Best Of Asheville Vaudeville

Asheville Vaudeville is back, with more juggling, comedy, magic, burlesque and short plays. In fact, the upcoming Friday, Aug. 6 show is slated to be so good it’s being billed as both the biggest and the best.

According to a press release, “The BEST OF Asheville Vaudeville show features acts selected and chosen by our audience members and Facebook fans. As a result, the BEST OF Asheville Vaudeville will showcase fifteen acts from our seven consecutive months of sold-out shows. This is your show.”

The event brings not only a showcase of local talent (core troupe members include Tom the Magician, Vendetta Creme, Charlie K Chaplin, Strings Attached Marionettes by Madison J. Cripps, Forty Fingers and the Missing Tooth, Sirius.B and host Baron Von Sneeden) but it’s also a fundraiser for MANNA Food Bank.

That fits in with the show’s mission: “In short: we aim not only to astound, to please, and to entertain, but to do so with alarming consistency; to craft a troupe of continually-developing performers and provide exposure to noteworthy new performers and acts; to build and nurture an audience who feel constantly reminded of why they live in Asheville; to offer work, exposure, and artistic collaboration to all our performers; to provide 600 meals to hungry members of our community for every sold-out show and – ultimately – to instigate a new artistic movement in Asheville in celebration and continuation of such fine American institutions as variety theatre, burlesque, sideshow and, particularly, vaudeville.”

Asheville Vaudeville donates a third of all proceeds to MANNA; each sold out show provides some 2,000 meals. Learn more here.

The Friday, Aug. 6 show begins at 8 p.m. at Club 828.

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About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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