Friday Tip

Dear Constant Reader,

Starting this Friday you can see The BeauTease and friends and apprentices in The ScroogeCo Holiday Office Party. It’s not one of our typical theatre shows, but an evening of interactive fun. Join the party to celebrate the merger of ScroogeCo and KKringle Inc! There will be games, holiday music, drinks at the bar, singing, dancing, magic and of course, burlesque. The show is Dec. 2-4 and 8-10. Tickets are available now.

Now for your tip!

If you have pets, make sure precious things like boas, fans, D’Lish robes, rhinestoned shoes, &c. are kept secured when you aren’t actively using them.

As the Martha Stewart of Burlesque, I’m often asked what to do when a cat pees on a costume or a dog chews on Pleasers. Prevention is key! I admit that I need to take my own advice, Albert A. Cat was such a restrained gentleman that I got lazy and left things lying around because I knew he’d leave them in peace, not matter how many feathers they had (and he did love feathers). With young Bartholomew, the world is his toybox and I have had to be more vigilant.

M2

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Published in: on 25 November 2022 at 3:05 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Friday Tip

Dear Constant Reader,

It’s Friday again and I am back in Boston after a grand time in Seattle. I’ll tell you all about it, but, given my track record, it’s going to take some time.

This tip is based on my recent travels:

To save time and money when you travel, pack your own food.

This is particularly useful when you’re going to be in a hotel and there isn’t much around, like many conventions. Rather than pay hotel prices or take the time to go far afield for meals, I pack stuff for breakfast and lunch (and then splurge on dinner). Since most hotel rooms have coffee makers, there’s hot water, so I pack instant oatmeal (Trader Joe’s makes a sea salt & cocoa oatmeal that’s a treat) and soup cups (TJ’s used to carry cups of fresh noodles that were supposed to be heated, but were also good cold). If your accommodations have a microwave, you have even more options. I also bring fresh fruit, like apples or oranges, baby carrots, protein bars, and trail mix.

Not only are you saving money (so you can buy goodies from the vendors), but you have more room in your suitcase on the trip home (in which to pack the aforementioned goodies).

M2

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Published in: on 18 November 2022 at 3:49 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Friday Tip

Dear Constant Reader,

Greetings from BurlyCon! Have a tip!

It’s that time of year when holiday acts are getting booked, so…

Get out all the costumes and props for your holiday acts and make sure they are in good condition.

They’ve probably been packed away since the last time you did a holiday show (in past times I would have said “last year”). Check them over and make any repairs necessary. Maybe plan some embellishments or upgrades. If you realize you haven’t used something in quite a while, perhaps it’s time to deaccession it.

M2

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Published in: on 11 November 2022 at 11:00 am  Leave a Comment  
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Friday Tip

Dear Constant Reader,

It’s Friday! How about a tip?

When sewing velvet, only pin within the seam allowance.

Velvet has a lush look and catches the light in interesting ways which makes it a  natural for adding drama on stage. However, the pile can crush easily while you are sewing it and the marks are very hard to get out. Pinning where it won’t show on the outside is the key to keeping your velvet beautiful. And a pinboard, but that is a tip for another time.

M2

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Published in: on 4 November 2022 at 3:30 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Friday Tip

Dear Constant Reader,

It’s Friday! Time for a tip!

We’ve got a private Halloween show tomorrow night and the careful way Scratch set up the order of acts inspired this tip.

Make life easier for your stage hands with the show order.

If possible, put numbers with an elaborate set up at the start of a set and follow with a simple one. Put numbers with a complicated clean up at the end of a set. If two performers need a table or other similar set piece (and the acts aren’t too thematically similar), put them back to back.

M2

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Published in: on 28 October 2022 at 3:25 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Friday Tip

Dear Constant Reader,

Tonight is Absinthe Unveiled! and I’m unveiling a new act with a new costume. I’m rather excited to show you all! But first, your tip:

Don’t stretch yourself too thin.

It’s very flattering to be asked and invited to perform, to teach, to speak, &c. But if you’ve got a lot on your plate and you’re going to have to cut corners to get it all accomplished,  as hard as it is, you should turn the offer down. Doing a lot of things poorly is not going to enhance your reputation.

M2

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Published in: on 14 October 2022 at 10:16 am  Leave a Comment  
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Friday Tip

Dear Constant Reader,

Greetings from sunny Florida! This week’s tip is about tipping!

If there’s tipping at your show, make sure the cast, crew, and audience all understand how it works.

I have seen so many methods for tipping: performer goes through the audience with a container (champagne bucket, top hat, trick or treat pumpkin, &c.), stage kitten goes through the audience with a container, performer lets the audience stick money in their costume, audience throws money at the stage, container by the stage, container for each performer by the stage, envelopes at seats, &c. I’m sure there are more I have forgotten.

Make sure everyone knows what tipping method you are using, the cast and crew well before the show, and the audience early in the show, so there are no surprises.

Very importantly, how are the tips distributed? Does each performer keep the money given specifically to them? Or are the tips shared? If so, how many ways are they split? Does the host get a share? Does the stage crew? Again, this needs to be communicated in advance.

Also, don’t forget electronic tipping. Have QR codes or info for all the different payment services available to the audience. If the tips are pooled and split, let the performers know when and how they’ll be getting their share.

M2

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Published in: on 7 October 2022 at 11:00 am  Leave a Comment  
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Friday Tip

Dear Constant Reader,

I’m at the New York Burlesque Festival! But I didn’t want to forget your tip.

When you travel, try to go to a burlesque show.

Not only is it fun to attend shows, it’s good to get outside your usual stomping grounds. Unfamiliar performers and acts are inspiring in multiple ways. Regional differences in performance and production are always interesting (at least I think so!) and may give you some good ideas. And do try to meet the folks involved — you might make a business contact, or a friend.

M2

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Published in: on 30 September 2022 at 11:27 am  Leave a Comment  
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Friday Tip

Dear Constant Reader,

A quick reminder to vote for me for the Dorian Gray Award and the Producer’s Dream Award Golden Pasties!

Here’s your tip!

When everything is a rush, you need to slow down. 

Things seem to always go wrong when we’re trying to beat the clock. We miss a turn on the way to a gig. We sew a seam wrong side out. We forget to pack something important. We break things. We lose things. It ends up taking even more time and energy.

Stop. Take a breath. Yes, work quickly, but not in a panic. Take the time to double-check things

As the Emperor Augustus said, Festina lente, make haste slowly.

M2

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Published in: on 16 September 2022 at 4:18 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Friday Tip

Dear Constant Reader,

Before we get to your tip, I just want to remind you that nominations for the Golden Pastie Awards close on Sunday. Please nominate me for the Producers Dream and Dorian Gray awards. You can vote once a day! If I’m one of the nominees, I’ll have some silly fun for you in the next couple of weeks.

If you know the dressing room at a venue is small, arrive with hair & makeup done.

It frees up the space for active costume changes and you all won’t be piled on top of one another trying to put your face on before the show starts.

M2

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Published in: on 9 September 2022 at 4:39 pm  Leave a Comment  
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