“The Great American Strip-Off!” comes to The Magnetic Theatre

Press release from The Magnetic Theatre:

Even as The Magnetic Theatre prepares to open The 45thAnnual Bernstein Family Christmas Spectacular, it proudly announces the fun with which it plans to launch the new year: the first-ever Great American Strip-Off!

And what is it? It’s burlesque! It’s improv! It’s fierce competition! It’s sexy ridiculousness like you’ve never seen it before!

The Great American Strip-Off! Is a burlesque improv spectacular conceived, directed, and hosted by Boo Velvet. Boo Velvet (aka Kathleen Hahn, owner of Danceclub Asheville) is a seasoned dancer and comedic burlesque performer in love with improv and exciting an audience. She will tease and tantalize as she shows off her beautiful cast of talent.

The performers of The Great American Strip-Off! will battle it out with striptease to win the hearts and votes of audience members, along with cold hard cash prize money. The five contestants will each select, from a hat, a mystery song and prop, on the spot, with no prior knowledge of what is in or will come out of that hat. The music could range from classic burlesque jazz to hip hop. The only thing the contestants have control over is their costumes.

After music and prop have been selected, it’s striptease improv go-time. The audience will decide who is the sexiest, most creative, entertaining, funniest stripteaser who gets the opportunity to move on to the next round. Three rounds, three costume changes, many stripteases, one winner.

Each weekend will highlight a brand new cast, with a range of experienced burlesque performers, actors, and comedic improvisers. This show presents the opportunity to witness the sexiest and funniest entertainers Asheville has to offer. Every show will provide a completely different experience. Boo Velvet will have a few surprises to keep everyone in the mood and will encourage audience participation that doesn’t make you want to roll your eyes but, instead, to jump out of your seat to be picked first! Don’t miss sexy/funny competition at its finest!

The Magnetic Theatre presents The Great American Strip-Off!, Conceived, Directed, and Hosted by Boo Velvet (aka Kathleen Hahn). At Magnetic 375 (375 Depot Street in the River Arts District). Thursdays-Saturdays at 9 PM, January 5-21. All performances $21 online/$24 at the door. Adults only, please. Tickets and info: www.themagnetictheatre.org. Info only: 828.239.9250.

About Thomas Calder
Thomas Calder received his MFA in Fiction from the University of Houston's Creative Writing Program. His writing has appeared in Gulf Coast, the Miracle Monocle, Juked and elsewhere. His debut novel, The Wind Under the Door, is now available.

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