Congratulations to the multitalented performers of Asheville Vaudeville for producing the Best Live Show of 2010 according to the Best of WNC readers poll. Offering all-new material at each curtain call, Asheville Vaudeville creates one-of-a-kind, cabaret-style performances that showcase the bright, zany, dexterous and sultry skills of local fringe artists.
Lighting designer and actor Brian Sneeden (aka Baron Von Sneeden) says that Asheville Vaudeville members are “tipsy with the honor,” of this year’s win. “[Asheville Vaudeville] was re-envisioned a year ago with the idea of turning into a monthly show, then a quarterly show; we tried throughout to increase the quality and bring vaudeville performers together,” says Sneeden. “It feels great that our work is appreciated and enjoyed by our community.”
The current core-troupe of actors includes Michael Sheldon (formerly embodying the outrageous personality of Cookie LaRue), Tom the Magician (often spotted roaming the streets of Asheville, chest-of-magic-tricks in tow), the soaring songstress and accordion player Vaudevie, Vendetta Creme (singing French love songs), puppeteer Madison J. Cripps of Strings Attached Marionettes, the juggling sensation Forty Fingers and a Missing Tooth, Sophie the Wonder Dog (a man-and-adorable-dog duo), Bretian the Hungarian Accordionist and burlesque performer The Amazing Britta Filter, to name just a few members of the Vaudeville crew dedicated to producing the “most disturbing, most electrifying, most downright erogenous and titillatingly terrifying talent this side of the Mississippi.”
— Aiyanna Sezak-Blatt