Q:How is your show different from others?
A: The thing that makes the Mason Dixie Burlesque show unique is that the cast is from up and down the Eastern Seaboard. We don't live in the same city, and we get together once a year to tour across the country.
"Two of us are from up north, and two of us are from the South, hence the Mason Dixie name. We all knew each other and performed together before the troupe, so when my co-producer, Üla Überbusen, and I had the idea to a national tour, we knew these other two gals would be perfect fits.
"We are a mix of classic and neo-burlesque, and the show is very cheeky, very funny and ridiculously sexy."
Q:Who are your featured performers, and what do they do?
A:"Üla is our hostess, and she plays ukulele and sings throughout hosting the show, in addition to performing. Since I have a heavy dance background, my routines are very choreographed, definitely more in the classic variety, but I like to use modern songs to keep things updated and edgy. Porcelain is our saucy and feisty one, and Hazel Honeysuckle does an even mix between classic and neo. She could be straight out of the 1940s or performing as Cookie Monster."
Q:Do you ever worry about wardrobe malfunctions? If they happen, is there a way to handle them gracefully?
A: "I never worry about them! They're going to happen whether you worry about them or not, so I just try to stay focused on doing my choreography right, staying in the moment, and if something goes awry, a little shimmy, wiggle, wink and a smile covers everything."
Q:What are the best and worst kinds of audiences?
A:"The best kind of audience is a rowdy audience (though not obnoxiously rowdy or obnoxiously drunk). The louder, the better. Performers love to hear their audience hoot, cheer, laugh and clap. A terrible audience is a quiet, disinterested or jaded audience.
"We thrive on feedback; the more an audience gives to us, the more we get into it and give in return. Burlesque performers and audiences have a very symbiotic relationship. We need each other."
Reach Bill Lynch at ly...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5195.