(This story is sponsored by Kitty Nights Productions.)
By now, the majority of Vancouverites have burned through the programming on Netflix and have made at least four variations of banana bread. For the last six months, we’ve been confined to our tiny 400-square-foot apartments, dreaming about a good ol’ night out. An evening spent with friends, mouth-watering bevvies, and cheeky burlesque.
Kitty Nights Productions is making those dreams come true.
Back in June, producers Burgundy Brixx and her husband the Purrrfessor created a makeshift stage in their living room where they filmed weekly cabaret shows. Brixx and her husband hoped that the virtual performances would bring a sense of stability to their fans during these uncertain times.
On Sunday, September 13 at 8 p.m., Vancouver’s Rio Theatre will be hosting Kitty Nights’ Catnip Cabin Fever Show—LIVE! This event some highlights from the weekly cabaret shows along with live performances for an audience. Seating at the theatre will be spaced out to ensure physical distancing.
The compilation of acts will feature original sketch comedy segments and parody songs that will provide viewers with some much-needed laughter.
Even though a portion of the show is pre-filmed, it still holds the ability to bring people together while supporting local and international artists. “Burgundy has always handled all the content of our shows and she has stepped up even further by learning more elaborate video skills that make the show possible online,” says the Purrrfessor. “Our shows have always been female-driven and Burgundy's technical and creative leadership is even more vital now.”
The Rio Theatre has been operating safely under B.C.’s COVID-19 guidelines since July 3. Masks are required within the theatre for this event but guests are still able to order snacks and beverages.
“We feel that it’s time to try inching forward within the current safety parameters to find out what a pandemic-friendly nightclub-style event might look like,” says Brixx.
Along with Brixx and the Purrrfessor, the show will also include live performances on the stage from other Vancouver-based artists such as Kat Single-Dain and Bonnie Kilroe. Burlesque artists Baby LeStrange from Portland and Little Brooklyn from New York will make virtual appearances.
The show also coincides with the launch of Kitty Nights Productions’ new channel on Roku streaming devices.