3, 2, 1...Press Play!
Press Play Burlesque Improv Competition is back for it's second year at the wonderful Cassette Nine in Auckland CBD. We had an incredible, sell out competition in 2018 which was full of laughs, frivolity, drama and the (very) unexpected! Va-Va-Voom Productions and Cassette Nine are shining up their dancing shoes, getting ready to put on another highly entertaining round of shenanigans for competitors and audience members alike.
How does Press Play work? Our eight contestants, all from around New Zealand, will choose a musical genre and then be given a random song from the genre they picked. Then, they'll be given an “ask for” from the audience (a suggestion as to how to perform, or what to include as a part of their routine) and then will have to shimmy, shake and improvise for their lives. The two highest scoring performers at the end of the night will then compete against each other in a battle royale of off-the-cuff burlesque to win the title of Press Play Champion 2019.
Burlesque dancing to RnB with Missy Elliot's 'Loose Control' with an ask for of the condiment "mayonnaise", anyone? Or perhaps some Pop with Britney Spears 'Stronger' with an ask for of a significant life event like "childbirth", perchance? These are just two of the eight examples of what happened last year - who knows what madness will strike this year! You'd best be there to find out.
Our venue for the evening is where all the kool kats hang, Cassette Nine. They promise to fill you with special cocktails, world famous teapots, tantalizing meals and other mouth-watering refreshments.
Our competitors for Press Play 2019 are:
- Simone V. (AK)
- Pandora Cherie (AK)
- Miss Mimesis (CH)
- Vola Tile (AK)
- Felix Goodfellow (WGN)
- Fanny McBangers (AK)
- Cherry Boomb (NPE)
- EmJay Lacy (TRG)
Hosted by Steven Lyons
Judged by our trifactor panel of experts Hannah Tasker-Poland (Professional Dancer & Burlesque Performer), Mark Scott (Professional Comedian & Theatrical Improvisor) and Blue Virtue (Press Play Champion 2018)
Want to splash out and attend the night in style? Be sure to purchase yourself a VIP ticket package (2x tickets per package) which includes two seats at either a cabaret table or booth with the best views in the house. To tempt you further, we’ll throw in a house drink or bubbles to wash down your choice of meal from the specially crafted Cassette Nine menu. Oh, and did we mention you also get an exclusive VIP goody bag filled to the brim with treats from our sponsors?
Our sponsors are:
- Crystal Queen Stagewear
- Paradise Swim Official
- Utopia Boas
- Bonita Danger Doll Boutique
- LadyTramp Designs
- Strictly R18.
- Doors open at 6.30pm for VIP & GA. Show starts 7.30pm.
- Cabaret tables sit 4x people. If you wish to book a whole table, please buy all 2x VIP Table packages. There are four tables total.
- The VIP booth seats 8x people. If you wish to book it exclusively, please buy all 4x VIP Booth packages.