Sudbury Burlesque returns with Halloween-themed cabaret series



Creators of ‘Monster’s Ball’ host three intimate performances at Coulson Nightclub this year

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The makers of Sudbury Burlesque’s “Monster’s Ball” are back this year with three “uniquely themed, scary and sassy” shows just in time for Halloween.


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Although restrictions related to the pandemic have made it impossible to organize performances in a large-scale venue, the local artist troupe is excited to present a more intimate experience to the audience at Coulson Nightclub.

Each show will feature live go-go dancers, over eight burlesque acts, live music, costume awards and more.

Sudbury Burlesque said the opening night of its first show titled “Peek-A-Boo Burlesque” Thursday was a huge success and Sudburians are “clearly hungry” for musical theater and live performances.

“It’s been about two years now since our last Monster’s Ball. We couldn’t accommodate our usual performance due to the COVID-19 pandemic, ”said local artist and Sudbury Burlesque producer Jessica Crowe.

“The opening night for the first show was great. There was electric power in the hall – it is clear that the Sudbury audience missed the interaction and energy of the live performances.

Crowe and his partner founded Sudbury Burlesque following a dinner conversation they had in 2012.

“He was familiar with burlesque, and I wasn’t. We were just talking about how we would like more to go in Sudbury, ”she said.

“I made the joke that we should just stop complaining and do it. The next thing I knew was that he had sent a Facebook message to a group of people he was working with.

Sudbury Burlesque returns with a Halloween-themed cabaret series at Coulson nightclub.
Sudbury Burlesque returns with a Halloween-themed cabaret series at Coulson nightclub.

Sudbury Burlesque, a troupe of local artists from diverse backgrounds, quickly went from intimate little performances for friends to “selling 700 tickets a night”.


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“It evolved because our audience kept growing and we had to look for bigger and bigger venues,” she said.

“These upcoming shows are a return to something more intimate. It feels like we’re back to the beginning, which is sort of fitting considering we’re just emerging from the pandemic. “

Sudbury Burlesque has three different Halloween-themed shows at Coulson Nightclub from October 21-30.

The first show, “Peek-A-Boo Burlesque” will peak on Saturday, and the second show, “Hollywood Fright Night” will take place October 25-26.

“It’s our first time doing a show during the week, so it’s a little new to us,” Crowe said.

“Anyone who loves classic old horror movies should really take a look at ‘Hollywood Fright Night’. The numbers are really strong in this show, and we are resurrecting some of the best numbers we performed at “Monster’s Ball”.

The last show titled “Hellbent” will take place from October 28th to 30th. Crowe describes the performances as “classy, ​​sassy and sexy”.

“I always say they can expect somewhere between a rock concert, a live musical theater performance and a striptease,” she said.

“I wouldn’t judge too harshly – you want to see it for yourself. It’s almost secondary because we really focus on telling a story and the performers put a lot of care and time into their actions, so it’s so much more than just getting naked.

Sudbury Burlesque worked closely with Coulson Nightclub to ensure all COVID-19 safety protocols will be followed during the event.


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Crowe said the Coulson has already set up the tables with all the necessary spacing, and Sudbury Burlesque will transform the venue into a “funky and spooky dinner club atmosphere.”

“To keep everything organized and safe, and to make sure you are seated with your party, we encourage customers to purchase their party tickets together in one purchase,” she said.

“You can buy a table of four or buy four single tickets at a time. We will have a seating plan on site as well as our magnificent Sudbury Burlesque Ambassadors to direct you to your seat or table.

Safety will be the troop’s top priority.

“This cabaret series is all about reconnecting in complete safety. We will only sell a limited number of tickets to maintain a socially distanced audience in accordance with public health and Coulson nightclub guidelines, ”Crowe said.

“People will need to show full proof of vaccination along with photo ID, and masks must be worn when moving around the nightclub. “

Crowe said single tickets are available as well as seating at tables for groups of two, four, six and 10.

Tickets are $ 44.24 plus tax and doors open at 7:30 pm and the show begins at 8:30 pm All patrons are encouraged to wear costumes at the event. There will be costume prizes.

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