Hattiesburlesque is gearing up for a brand new show this month and from the looks of it, it promises to be the best one yet.
"We are thrilled to introduce eight new dancers who will be joining 12 of the original cast members for this show," said Rebecca Chandler, one of the creators and choreographers of this local phenomenon that began more than three years ago.
"Our designers have built a whole new stage in the performance room of the Hippo, making it possible for every seat in the house to feel like they're in the center of the action,” said Abigail Allen, co-creator and producer of the shows. “ We now have a giant catwalk that shoots out into the middle of the audience assuring that site lines are clear from every single seat!"
They have also made a change in the seating this time around, leaving more room for every single audience member to jump to their feet, dance and move around freely during the performances.
"Our original concept for Hattiesburlesque has always been for it to feel like a Speakeasy where people can enjoy the show while having the freedom to move freely through the crowd and socialize," said Allen. “We finally feel like this set-up will lend itself to that concept and we're so excited about it.
“HattiesBurlesque always feels like a giant pile of love and fellowship in this great community of ours, so we want to promote that not only through the message that we share from the stage, but through the atmosphere that we create for the audience as well.”
Another change that the Hattiesburlesque Krewe has made for the show is that Brad Newton has officially taken the reins as musical director.
"He knows more about music than anyone I've ever known," said Katie Ginn, the third of the trinity of creators and choreographer for the show. "The music for the show is the best we've seen so far and the audience is going to be blown away!"
Up to this point, there has been a theme for every show. This time around the theme is simply "sexy."
"We are really hoping that our audience members will continue the tradition of getting dressed up for the evening, whether that be Burlesque-style attire or just getting all dolled up,” said Chandler. “It's so much fun to be at an event where everyone is taking part. It's one of the things that we are truly proud of."
Hattiesburlesque will be at the Thirsty Hippo April 6-8 p.m. and tickets can be purchased online at ThirstyHippo.com or hattiesburglivemusic.com and you can also find Hattiesburlesque on Facebook.