Beggars Ball was a Blast!

Our New Years show, co-hosted by Armitage Shanks of Circus Contraption, was a huge success! We pre-sold over 400 tickets before doors even opened, and the ballroom filled up quickly with our audience dressed up in their new years best, milling among the stilt walkers, barkers, and sideshow walkabout performers. Our gypsy market in the balcony was hoppin with fancy stalls selling jewelry, masks, posters, and beautiful steampunk creations. Terry the whipcracker was throwing knives upstairs, while the cute little bearded lady made her rounds. I was busy backstage so I didn’t get to see the full setup, but I hear we even had a kissing booth that night!

I love doing our full Beggars Carnivale show at home in St. Louis. Casa Loma Ballroom is so big, it affords us space for a whole sideshow tent, a second bar, and plenty of room gypsy market vendors to sell their wares before and during intermission. And, because you can see the main stage from the balcony, you can still shop and mill about up there during show time and keep an eye on what’s happening. It tends to be pretty full up there. Lots of fun, lots of people in big fancy hats!

This was by far our most successful show for 2011. It was also our longest! We filled three whole acts, much thanks to the brilliant Armitage. What a funny, clever, wonderful man. I was blown away by his BIG talent and his professionalism. And he was so very sweet!

photo by Virginia Harold

photo by Virginia Harold

As for my bit in the main show, I think it went well! I performed around 11:45 and again right after we celebrated the New Year.

Just before midnight, Armitage brought the entire cast onstage and we made the audience dance with us to Pink Elephants On Parade. Everyone looked ridiculous! We were laughing so hard.

photo by Virginia Harold

And then it was time for the confetti cannons, HAPPY NEW YEAR!

After midnight a few of us performed intermittently while the audience and cast enjoyed a breakfast buffet and an amazing dance party by DJ Shawn Gaston.

Copyright. Richard A Nichols

by Gina Simon Photography

by Gina Simon Photography

Copyright. Richard A Nichols

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