Tuesday, October 16, 2012
I went to a Skill Focus: Burlesque rehearsal of Classic Horror at the Peacock Room. Skill Focus is Orlando's premiere nerdy burlesque troupe. The Peacock Room has been lavishly decorated for Halloween with life sized ghouls, demons and plenty of spider webs. The rehearsal was just getting started and Ruby Darling, the troupes director, had the performers run through their numbers in the order they arrived to the rehearsal. On stage Andy Matchett was setting up for the live performance by The Continentals. Andy Matchett, Matthew Mendel, and Shawn Bryant - are Orlando's hippest trio of musicians, who bring you all your favorite hits from the past with tons of style and a whole lot of rock and roll. The other members of the band hadn't arrived yet so Andy was flying solo. At one point Andy asked if anyone knew how to play guitar. One of the girls knew a few chords, so he handed her his guitar and showed her the chords he needed her to play. Then he asked for anyone who could drum. Count Dracula got on stage and pounded out a beat on the snare drum. Andy had an instant band.The other performers did arrive after a break and the Continentals gave a hip edge to each Burlesque act.
This nerdy burlesque tribute will pay homage to everyone's favorite classic movie monsters of the past, with live music by The Continentals! Come watch Dracula, the Bride of Frankenstein, The Creature from the Black Lagoon, and more of your favorite creepy creatures take it off to the hottest songs of yesteryear. Skill Focus is made up of hot nerdy ladies (and guys!) who love geeking out and sequins, performing saucy, sassy, sultry striptease while portraying their favorite characters from comic books, video games, sci-fi, anime, horror, fantasy, you name it. Hosted by the illustrious Chan Sterling - human encyclopedia and master of dick jokes - Skill Focus is proud to present a lineup of seriously talented, seriously nerdy burlesque performers from Orlando: Ruby Darling, Cherry Bob-omb, Rickabilly Bond, Syber Digit, Shy Labuff, Fifi Latio, Nekkid RoboJoe, and Rosita "Queen of Offensive Burlesque" Sparkles.
The rehearsal was insanely fun with satin capes, baubles, glitter and plenty of flirtatious bump and grind. An eight foot stage runway will be added to the room allowing the ladies and guys to walk out into the audience. Guaranteed, this will be a standing room only show. Don't miss the HORROR!
The show is TONIGHT, Tuesday, October 16th at 10pm. The doors and bar open at 9pm. 18+ only, please! The Peacock Room 1321 N. Mills Ave., Orlando, with plenty of parking in back and on the side streets.
Tickets are $12 at the door. $2 off for Halloween Horror Nights team members! - If you are an Halloween Horror Night team member, please bring your work ID to the show to avoid extra charges at the door.