Megan Masters has created a burlesque troupe in the Charlotte area.
Madame Masters House of Burlesque includes 24 performers who are mostly from the Charlotte area, with one actress who commutes from Boone. Professionals volunteering for the troupe’s upcoming debut include Troy Haywood, choreographer; Amy Boyd, vocal coach; and Amberle Linnea, costume designer.
As a dog rescuer, Masters wanted the troupe’s first event to be a fundraiser for two local dog rescue organizations.
“I wanted to merge my passion for dog rescue with my passion for performing,” she said.
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One of the rescues, Hope for All Dogs in Pineville, takes in mostly older and special needs dogs. The other, FurBabies in Indian Trail, fosters dogs through a program with nonviolent inmates that helps to rehabilitate both the inmates and the dogs.
The burlesque troupe’s first charity show, dubbed “Saints and Sinners,” will be April 26 at 7:30 p.m. at Amos’ Southend in uptown Charlotte. Masters said 100 percent of the profits will go to Hope for All Dogs and FurBabies, adding that Amos’ is donating its facility space for the burlesque group’s first charity event.
Masters describes the show as a vaudeville-style variety show and said she doesn’t feel that there is anything like it in the area.
“When I created this troupe, I saw a niche in the Charlotte night life that wasn’t filled,” she said. “We wanted to appeal to a broader audience.”
The 29-year-old Masters and her husband, Matt, 33, were looking for something to do other than go to clubs.
“I wanted to create something that couples could enjoy together that wasn’t your traditional club or bar. I used to sing when I was younger … ,” Megan Masters said. “This troupe also was created to allow people to rekindle their passion for performing.”
In addition to being the show’s producer, Masters sings and dances. Her husband plays the guitar, but he won’t be in the first performance, although he will be working behind the scenes.
The group has more shows planned, including additional charity events.
“Our shows won’t be raunchy,” Masters said. “We’re calling them PG-13.”
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Want to go?
Tickets for the burlesque show are $10 and can be purchased online at http://www.amossouthend.com.
Doors open at 6 p.m. with raffles, food trucks and a silent auction. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. and lasts approximately 1 1/2 hours. For more information about Madame Masters House of Burlesque, go to madamemastersburlesque.weebly.com/ or find the group on Facebook.