The Ins and Outs of a Remount: Sausage Fest 2

In anticipation of Sausage Fest 2: The Remounting, we cornered one of our Men of Burlesque to answer a couple of questions. Here’s the goods from Peter MorningWood

“It wasn’t my idea,” he said, before I could ask the first question. Fair enough. . .

Q: Sausage Fest 2 the Remounting is, obviously, a remount. Of all the shows The Menagerie have done, why do this one again?

Peter: We thought redoing the show would give Saskatoon audiences a better chance to go to a more frequented location. The people who will go see a show at Diva’s aren’t necessarily the same people who attended at the last venue.

It’s not a standard or classic burlesque show. The show itself is a celebration of diverse masculinity. People who would normally go see our shows will be surprised. They’ll see numbers that they wouldn’t normally see.

Q: Can you give us a sneak peek, as it were?

Peter: We’ve got the Dirtiest Barber Shop Quartet that you’ll see. You’ll never look at The Muppets again the same way. A nod to Victor/Victoria. And a lot of other surprises and some by-demand repeat performances. Because Freedom Pie!

Q: And what about the people who’ve seen it before?

Peter: There are a couple of numbers that weren’t in the November production that were requested.

Q: Are you looking forward to bringing back those popular pieces?

Peter: Yes! Each performance is a little different from night to night. We get the crowd involved. The crowd is the most important part of the performance, because there is no fourth wall. Period.

Q: Are you looking forward to doing more of a bar show? Do they offer a different kind of energy from theatre shows?

Peter: Yes and yes. You get a different type of upward energy as opposed to a theatre. Our theatre crowds can be very loud. Very fun. Very rowdy. In a bar show, you get to be loud, and fun, and rowdy back at them. The way you interact is different when you’re playing to a bar audience. We love our crowds, wherever they are.

Q: What would you say to burlesque show virgins to convince them to give it a try?

Peter: We start off with fun and awesome, and we take it to ridiculous. What you think might happen may not happen at all. You’ll be amazed. And. . . . you’ll be amazed. Take a chance on something that isn’t another mediocre movie. Because our main goal is that you have fun. We are here to entertain you.

 

And on that Nirvana note. . .

Sausage Fest 2: The Remounting is Friday, April 28 at Diva’s in downtown Saskatoon. Doors at 9:00, Show at 10:00.
$20 at the door.

Bring a friend. Bring two!

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Right, here!  We’ve got tickets! Get your red-hot Sausage Fest tickets!

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We have tickets; you want tickets—it’s a perfect match. And if you’re very lucky, you can win them! Enter the Sausage Fest Burlesque Show Ticket Giveaway! as many ways as you want for your chance to see our sausage for free. The more of a superfan you are, the more entries you get.

Of course, there’s plenty of other ways to get your hands on our tickets. Get them from one of our wonderful Menagerie Burlesque Company members, purchase them at Better Off Duds, or drop us a line to make other *ahem* special arrangements.

See you at the show!

Body Positivity – Male Performers in Burlesque

So, we don’t have what would be considered traditional Magic Mike or Beefcake Chippendale type guys in the Menagerie Burlesque Company. Our own Peter MorningWood often hashtags his own pictures with #DadBod4Life and is a lot closer to the Full Monty.

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But our audience loves body diversity.

We’re all shapes and sizes, looking like average people, who get up on stage, and make sure that you are having a good time. Because we’re having a good time. Our audiences tell us, it’s great to see! We’ve found our own audience to be as diverse, so why exclude them from the fun? Well, besides the part where we’re taking our clothes off or making ridiculous theatrical numbers, that’s our schtick… Wait, where was I? Oh yes…

Diversity.

Without diversity in Burlesque, the art form will stagnate and die off. Bold statement, yes, but without that diversity, we are only perpetuating mass statements of ‘This is what Burlesque is, and nothing else.’ The same bump and grind piece becomes a boring run of the mill, get it at another place for cheaper, do I have to listen to this song again… ugh. The commonplace numbers will breed contempt and distaste for the whole culture. And we want to tease, we want you curious and wanting, we’ll be taking you to places that you didn’t expect.

A recent article from mic.com showed a big nod to the male burlesque performers out there, good read, check the link.

“As with everything, we’re subject to the mores we’ve been raised with,” he said. “People sometimes come to shows and expect us to be taking off our clothes to reveal Playgirl-fit bodies.” Jonny Porkpie, Burlesque Mayor of New York, all around nice guy, and he’s running for President. (Psst, you can also buy his book, The Corpse Wore Pasties, great gift for days that end in the letter Y.)

Hooray! and #EffYourBodyStandards What’s Healthy and Beautiful and Sexy? Laughter. What’s even better? Making art that is sexy, comedic, satirizing, subversive, and most importantly – a lot of fun. We’re outrageous on your behalf, and thank you for supporting local art.

Stay tuned in you animals, more #Burlesque info coming your way.