They revealed a little more skin than intended, but the pair didn't quit, and after a show at last summer's Shocka-Con horror and science fiction convention, they decided to expand.
She added, "We just reached out to some of the self-starting art models we'd worked with at Dr. Sketchy's and just kept going."
Wayward Girls School of Burlesque has since expanded to include seven performers, though the group isn't strictly the teasing sort of dance most often associated with burlesque shows.
Pepper Fandango and Cat Schrodinger dance and also play music. Fandango is often accompanied by her rockabilly/punk band. There's comedy, and most of the performers have either developed a particular gimmick or they're working on one.
Elle Xohmbeah said, "I do a lot of gender play. I like to think of it as stripping away masculine elements to reveal the feminine inside.
"I'm kind of big on the mustaches."
Ruby Rouge, "The Red Baroness," wants to make hula-hoops a more prominent part of her show, while Lavender Menace has elements of roller derby in her act.
Maple added, "But we have the classic burlesque tease. Lilli Legosi is kind of our classic dance tease specialist."
A lot goes into every performance. Hours and hours of rehearsal, plus the troupe relies on a group of friends and helpers, referred to as Kittens, to manage productions, sell tickets, make props/sets and do a wide variety of odd jobs.
"You can't call them roadies," Maple said. "A roadie won't build you a set of Tokyo."
Chase Henderson, founder of the Charleston Dr. Sketchy's, is kind of an official hanger-on.
"He's our official photographer," Maple said.
"Or just a weird uncle," he replied.
After this weekend's show, Maple said the group might be taking a bit of a hiatus -- at least in Charleston.
Maple said that some of the girls and their supporters are from outside Charleston, and the troupe wanted to visit a few of those towns.
"But, sure, we'd love to work with FestivALL," she said. "We should call them."
Reach Bill Lynch at ly...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5195.