Good-night, Kansas City….
Good-night, Kansas City….
Introducing a new way to experience theater. Rather than turning your phone off, Center Screen lets you keep yours on and be part of the show. You can impact the performance, interact with dancers and more. Experience it at The New Century Follies Presents: Ballyhoo Hullabaloo! 8/24 at the Folly Theater.
“Opal Malone (aka Katie Gilchrist) is a rare gem… An artful and accomplished actor, singer, director, producer, and musician from Kansas City, Missouri, she sings like a nightingale and she’s clever like a fox. She is perfectly proud, and pleased as punch, to be a part of The New Century Follies, as well as a founding member of both The Monocle and The Living Room Theatre. Opal most sincerely thanks you all the way from the bottom of her warm, swiftly beating heart, for doing all you can to support the arts in this remarkable city, and in any city across the globe, but especially this one.”
“Sweet Louise, Pearl of the Plains, is a glamorously comedic and fiercely sensual performer, who has been delighting burlesque audiences since 2007. She’s been a performer, producer, and passionate instructor to both budding and broadly blossomed burly beauties. It’s been said of Sweet Louise’s teaching, ”I love what she does for the people around her. She dusts off the beauty inside everyone.” And as a performer? She has a knack for goofy glamour, topsy turvy teases and sexpot class. She’s a performer who knows that farts are funny, feathers are fabulous and there’s no such thing as too much sparkle. Watching Sweet Louise: wolf whistles, howls of laughter, and gasps of beauty. You may never catch your breath again.
And what of the New Century Follies? It’s a rare gift. An artistic joy to be a part of the NCF Team. We are bringing forward classic entertainment from bygone years - burlesque, big band, vaudeville, variety, comedy, all with a deep reverence for our roots and a desire to entertain your pants off …or rather our pants off. In an era too often defined by distance and disengagement, being apart of an NCF show whether back stage or in the audience feels a bit like waking up in a 1950’s movie musical in the era when there was No Business like Show Business. So join us, sing along if you know the words. *movie star wink*”
“Damian Blake is a man of many faces. A Kansas City actor, artist, and physical comedian, Damian started his obsession with silent film and offbeat humor at an early age. He hosted his 4th grade talent show as Groucho Marx, complete with musical numbers and wink-wink double entendres, and started dressing as Chaplin at age three. Recently he has appeared in the Coterie Theater’s ‘Lyle the Crocodile’ and ‘Slashdance’, and The Living Room’s ‘A Bucket of Blood,’ and ’The Accidental Waiter’. He, along with his wife Annie Cherry, is the co-founder and co-producer of both ‘The New Century Follies’ and ‘The Nightcap’, a live late-night talk show. They also travel the United States as entertainment-for-hire at private events and variety shows. He has provided baggy pants comedy and the occasional striptease to countless burlesque and vaudeville shows, and was recently crowned the King of the 2013 Kansas City Burlesque Festival. Damian is also an internationally recognized Charlie Chaplin impersonator, having appeared as Chaplin in print, on film, and for numerous corporations. In his free time he drinks coffee, designs show posters, and thinks about all the sleep he could be sleeping if he didn’t have so many damned cats.”
“Annie Cherry was born at high noon in the springtime, near the mighty, muddy Missouri River. She grew up dancing, singing, and making people laugh. As a young woman, she fell prey to the lure of a belly dancer’s swaying hips, inspiring her to learn how to shake her own moneymaker. The earthy drumbeats evolved into the thrill of the jazz band and the bump ‘n’ grind, and Annie’s career moved onto the burlesque stage. Her deep love for the shimmy and shake remains strong, as she also explores other forms of self-expression, from pantomime to street performing, film acting, writing, and producing theatre.
When Annie’s personality began to outgrow the barroom stages, she pushed her way into just about every vintage venue her fair city had to offer. She now co-produces The New Century Follies. The Follies hearken back to the golden age of yesteryear, without falling victim to society’s tendency to sanitize history. The Follies often takes place at The Folly, Kansas City’s oldest theater, but you never really know where one of these bawdy hullabaloos might pop up…
Annie’s greatest wish is to continue creating life-affirming, joyful, immersive theatrical experiences… and also to partake of very good bourbon.”
Live Vaudeville and Burlesque returns to the historic Folly Theater, with LIVE musical accompaniment!
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