked. It was dark and very sensual.

How did you pick your burlesque name?
My burlesque name was a product of throwing names around with my fiancée. I said Gwendelyn but couldn’t come up with a “last” name. He said “Well split it up”. That is when I became Gwen De’Lyn.

How long have you been doing burlesque?
Kittened for the first time in 2013 but performed for the first time in the Showgirl Showcase in October of 2014.

How have you changed, onstage and backstage in that time?
I definitely feel more confident on stage. I can make eye contact with the audience!


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What tips can you give aspiring performers?
Go at your own pace. Take your time. BREATHE

What’s been your most memorable onstage moment?
For me it would it be when I stripped down to a bikini on stage during Nerdgasm.

Any embarrassing moments? Not that I can remember

What have some of your challenges been, as a performer?
Coming up with routines.

What’s your favorite part of burlesque?
The costumes and the make-up! GLITTER

Are there any parts of burlesque you loathe?
False Eyelashes, those things are a pain in the arse.

Who were you in high school? What advice would you give high school you?
I was the quiet girl. I didn’t have that many friends. I moved around quite a bit. I would tell the High School Gwen be confident in her beliefs and herself.

Do you have any exciting events in your Muggle life coming up in the future?

What do your co-workers think of burlesque?
They all think it is pretty awesome. My boss is constantly coming up with songs and how I need to do a routine to them.

If you could time travel with no consequences, where and when would you go?
I think I would like to travel out west when there was no cities and it was just the Native Americans.


Angel Burlesque Tribute to the Muppets – Photo: G.Watson Images

If you could have dessert with any three people, past or present, who would you choose?
That is a good question however I can’t think of anyone. ☺️

What is your perfect Jeopardy board (6 topics that you’d kick ass in)? Children’s Books, Gemstones, Bargain Shopping, Bon Jovi music

Would you prefer to fly or be invisible?  Why?
I would like to fly but I would buy a kick ass suit that is temperature controlled because it gets cold up in the clouds.

If you could describe your essence as a flavor of ice cream, what flavor would you be?
Persimmon… depending on the season I could be sweet or I could be sour 😉

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Face Off / Face On with Angel Burlesque

We’re firm believers in the Angel Burlesque motto,”Real is Sexy”. And to prove it we’re going to bare all…of our face! The Angels have stepped up to the challenge to show you before/after photos of their lovely visages going from “no face” to “show face” while sharing some of their makeup pros, cons, tips, tricks and more along the way.


Sadie Seirēn
Favorite part of Makeup?  I love that moment when I’ve finished all my hard work and I look into the mirror and think, “Damn girl, you look good.” It makes the ten minutes of applying and reapplying my eyelashes seem worth it.
Worst part?  Leftover eyelash glue is the worst thing in the world. As I type this, I see weird black smudges in my vision because I’m left with all this glue in my eyelashes.
Favorite tool in the makeup kit?  Lip liner. Most days I don’t wear anything but Chapstick and a bit of lip liner. It makes your lips pop without the fear of smudged lipstick. (Especially if you’re super animated like me and always end up with it on your teeth and chin. How does that even happen?!) For shows, liner can make your lips look fuller and can clean up edges- no one likes lopsided lips.
Tips or Tricks? Don’t be afraid of mixing! People often ask where I get my shade of lipstick- and I’m usually wearing three different colors to get the shade I want. I use both brown and red on my eyebrows to get the right auburn look. Blend and no one will ever know it’s multiple products- and you’ve got your own distinctive colors that fit just for you!!
Last words?  Makeup and hair can be a bit of a bitch. Sometimes you have to settle for not your best work. Just keep experimenting! It’s fun, and educational too! Just please remove makeup with coconut oil when you’re playing. You’ll dry out your skin if you use wipes multiple times in a day. smile emoticon

Christina Arabesqua
Favorite part of makeup?  I can use makeup to camouflage my flaws
Worst part?  I wish I was better at hair. Also cleaning up my mess after
Favorite tool in the makeup kit? Eyelashes FacePics-03
Tips or Tricks?  Practice and try new things
Anything else?  Everyone is different so find what works best for you!

Jada Bella
Favorite part of makeup?  I love using make to highlight what I like about myself. I really enjoy using bold colors to make my eyes pop.
Worst part?  That I don’t have the funds to buy all the make up!
Favorite tool in the makeup kit?  My secret weapon is my Mac liquilast eyeliner. Seriously, this stuff rocks. It takes some practice, but once you become accustomed to the brush, this eyeliner does not move once it dries. Through sweat, water, and occasionally tears of joy, it stays put. Love it.FacePics-01Tips or Tricks?  Don’t be afraid to sit down with yourself and practice. Do some research on what type of face you have, shape of your eyes, etc. Use colors that accentuate your eye color, learn to shape your eyebrows, find the right lip color. You can find out almost anything on the Internet nowadays. Search away.

Last words?  Remember that using make up is to help accent the beauty you already have. It’s not something to hide behind. 🙂

And there you have it!  But that’s not all, folks! We have another trio of ladies who can’t wait to bare face AND Katie Angel has a “magical” journey of her step by step process for preparing herself for a show!  See you soon!

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Burlexplanations: Lego My Foot!

Minnie Ryder’s story is built upon the solid blocks of plastic with which imaginations run wild and the spare bits and pieces are sure to be strewn everywhere. 

Burlexplanations…they happen all the time and every once in a great while we decide to share an experience.  I’m still waiting on the back story to someone gluing their cheeks together BUTT until then we’ll go with this cautionary tale of lost legos being found in an unfortunate manner.

Some of my burlesque routines involve tap dancing. One of my favorite places to practice fancy footwork is in the kitchen because I can squeeze in a few minutes while serving up meals to hungry hyper kids. This is one of those tappy occasions where I don’t have time to put on my shoes but want to work on combinations while my toddler daughter is enjoying a lunch and “mom show” in her throne of a high chair.

I start off by warming up with basic movements. Super! Done! I’ve got just a few more minutes so begin working on a section of routine which involves a couple of triple time steps. Just a note beforehand, sometimes I put way too much emphasis on ball of my foot when I’m doing ball changes  You see where this is going, yes? Ok! I stomped the hell out of my ball change and felt a searing jolt of pain travel through my foot all the way up to my neck.  Dropping the floor, clasping my right foot and moaning in agony I look up at my toddler who is staring at me quizzically.  As the pain slowly receded I looked around for the culprit of my demise. There’s a small lego ship nearby with a red 4 hole piece next to my rearend. I look at my foot and right under the ball and in the soft sole area there are two tiny holes.



Photo by: my hubs in between chuckling fits


It looks like a tiny vampire bit my foot. All of this happens in a matter of seconds but pain seems to stretch the span of time. The hurt has been replaced with rage as I can think of two kiddos who could have left legos on the floor.  One of which was playing with his at the table before breakfast just a few hours earlier. Limping into the living room where video games are a’playing I’m about to release my wrath when I see the boys playing and getting along on the couch. This is a precious moment, to have the eldest and middle kid getting along so  I growl and mutter half-heartedly about their damn legos and hop back into the kitchen where my daughter has decided since the entertainment has ended she must end her meal and get out of the high chair. “DOWN! MOMMY! DOWN!”  So life continues, I had two weeks to heel (get it? heel?) before the show and my timesteps, drawbershays, and stomps go off without a hitch.

The moral of the story is to make sure your practice area is clear before practicing and maybe wear shoes too. And don’t buy legos for your kids. You know how glitter is the herpes of burlesque?  Legos are the herpes of parenthood…or at least this phase of it.

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