Welcome to Hell Week: The Neverland Night Circus at Vancouver Fringe opens on Friday

by Miss Violet DeVille September 8 Performance

hell week \ ˈhel wēk \ (noun) Hell week, also called technical week, tech week, tech, techweek, and production week, is the week prior to the opening night of a play, musical or similar production in which all of the technical elements (such as costumes, lights, sound, set and makeup) are present during rehearsal for the first time.

I'm am safe ensconced in my host's home up here in Vancouver as we prepare for the opening of the Geekender's Neverland Night Circus run for the Vancouver Fringe Festival. We spent a few hours last night blocking my scene--figuring out how I'm moving--and what bits of business we're going to be doing with my character.Copyright

And who am I? Why, only the fairy mother of the night, midwife to sleeper’s dreams, Queen Mab. A simple “your majesty” will suffice.

Tonight is tech rehearsal. The plan is to run the show at least 3 times tonight. The Neverland Night Circus is an immersive piece of theater, set up in a similar fashion to haunted attractions, where groups of audience members walk from scene to scene which enforces social distancing and small groups in this time of plague. I'm super excited about this innovative approach to managing COVID risk in the theater.

The Neverland Night Circus is a retelling of the Peter Pan story. It's delightful and innovative in its telling.

"Come away with me."

You hesitate... But who doesn't want to run away with the circus?

You escape to a big top lost outside of time, an ephemeral spectacle that springs up every night at dusk in an explosion of music and glitter, only to disappear again as sunbeams crawl over the morning horizon. Audience members will follow that perpetual boy to meet scintillating mermaids, beautiful fairies, and the hopeful Wendy, deciding as she does whether to stay in Neverland... or to fly away home.

The Neverland Night Circus at the Vancouver Fringe Festival opens Friday night, September 10th, and continues through the 19th. Tickets are $15 and the show runs for about an hour. Tickets are available here.

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 Come run away with me. The circus beckons you to join us!


Recent shoot with John Cornicello


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Photo by John Cornicello
Yesterday I had a photoshoot with the amazingly talented photographer, and one of the nicest people I know, John Cornicello of Cornicello Photography. Here's a sneak peek at one of the images we created.

 


The muse strikes again


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Bathroom selfies never looked so good.
Well, my muse has struck again. I was lying there, half-asleep with my noise-canceling headphones on when the song came on and a fan dance pops into my head.

Much like the Hospital Woman, where I took Florence + the Machine’s Shake It Out and reinterpreted it as an anthem of shaking off society’s imposed shame on queer people, this time I’m reinterpreting a love song.

It was originally a plea from a son to his mother, seeking her approval of his love. Approval and withheld from him.

I hear a trans woman, standing before the vanity, begging herself in the mirror. That love is the love she feels for herself but she doesn’t know if it’s real or not. So she pleads with herself. To be worthy of that love.

Let the act development process begin! Now I just need to build myself a vanity that breaks down and travels easily.

 


Astrophotography in Dayville, OR


About a month ago, I snuck off with Lilith Van Dyke to a small cottage nestled in the black skies of Central Oregon to take photos of the Galactic Central Core. We also visited the John Day Fossil Beds and got our nerd on with rocks.

Here are a few of those nighttime skies.

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Every time I go out into the dark, I always pick up some new bit of information that makes my photos better.

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Lilith is in silhouette from the citronella candles near the car. She did her photography using her phone's astrophotography features and they turned out simply stunning.

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All three of the photos were processed as a stack, or many exposures of the same area of the sky layered together and composited to get the best visual information.

This was a fine way to spend the second weekend in June.


Guest hosting this Wednesday at Hot Wench Summer (and Swain)!


Royal Angels Present
Hot Wench Summer (and Swain)

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Come enjoy a free pirate-themed burlesque and drag variety show!

July 14th, 2021
Doors at 7:00 pm
Show at 8:00 pm
All Ages until 9:00 pm

With indoor and outdoor seating!

Raffle prizes abound!

Guest host Miss Violet DeVille
Music by DJ Clove Sloth

Swashbuckling Performers
• Muse Macabre
• Maria Gonorrhea
• Ahri Catastrophe
• Kim Blythe
• Mercy Stackhouse
• Russell Roberre Royale
• Curvy Cake Royale

Picadilly Circus
1104 First Street
Snohomish, WA

Wheelchair accessible and dog-friendly venue


Miss Ellie Productions Presents: The Inaugural Rise & Grind Show on 7/17


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Let's bring them back, but add a little spice... Join us on the third Saturday of each month for a sexy variety show chock full of the vitamins and nutrients your body needs - and by that I mean mimosas! Enjoy act after act as Miss Ellie Fox introduces you to her special guest co-hosts Sparkle Kraken and Lexxi Shackels as we learn more about them as performers!

Your Cast:

  • Audrey Azazel
  • Dark Felina
  • Eva D'Luscious
  • Holden McGroin-Yaz
  • Kitten A. Round
  • Lexxi Shackels
  • Scarlett O'Heartless
  • Temera Titty
  • and Miss Violet DeVille

Tickets for July 17th at 10:00 am PT are available from http://tinyurl.com/riseandgrind1


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Makeup and act retooling inspiration


Last night, just before my show, I stumbled on a timelapse video of Rabbit, from Steam Powered Giraffe, doing her show makeup from 2016. Of course, the F/X artist in me is analyzing her technique, breaking down what she's doing and what she's using.

I forgot how much I enjoyed this kind of thinking and work.

It turns out there's another angle of the video on her YouTube channel I'll need to check out later.

I'll be honest here, this is hella inspiring as I've been working on an update to my Windup Doll act.


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Did you miss Weird Tales #6 last night?

by Miss Violet DeVille October 23 Performance

I have long loved horror movies and horror comic books and the 1982 film CREEPSHOW was the perfect melding of the two. Last night was the WEIRD TALES VIRTUAL ANTHOLOGY #6, in which I had the joy of sharing my CREEPSHOW inspired act, The Lonesome Death of Jody Verrill is free to watch. 

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The show is free to watch and airs every Tuesday and Thursday night through Halloween at 7:00 pm ET/4:00 pm PT.

Last night's show featured the following  performances:

  • "The Garden" by Lola La Colombe
  • "Amazing Grace" by London St. Juniper
  • "The Lonesome Death of Jody Verrill" by Miss Violet DeVille
  • "Rattlin' Bones" by Taras Nadtochii
  • "A Racial History of Spooking" by Harley Honey

WEIRD TALES #6 is sponsored by Scarlet Envelope, Escape Room style games for playing at home.

Please tip the performers. We work hard to bring you this entertainment.

Won't you come and watch?


Reliving old trauma


Holy shit. That was way more re-traumatizing than I thought it would be.

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I'm watching the docu-series Challenger: The Final Flight on Netflix. Episode 3 just finished with the explosion of the orbiter.

All of sudden, I was in the 7th grade again and 11 years old. I working on a video project for my English class in the media center with a friend. We were crudely splicing video clips together using a pair of VCRs. We had a stack of video cassettes full of stuff we had recorded off of cable television at home. I was that kid who was obsessed with space travel and science-fiction, we both were, and we had planned on breaking for the launch. We just took a break from shooting video we had just captured.

I remember many of the adults I knew were passe about the launches, they had become commonplace. To us, we were excited. We were the generation that grew up on all 3 Star Wars movies. We watched the lift-off. I could only imagine how loud the engines were and the heat from the engines. We let our imaginations run.

We had lift-off.

We held our breath for what felt like forever. Once we thought it was free, we cheered. We were excited again. We were excited about every launch. The last time we watched a shuttle launch in the Media Center, we were scolded for being too loud.

73 seconds into launch, everything changed. The orbiter had come apart and exploded. We stood there with our mouths open.

"The silence is deafening." - Tom Brokaw, reporting on the accident

At the time, I was devastated but in that abstract way. There was a teacher on that flight and she could've been one of my teachers. 

I don't remember anything of the rest of that day. But I remember that moment. 

I am not okay at the moment but I'll be fine in the end, I've processed this shock before but with all of the interviews and archival footage, this way more personal.

I need something lighter. I think continuing my binge-watching of Lucifer should do the trick.


One week until my birthday


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The show poster from Life, The Universe and Pasties from 2014, when I celebrated for my 42nd birthday.

Next Tuesday, my fourth decade gets closer to a close as I turn 48. So far, this has been my favorite decade. This weekend, I am doing things I love. Like spending the weekend with my family, including my eldest step-daughter from my first marriage. I feel so blessed to have reconnected with her after all these years.

Madame DeVille plotting my cake and dinner for Saturday, but also a mystery dinner. I have I can eat it! Even if I can't, the thought is still extremely sweet and I appreciate it. 

The first thing that I love doing is photographing a show, Behind The Garage Door: A Burlesque Show on Friday night at 7:30 pm at Bad Jimmy's Brewing Co. I love capturing artists in the middle of their performances, whether a behind the scenes photo or a photo captured in the middle of passion realized on stage. Let's be clear, the line up for this show is amazing and will knock your stripy socks off. Performances from Whisper De Corvo, Mx Pucks A Plenty, Carson St Clair, Lavish Leone, Coco Lopez, Vena Kahlo, Emerald Rain, Amara Strutt, Pat Smear, and your host, Moxie Blue. Tickets are limited, so get yours today for some live burlesque for the first time since March.

Saturday night, I'm performing in Royal T's Queen's Night 5: Birthday Bash! Not only am I celebrating my birthday that night, Royal T, Montreal's premiere multi-disciplinarian troupe bringing burlesque, circus, and variety performances. And they are celebrating 5 years of performance goodness. The very hot line up for the evening includes Royal T, Sis Void, Evora Night, Soly Luna, Ozalee Phoenix, Dark Felina, Symbiosis, Rasa Vitalia, Noéline La Bouche, me, and Shyama! This international lineup is going to be AMAZEBALLS! The show will stream live from Facebook Live and Zoom!

 It's one week and I am stoked!


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