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Entertainment

June 20, 2013

‘Billtown Burlescapades’ a real tease

WILLIAMSPORT — A sinister vibe laced with the warm scent of temptation will hang in the air while you stand with laced fingers trying to look away from the flash of a sword or shadows dancing across a bed of nails.

Women in fishnet stockings parade by, a man breaths fire into the air as rock and roll music echoes throughout the vast space in an old factory that once produced rubber shoes.

Its vaudeville and freak show meets Las Vegas meets nothing like you have ever experience that will unfold this Saturday evening with the “Billtown Burlescapades: A Summer Sideshow Extravaganza” takes off.

“When people leave, you should see the look on their faces. They’re inspired, mesmerized and their child-like sensibilities and wanderlust for the world has been rekindled. Circus has been responsible for this type of awakening for a couple hundred years and we have kind of learned that art,” said Bryce “The Govna” Graves, master of ceremonies and side show stuntman. “We fancy ourselves a traditional circus sideshow that has met a modern rock and roll vibe, with a sinister twist. We’re not comparable to anything! This show is something entirely new. You should walk into a venue one person and walk out entirely changed.”

Incomparable is the perfect way to describe the “Billtown Burlescapades,” a three-part event that combines the classic sideshow with a modern twist, carnival oddities, such as fortune telling and of course, a choreographed burlesque performance by the Billtown troupe and noted performers from New York and Florida.

Held at The Pajama Factory in Williamsport, the event has taken several months to arrange and schedule since so many different components and performers are involved that are needed to enthrall the crowd and seduce the senses.

“I would encourage anyone who likes sexy people and fun things to come to ‘Billtown Burlescapades.’ If that’s not someone’s idea of a good time, there are plenty of other options for them. But for those of us with more dynamic interests, it’s the only place to be on June 22,” said Isaac Connor, the mastermind behind the revealing event.

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