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Wayward Girls School of Burlesque St. Patrick's Day Bash
With music by Trielement and HARRAH
WHERE: The Blue Parrot, 14 Capitol St.
WHEN: 10 p.m. Friday
INFO: 304-342-2583CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Penny Maple joked that there's a reason why something like the Wayward Girls School of Burlesque should exist.
She said, "The only way to get adults to look at dance is to take your clothes off."
Not everyone is going to agree with that, but the Wayward Girls do draw a crowd.
The troupe will be performing Friday night at the Blue Parrot as part of a St. Patrick's Day Bash. The night will also include music from rock bands HARRAH and Trielement.
The Wayward Girls School of Burlesque arose from the ranks of Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School, a burlesque-style figure-drawing class held monthly at local bars and theaters.
Dr. Sketchy's takes traditional nude or semi-nude figure drawing and turns it on its head with pop-culture camp, costumes and party games. Its monthly "class" is at 7 p.m. Sunday at Uncork and Create, 1031 Quarrier St. (Admission is $8. Email drsketchycha...@gmail.com for more information.)
Maple, one of the troupe's administrators, said she and Pepper Fandango, both models for Dr. Sketchy's, started the Wayward Girls in December 2011 after Dr. Sketchy's hosted Brooklyn-based burlesque group, Dangerous Curves. The touring troupe wanted an opening act for the show, but no one in Charleston was doing that kind of entertainment.
Still, it didn't seem such a far leap from what Fandango and Maple did with Dr. Sketchy's, and Maple, at least, had a background as a dancer.
"So we said, 'Sure. We'll give it a try,'" Maple said.
A few months later, the duo appeared at the Sound Factory as the opening act for Pretty Things Peep Show.
"Ugh," Maple frowned. "That was our worst show ever. We danced to canned music and had a couple of wardrobe malfunctions..."