Those of you who follow me on Facebook know that I have had an exciting couple of weeks. Well months really as the preparation for Miss
Burlesque started late last year! So I thought I would write a follow-up on my Miss Burlesque experience.
On the 9th March it was finally time for the Miss Burlesque NSW heats. What an exciting evening. After the lovely Deb Delicious put my hair in rollers and calmed my nerves it was time to head down the road to the Factory Theatre. Backstage was a riot of dresses feathers and crystals but everyone was friendly and excited. Admiration was made of each others costumes and borrowing of pins and steamers ensued. Not long before going on I heard from my sister that she was coming to see me perform. It was the first time she has been able to see me! It made me even more excited.
The wait to go on felt like forever but soon it was time! As I stood there in my huge skirt and feather head dress I kept looking down and poking someone with my feathers usually Bunni who was in the line ahead of me (sorry Bunni) – whoops!
The next few hours from frantic change from evening gown to classic costume to the final 5 being announced was a blur. I was relieved after I was ready in time for my classic number (the change time for the first few performers is very short!) and after I performed and I felt happy with my performance. Although just before I went on my mouth went completely dry (an ongoing problem that night despite drinking bucket loads of water) and my lips were stuck to my teeth. I don’t think anyone noticed but when I look at the video of my performance I do have a giggle over it. I spent a lot of time and energy on that performance and I think it showed.
Neo was next and this should have been the one I felt the most comfortable with. I have performed the number a lot and I know it is always a crowd favourite. Unfortunately I think this led to me not rehearsing as much as I should have and I was not entirely happy with my performance. I learnt that no matter how many times I perform a show a good rehearsal and amount of preparation should always be done!
Soon I stood backstage and held onto my backstage helpers hand the darling Bella Louche) for dear life and to my joy I was announced as being in the top 5. It was such a happy relief. One of my goals in entering the competition was to make the top 5 and I did it.
I was excited to perform my unique Cabaret Burlesque number. It is a huge part of what I want to do in the future. Unfortunately once again my mouth went dry and my pitch was a bit off. However I know the crowd enjoyed my performance and despite the fact that at least one of the judges thought that it wasn’t burlesque (which I completely expected) I am glad I performed it. It was unique! 🙂
The winners did not surprise me at all. Briana Bluebell is a consummate performer and put her all into the competition. Hopefully the talented lady will be making me a hat when she gets less busy (which from what I understand won’t be any time soon!). I can’t wait to see her performance at the final. I also hear she has made it through to the Burlesque Hall of Fame Movers and Shakers show! 😀 Bunni Lambada is one of those people who is amazing at everything she does. I have known her since we both competed in another competition and she is always lovely! I was lucky enough to see her first burlesque performance and her quirky smile lights up the room 🙂
I have a lot of people to thank for helping me but special praise goes out to Rita Fontaine, Danica Lee, Deb Delicious & Bella Louche. XOXNext post will be about my week at Adelaide Fringe Festival! 🙂