Opening tomorrow, December 3, 2010, is the Traveling Carnival Freakshow – a holiday-themed show featuring an amalgam of elements of theatre, dance, burlesque and cabaret.
Traveling Carnival Freakshow expresses the milieu within which the narrative of this show takes place within its title. Set on Christmas Eve in a Dust Bowl town, a traveling carnival freakshow has rolled into town bringing with it a dark, magical force.Â A young drifter falls for a carnival freak, a female who is part woman, part puppet and part machine, but emotionally all too human. She is in thrall to the carnival”™s owner, an evil woman with sorcerous powers. Will the young man be able to rescue her?
The story is very loosely based on the legend of The Nutcracker. It”™s a new show for the holidays, but definitely not for kids. Like last year”™sÂ very successful Eclectic Company Theatre holiday presentation, X-Mas Cabaret, this new evening will feature a variety of guest specialty artists. Last year”™s roster included burlesque dancers, belly dancers, a juggler, a vocalist and a stand-up comedian, all of them top-flight. Expect more top-quality variety acts this year, in a solidly entertaining show for adult audiences.
Is it a play? Is it a cabaret? Is it dance? It”™s all of the above.
The cast for Traveling Carnival Freakshow includes (in alphabetical order)Â Danielle Cintron, Questa Gleason, Mason Hallberg, Jeff Newman, Beth Ricketson, Erin Treanor and Sahar Yousefi.
CONSUMER ADVISORY: This show is suggested for Adult audiences (18 and older).
Special guest artists as of this posting (more may be added later):
Burlesque performer Judy Luck: Dec. 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12.
Burlesque performer Akira Inaction on Dec. 10.
Burlesque performer Holly Rock-It on Dec. 17.
Macabre performance art by La Petite Guignole on Dec. 18 and 19.
Burlesque performer Scarlett Letter on Dec. 18 and 19.
Written by Chelsea Sutton and Questa Gleason and directed by Chelsea Sutton, this show is produced by Erin Treanor, Mason Hallberg and Questa Gleason for The Eclectic Company Theatre. Choreography is by Mason Hallberg.
WHERE: The Eclectic Company Theatre, 5312 Laurel Canyon Blvd. (between Chandler and Magnolia), Valley Village, CA 91607.
WHEN: December 3- 19, 2010. Fri. & Sat. at 9, Sun. at 8pm.
ADMISSION: $15.00 (cheap!)
RESERVATIONS: (818) 508-3003.
ONLINE TICKETING: go here.
Report by Pauline Adamek.