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Interview Part 3: Green Tea, Octo Sushi and Chit-Chat with Kitten La Rue of The Atomic Bombshells

November 12, 2013


Kitten La Rue - trail blazer, risk taker and crafter of fantasy worlds to inspire us to dream again.

We have arrived at the final chapter of my interview with the inspirational Kitten La Rue. When we last left Kitten, she had just booked her first performance for The Atomic Bombshells prior to their own actual existence. Astounding when you consider that the gig was opening for the incredible Dita Von Teese, whom in this modern era is arguably the biggest name in burlesque since Gypsy Rose Lee. The fact that Kitten had worked with Dita back in New Orleans, did not hurt her in sealing the deal.

In 2003, after holding auditions The Atomic Bombshells were created and comprised five girls in total. I inquired about Kitten’s mindset at the time. What did she want to accomplish with this troupe?

“What I really wanted to do was create a troupe which captured a similar vibe as the Shim Sham Revue, which was the show that I was in, but where I got to explore my fantasy and my sensibility of turning up the volume on the camp. Which is a signature of my work and The Atomic Bombshells in general. I want us to be cartoon women. You know, the hair is huge and the lashes are huge and the theatricality is total camp and comedy. Everything is larger than life including the costumes”

Land of the Sweets – The Burlesque Nutcracker (the Triple Door)

December 19, 2012


"Land of the Sweets" at The Triple Door.
It is official. The holiday season in Seattle has begun and that can mean only one thing, the return of Lily Verlaine and Jasper McCann’s annual installment of "Land of the Sweets – the Burlesque Nutcracker" at the renowned venue, The Triple Door. “Land of the Sweets” puts a unique twist on the traditional Nutcracker Suite, incorporating various styles of professionally choreographed dance routines, aerial acrobatics, vaudevillian comedy and of course, burlesque. Verlaine and McCann are joined by local stars Waxie Moon, Kitten LaRue, Miss Indigo Blue, Babette La Fave, Inga Ingénue and others on the 2013 show which runs for 21 performances from December 11 – 27.

Verlaine and McCann continue to refine the show which took Seattle by storm 6 years ago, keeping it fresh and new with innovative routines and costumes in this year’s performance not included in prior year shows. McCann continues his masterful role as ringmaster to this exotic collection of performers and successfully kicks off the show by working the audience and getting them into the festive mood of the show.

Land of the Sweets” is an intelligent, well-paced, assortment of entertaining impish vignettes catering to audience enjoyment. Chock full of talented performers, kudos to Verlaine and McCann on casting as the performers executed together like a well-oiled machine, seemingly amused and enjoying the experience of working together. Especially memorable was the overall cast playfulness, facial expressiveness and tongue-in-cheek humor exhibited in many of the scenes, but embodied in the performance of the naïvely playful Snowflakes, played by Inga Ingénue, Polly Wood and Holly Pop.

Through the Looking Glass: The Burlesque Alice in Wonderland (The Triple Door)

September 14, 2012


It was a wonderfully eclectic and bubbly packed house at The Triple Door, which greeted the yearly return of a show which has quickly become an unconventional Seattle favorite, Lily and Jasper’s “Through the Looking Glass: The Burlesque Alice in Wonderland”. As if Lewis Carroll’s heavily symbolic tale could become any more peculiar, Lily Verlaine and Jasper McCann take serious creative license and drive the original vision headlong into uncharted waters, by producing a thoroughly entertaining, artistic and polished burlesque retelling of the classic coming of age account of Alice which continues to engage and delight audiences.

The story opens with a grown Alice, played by the captivating Inga Ingénue, alone in her room musing about the tedium of life until she catches a reflection of herself in the looking-glass. She is drawn to her reflection in the mirror which seems alien to her. Instead of her golden hair, the reflection is adorned with tresses of black. Even Alice’s black and white dress is mirrored in reverse. As fanciful tales so often do, the impossible becomes possible and her curiosity leads her to pass through the looking-glass to a vibrant wondrous world which is anything but tired and familiar. There she meets the black-haired reflection of herself, played by the charming Lou Henry Hoover, who acts as her guide through wonderland. Ingénue, a master of her craft, and Hoover were wicked perfection together, playing off of each other as the two versions of Alice. Their emotive "Feathery Fantasy" routine was soulful and memorable.