Hattiesburlesque Returns

Hattiesburlesque is back to haunt the Thirsty Hippo this Halloween season.

Ask anyone who has attended multiple Hattiesburlesque shows and they'll probably tell you that Halloween shows take  the cake.

"There is something about Halloween that gives everyone the license to dress up for the occasion," said Rebecca Chandler, co-creator and choreographer. "Whether dressed in their favorite Halloween costume or simply dressed with some burlesque flair, fans of the show really go all out at Halloween."

Another great aspect of the "Haunted" Thirsty Hippo is how the production team really goes crazy with the decor.

"The Hippo is absolutely transformed and we all do it together," boasts Keenan Walker, the show’s stage manager. "This year the theme will be a mad scientist laboratory straight out of a ’60s sci-fi movie and I really think the audience is going to love it!"

As many Hattiesburg residents are already aware, Hattiesburlesque is a burlesque-inspired musical review that carries a message of acceptance and appreciation of beauty in all shapes and sizes. This time around, however, they will be carrying another important message.

"The Waiting for a Cure Foundation, which raises funding and awareness for breast cancer, contacted us about the idea," said Abigail Allen, the shows co-creator and producer.

"They said that when they had their board meeting, several of the board members came to the table with the idea of partnering with Hattiesburlesque because as they put it, ‘here's a bunch of women running around in their bras with a positive message for Hattiesburg… Wouldn't they be perfect to do our bra fundraiser with?’ We absolutely agreed!"

The result of this awesome partnership is that the Thirsty Hippo will be hosting a silent auction of bras designed by local artists and celebrities during the shows in the front bar area with all of the proceeds raised going directly to the Waiting for a Cure Foundation.

This time around, the production team boasts the largest cast to date with 27 dancers and performers hitting the stage alongside 7 musicians who make up the live band.

"Lord knows where we’re going to put the audience," said Allison Neville, a long-time veteran of the show and creative consultant this time around. "All I can say is this show is going to be a ton of spooky Halloween fun mixed in with a bunch of sexy and everyone's going to have a blast."

Shows are set October 12, 13 and 14 and tickets can be purchased online at www.thirstyhippo.com.

Hattiesburlesque shows always sell out, so get your tickets while you still can. This is one of the coolest things to do in this beloved town, so don't miss it.