Friday Tip

Dear Constant Reader,

Happy Friday! We’re appearing tonight in Burlesque Macabre and I am incredibly excited to be doing a darkly seasonal show. This is the only time of year we get to do anything like this.

Here’s your tip!

Stage kittens have a very important job.
(Photo of stage kitten extraordinaire Guilted Lilly by Bruce Davis)

A “stage kitten”* for the non-burlesque folks are the crew members who clean the stage of discarded costume pieces and props. They also set up and remove any set pieces and sometimes interact with the performers, maybe to hand them an item. Backstage, they are there to support the performers and the best ones always seem to have that thing you need right now, like a safety pin. They are a vital part of the show.

A great stage kitten is an amazing asset to a show and makes performances run smoothly. It’s also a good way to get your feet wet in the world of burlesque.

However, I don’t love the idea that being a stage kitten is a required stepping stone to performing and that one has to pay one’s dues by being a stage kitten before performing. Like I said, I think it’s a fine way to start out, but it’s not required. Not everyone is cut out to be a stage kitten. It requires a certain focus and attention to detail.

I do think every performer should try their hand at it at least once, because it will give you an appreciation for the job and those who do it. It’s absolute nonsense that performers are somehow a step up from kittens (yes, I’ve heard people refuse a kittening job as though it were an insult to be asked). You’re all necessary for a good show!

In the world of theatre, there are performers and there are crew. Stage kittens straddle that line, since they are meant to be a visible part of the show, but also help keep it moving smoothly.

*Also called a stage panther, pickup artist, and other cute names. Let me know your favorites in the comments!

M2Like this tip? There are lots more in Miss Mina Murray’s Little Book of Better Burlesque.

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