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Midwest Burlesque Festival

APRIL 4-7 2019

WICHITA, KS

 
 

ABOUT THE MIDWEST BURLESQUE FESTIVAL

American Rose Theater presents the best variety of burlesque and vaudeville acts of the Midwest to perform in the 2019 Midwest Burlesque Festival in Wichita, KS.

The Midwest Burlesque Festival will take place April 4-7, 2019 and includes a Meet N’ Greet, performances, gala party, and workshops.

 
 

schedule of events

 
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April 4th Meet and Greet at XY Bar

XY Bar is one of the Wichita’s hottest LGBTQIA friendly night clubs/ show bar with a full size dance floor, bar and overall great atmosphere. Come meet our guest Burlesque Legend, Hall of Famer and Miss Nude Universe 1975, Tiffany Carter, along with our other guest performers, and catch a glimpse of burlesque. You’ll watch a preview performance at 8p,9p, and 10p.

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April 5th Opening Showcase at the Historic Cowtown Museum, Empire House Theatre

Old Cowtown Museum is a working museum which attributes and reflects life in the frontier from the late 1860’s-1870’s in the form of a village, including the theatre located in Empire Hall, built in 1908 and can seat up to 110.

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April 6th Deluxe Showcase at the Wichita Scottish Rite

The classic stage at The Wichita Scottish Rite, built in 1908, has hosted other burlesque legends, including Gypsy Rose Lee and Sally Rand. The beautiful theatre seats approximately 1,200, including a 700-seat balcony, and comprises of 102 elaborate hand-painted scene backdrops from the early 1900’s. Along with the Tiffany stained glass work and domed skylight, the theatre is stunning and gratifying to watch shows and perform on.

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April 6th Deluxe Showcase Gala

At the end of the show, the stage turns into a dance floor as local female DJ, Special K, plays the hottest tunes while we celebrate and finish dancing the night away with the performers and our patrons. The bar will be open and food provided. The Midwest Burlesque Festival title holders will be announced, and watch as the best of the Midwest tassel twirlers compete for the title of “Master of Tassels” and “Master of Assels” with the help of the audience.

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April 7th Workshops

A variety of workshops will be held throughout the day at Sway Ballroom and Flow Foundry. Workshops will include Connecting to Your Inner Burlesque, Owning the Stage, Bumps and Grinds, Pole Dancing, Tassel Twirling, Clowning Around in Burlesque, Aerial Silks, and Belly Dancing.

Headliners

From Las Vegas, burlesque legend, Hall of Famer, and Miss Nude Universe 1975, Tiffany Carter, graces American Rose Theater for the Midwest Burlesque festival.

 
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Tiffany Carter Miss Nude Universe 1975

Tiffany Carter

Miss Nude Universe 1975, Tiffany Carter began her Burlesque career at the infamous Pink Pussycat in Hollywood, California. An active, in-demand entertainer with Sparky Blaine’s American Showgirl agency, Tiffany toured the U.S., Canada, and Japan from the late 1960s through the 1980s. Throughout her 20+ years in Burlesque, she has been a muse to MIT-trained engineer-turned-Burlesque costumer Bobby Gersten and performed alongside such legendary performers as Tempest Storm, Blaze Starr, Satan’s Angel, Kitten Natividad, Tura Satana, Delilah Jones, Shannon Doah, Akiko O’Toole, Machine Gun Kelly, Crystal Blue, Lovey Goldmine, and Teri Starr.

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Kater Tot

Kater Tot is an eclectic performer specializing in comedic burlesque. Winner of “Master of Nerdlesque” at the 2018 Kansas City Nerdlesque festival, and “Master of Amazement” at the 2017 Burlypics World Championship finals, Kater is always looking for the next audience to entertain. Alaska, Texas, Colorado, Ohio, Oklahoma, Kansas, and all over Missouri are just some of the places this Hot Potato has been invited to perform within the past 4 years. Having studied theater and dance in college and beyond, Kater Tot utilizes elements of character work along with gender-bend drag, pop culture references, and eccentric dance

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Vayda Rhynstone

Chicago's Diamond in the buff! Vayda Rhynstone is a burlesque performer and published pin-up/alt model. She has graced stages across the Midwest and has been featured in multiple pin-up magazines. With her elaborate costumes, exotic looks, and eclectic style, she will always leave you memorized.

Emcees

Photography Magic : Broken Glass Photography, Tony Graham

Photography Magic : Broken Glass Photography, Tony Graham

Penelope Maisoui

From Colorado Springs, internationally traveled and awarded showgirl known for her classic style and vintage charm. She’s the owner and artistic director of Classically Burlesque and has graced the stages of shows and festivals, including the Edmonton Burlesque Festival where she was awarded the title of 'Most Classic.' She was selected to be the protege of Burlesque Legend, Tiffany Carter in last year's Golden Legend Champion Challenge. She's been called the sweetest peach in burlesque...and she isn't even from Georgia. Coming to you on Friday’s showcase.

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Della Catessen

Loud, proud, and loves a good crowd, Della Catessen is a comedian hailing from Mishawaka, Indiana. A a founding member and emcee of The DisDress Dolls burlesque troupe, Della has been performing comedy professionally for 5 years. This is her first appearance at the Midwest Burlesque festival and she is so honored to be performing with such amazing artists. Feel free to hit her up on Instagram or Facebook for a laugh, sage advice, or for $20 - an insult. Come watch her ART debut as she emcees on Saturday’s Deluxe Showcase.

 

Friday’s Showcase Performers

 

Saturday’s Deluxe Showcase Performers

 

The judges’ panel

Saturday’s Showcase will include our special guests making up a judges’ panel. They will score the performers’ routines in the area of costume design, creativity, originality, choreography, music selection, stage presence, and use of stage space/ props. Their scores will be calculated and used to determine the Midwest Burlesque Festival title holders which will be announced during the evening’s gala after the showcase.

 
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Tiffany Carter

From Las Vegas, NV, burlesque legend, Hall of Famer, and Miss Nude Universe 1975, Tiffany Carter, graces American Rose Theater for the Midwest Burlesque festival. Miss Nude Universe 1975, Tiffany Carter began her Burlesque career at the infamous Pink Pussycat in Hollywood, California. An active, in-demand entertainer with Sparky Blaine’s American Showgirl agency, Tiffany toured the U.S., Canada, and Japan from the late 1960s through the 1980s. Throughout her 20+ years in Burlesque, she has been a muse to MIT-trained engineer-turned-Burlesque costumer Bobby Gersten and performed alongside such legendary performers as Tempest Storm, Blaze Starr, Satan’s Angel, Kitten Natividad, Tura Satana, Delilah Jones, Shannon Doah, Akiko O’Toole, Machine Gun Kelly, Crystal Blue, Lovey Goldmine, and Teri Starr.

Le Barroness Rubis

The original founder and first producer of ART, Le Barroness Rubis has a background in marketing, dance and musical theater. Her favorite pastime was playing Disney villians such as Cinderella’s step-mother, Maleficent, Cruella DeVille and other fun characters when she was employed at California’s Disneyland Resort.

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Jessica Maddox

Jessica Maddox/Bobby Hise is a Kansas native and has been in the art of female illusion for 10 years. He has performed on various stages across the USA and has held many titles, but most importantly, his favorite was Miss Gay Wichita. It was during his reign when he hosted for ART. He’s passionate about giving back to the community and is an advocate for the homeless. Much LOVE AND SUCCESS AND WELCOME TO MIDWEST BURLESQUE FEST! 

Mother Earf

Owner, operator, and HDIC of Kansas City's ONLY POC burlesque troupe, Mother Earf's Brown Sugar Cabaret have been producing shows for over two years. Mother Earf's tagline is, "I will nurture you into submission, and you'll love it." All inclusive, all the time, with all the best KC has to offer.

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Anastacia Vulgar

Anastacia Vulgar, the Boss Bitch of Hot in Topeka Burlesque, has been sharing her particular brand of vulgari-tease with Midwest audiences since 2016. A perfect explosion of nasty and class, this curvaceous dame can save the sinners and corrupt saints. When she isn't straddling the Kansas/Missouri line, you can find her kicking ass and taking phone numbers. Anastacia believes art should disturb the comfortable and comfort the disturbed - what will you be feeling tonight?

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Penelope Maisoui

From Colorado Springs, internationally traveled and awarded showgirl known for her classic style and vintage charm. She’s the owner and artistic director of Classically Burlesque and has graced the stages of shows and festivals, including the Edmonton Burlesque Festival where she was awarded the title of 'Most Classic.' She was selected to be the protege of Burlesque Legend, Tiffany Carter in last year's Golden Legend Champion Challenge. She's been called the sweetest peach in burlesque...and she isn't even from Georgia.

 The Stage Kittens

The Application Process

Applications are not considered complete until all registration is paid. Please ensure the name on the payment matches the name in the application to avoid confusion. The last day to apply is January 25, 2019. All applicants will be notified on or around February 1, 2019.

Applications for the 2019 Midwest Burlesque Festival are now closed.