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.
Sugar mirrors for my evil queen routine… I didn’t mean to make the kittens have melt downs
Holding a gun while touching yourself attempting to be sexy…awkward. But I did it!
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
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.
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!
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!
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…..
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! ❤