For the past three years the Hattiesburlesque at the Thirsty Hippo has been a burlesque-inspired musical revue.
The show has gained popularity over the past three years for it's entertainment value in this unique setting. This year's theme is a mad scientists laboratory theme, with 27 dancers and also a male dancer. The shows will be held at the Thirsty Hippo on Oct. 12-14 at 8:30 p.m.
"This time around we have 27 dancers, we've added a boy dancer and a couple of really awesome surprises," said co-producer of Hattiesburlesque, Abigail Allen. "They can expect to be entertained, it's sassy, it's definitely an adult show but in no way smutty, and kind of a nod to old burlesque with a modern twist."
The show includes a rock 'n' roll band playing live with the dancers.
"We tend to have more women in the audience than men because it really is a positive body message and a positive inside message," Allen said. "It makes people feel really good, when they leave they say that they feel more beautiful than they did when they came in."
She said that's a real awesome complement to hear.
"People are freed up when they come to the show, there is something that happens to the audience," Allen said. "Where people from all walks of life decide to come and there is no judgement. "
This year the group has partnered up with the non-profit Waiting for a Cure Foundation, which will have a silent auction of bras that were decorated by local artists and donated by some of the performers on the show. The bras can be seen on display at the Thirsty Hippo on Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The foundation serves the needs of local breast cancer patients.
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