A magical night at a beautiful burlesque wonderland

Ariel the Little Mermaid was only one of the many fairytale characters portrayed in the show. Photo by Marilla Steuter-Martin.

Experience sexier versions of your favourite childhood characters at The Wiggle Room

Classic fairytale stories and themes are explored, with a twist, in the delightfully entertaining Fairytale Burlesque show at The Wiggle Room.

Before the curtain opened, drag king Nat King Pole, the show’s dynamic host, began to rap his own unique version of the song “Gold Digger”: “Yeah, I ain’t sayin’ I’m a muff diver, but I be hangin’ with some pretty ladies.” His rendition was met with raucous laughter from the crowds.

Nat King Pole hosted the show bilingually, easily switching back and forth between English and French. He amused the room in between acts with crotch-grabbing and raunchy jokes.

There were eight acts during the night, all with their own signature flare. The first performer was Madria, a queen who was seducing people with the use of black magic.

Ariel the Little Mermaid was only one of the many fairytale characters portrayed in the show. Photo by Marilla Steuter-Martin.

Ruby Rhapsody was next as Little Red Riding Hood, clad in a sparkling red cape and dancing around a wolf. Next up, Tranna Wintour, a trans comedian, told us about her visit to New York City, where she performed in some top comedy shows. She told the crowd that, “my milkshake brings all the sexually confused boys to the yard.” She was dressed like a modern-day Cinderella, clad in sunglasses, fur leopard coat, pink skirt and leggings. Her reasons for being home at the stroke of midnight were slightly different than that of the original tale, though: “I have to be home by the stroke of midnight or my beard grows.”

Lulu les Belles Mirettes, burlesque geek artist, made us laugh with her comedic doll routine and awkward expressions.

Audrey Ivory portrayed Ariel from the Disney’s The Little Mermaid. She brushed her red hair with a long fork and stared at a framed photo of her sailor crush. When Nat King Pole showed up dressed as a sailor, she tried to catch his attention multiple times. When he did notice her, he was a little turned off by the fins.. so of course they had to come off.

The next performance started with a woman in a sexy bunny suit running away from the stage. Lavender May appeared soon after as Alice in Wonderland, wearing a skirt with colourful, functional light bulbs. She stumbled upon a mushroom, and then licked it, only to realize that it was a psychedelic mushroom. At this point, the lights went off and Lavender May began to glow in the dark with fluorescent clothes, makeup and nails, showing the audience what Alice would look like if she were on drugs.

After that hallucinogenic episode, Lady Hoops impressed the crowd with her spinning hula hoops number, using up to five hula-hoops at a time.

Nat King Pole was very secretive about what the final performance would be. After some intrigue was created, a woman in a red dress brought holy water and placed it on branches. As she removed her cape, she cleansed herself with it. The crowd was so focused on her that nobody noticed a woman in a black dress advancing to the stage. She removed her pointy hat and grabbed the woman in red, first dancing with her before stripping her. When the woman in red fell to the ground, the other removed her cape and dress, revealing latex pants, and started to cleanse herself with holy water. Reine Rouge and Reine Noire were performing for the first time that night and they did an incredible job.

Overall, Fairytale Burlesque was funny, sexy and even magical. Definitely worth checking out!

For more information on burlesques shows at The Wiggle Room, visit the wiggleroom.ca.

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