RVA Cabaret unites local burlesque community to raise money for Gallery 5 this Friday (Ticket giveaway!)

by | Aug 25, 2014 | ART

The RVA Cabaret are taking it up a notch for their latest production. Known as The Mega Show, this production pulls out all the stops, bringing together top talents from all over the Richmond burlesque community to help support Gallery 5!

The RVA Cabaret are taking it up a notch for their latest production. Known as The Mega Show, this production pulls out all the stops, bringing together top talents from all over the Richmond burlesque community to help support Gallery 5! Having originally set themselves a goal of raising $5,000 for the community theater this year, the group were surprised and pleased when an anonymous donor helped them meet that goal with their first show of the year back in January.

RVA Cabaret producer Deanna Danger was delighted at this development. “We weren’t expecting to reach our goal that quickly and had to regroup and raise the bar,” she said. Two subsequent RVA Cabaret shows have raised the total funds generated to $8,000, and helped pay for the new PA system recently installed in the gallery. With the show on August 29, the group hopes to meet their new goal for 2014 of $10,000, allowing them to spend the rest of the year further surpassing expectations.

In order to make that happen, RVA Cabaret’s Mega Show will feature an all-star cast that includes all of Richmond’s best-loved burlesque, drag, and vaudeville acts. Everyone’s favorite “Southern Fried Socialite,” Miss Magnolia Jackson Pickett Burnside, will host the event, and the show will feature performances from The Garter Snaps, Mark Slomski & Bitsy Buttons, Scarlet Starlet, Mina Corbeau, and of course Deanna Danger herself, as well as The Boomettes, the dance troupe from Danger’s own Boom Boom Basics Burlesque & Performing Arts Studio. There will also be duets from Zhora Nova & Empres Nast, and Boom Boom Basics students Calamity Coltrane & Zadora Zaftig, plus go-go dancing from Buster Britches and Ophelia Derriere.

There’ll be plenty of other great stuff in the works as well, including a 50/50 raffle, games, and contests, as well as a chance to win pasties right off the performers (!!!). Attendees are guaranteed to have the time of their lives–and in service of a great cause, namely keeping Gallery 5 alive and thriving. Says Deanna Danger, “Most of the performers in town twirled their first tassel on that stage, and we plan to keep it around to twirl on for a long time to come.” Clearly the burlesque community is loyal to this place, and any fan of art, music, and any other sort of live performance that takes place in RVA should be as well!

Tickets for this event are $10 in advance, $15 at the door, with a VIP package including reserved seating, a poster signed by the entire cast, and one raffle ticket available for $25. Tickets can be ordered online by clicking HERE. The whole thing takes place this Friday, August 29 beginning at 8 PM at Gallery 5, located at 200 W. Marshall St. For more info, click here.

And of course, we can’t neglect the best part–your friends at RVA Magazine have a pair of tickets to give away to this amazing extravaganza! Just plug your info into the Punchtab widget below in order to be entered into the drawing! Keep an eye out for extra chances to win, and be sure to enter by Thursday at noon, because that’s when we’ll be shutting the whole thing down and picking a winner!

Marilyn Drew Necci

Marilyn Drew Necci

Former GayRVA editor-in-chief, RVA Magazine editor for print and web. Anxiety expert, proud trans woman, happily married.




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