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Entertainment

June 20, 2013

‘Billtown Burlescapades’ a real tease

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WILLIAMSPORT —

“Burlesque is experiencing a renaissance right now and with the breadth of artistic talent in Williamsport, it not only makes sense to have our art form here, but it really is needed. Holding the show here is the first building block in a 16-month plan I have which will culminate in a city-wide music and arts festival in the fall of 2014.”

Connor noted that Williamsport’s support of the arts and its imaginative culture adds to the quality of life but also allows a varied array of art forms to grow and thrive.

This Saturday’s show will feature a varied cast of players including more than 30 performers, with seven of those being from Williamsport.

“Burlesque is an empowering form of entertainment. Women feel sexier about themselves when they see other women owning their own body, regardless of imperfections or societal judgments,” Connor said. “It’s not a night at a seedy strip club, it is a multi-faceted art form that engages an audience and makes everyone involved happier, more confident and a little bit randy.”

While the show might be colorful, it’s not totally revealing or vulgar. However, the old stereotypes of burlesque being an evening of raunchy displays remains intact for some folks.

According to Connor, the only negative feedback the troupe has received over the past few years was from a few individuals who, although they never saw a show, thought it was too vulgar for Williamsport. Connor said those ideas are false and outdated as does Graves.

“Something really important for people to know is that we don’t appeal to just one demographic. Just last week we played a toned-down version of our show at a family campground and everyone loved us,” Graves said. “All of the moms wanted to talk, dads were standing in line for our guest performer, Amber Come-Hither, and the kids were all over me! Ha, ha, it was great! We literally have something for everyone and you’ll walk away excited for the next opportunity to see us perform.”

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