THANK YOU Art Outside and Austin Chronicle

THE Who Said Vaudeville Was Dead? SHOW returned to The Folk It Up Stage for the second year at ART OUTSIDE 2012.  The environment was stunning!  The show was performed on the intricately designed stage, crafted by Dave and Marrilee at Curious Customs.  The audience sat cozily beneath trees: smiling, laughing, oohing and ahhing!

The darkness of the night flickered as Black and White Silent Films were projected on the screen that was hung from the stage-side trees.  Films captured past shows, stylized to look as if they were from before the era of talkies at the turn of the last century; scratched and tattered to look authentic, shot and edited by Jose Lozano at Magic Spoon Productions.  Other film shorts featured the show’s Host and Producer: Jessica Ryan as her Betty-Boop-inspired character, Villa.  One picture in particular was filmed at the fashionable Ms. Jane Clark’s Retro Vogue Vintage Boutique: Amelia’s and captured a Clara Bow-esque “It Girl” sentiment.

Photo by Austin Chronicle

Vaude-Villa (Jessica Ryan) rose from the grave, marked VAUDEVILLE, and sang Helen Kane covers, throughout the show.  Digging her cymbals out from beneath her gravestone, she joined in with the first musical act.  Summoned by an eery accordion introduction, members of Minor Mishap Marching Band creeped out of their graves and sauntered in from the surrounding grounds, infiltrating the audience.  As zombified musicians began slinking to the ground, Villa would not allow them to Rest In Peace, until they played themselves back to death.

Photo by Austin Chronicle

Freakshow Phenomenon, Ballyhoo Betty took the stage, announcing her vintage circus sideshow acts in a bellowing authentic voice, beckoning one and all to take witness to her dark-magical performance.  Philadelphia’s Iconic Fire danced a duet with the fluidity of a flame!  The performance entailed: Music, Dance, Fire, and Funny Ha-Has!  In the dead of night, Luna Tart and Villa closed the show in comical duo, as the audience was served sangria and shrieked for more!

Photo by Austin Chronicle

THANK YOU Austin Chronicle for the lovely pictures and ART OUTSIDE 2012 for welcoming us back.  We look forward to next year!

Published in: on October 23, 2012 at 8:36 pm  Leave a Comment  

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