Arts & Culture

Cabaret Oldtown’s Halloween show a takeoff on burlesque

To celebrate the mischief and mystery of the Halloween season, Cabaret Oldtown is offering “Boo-lesque: A Tricky Treat,” an original musical-comedy revue with a burlesque twist on trick-or-treating.

“It’s a takeoff — pun intended — on burlesque with a spooky theme that I would call edgy, not dirty,” said Christi Moore, director and co-writer of the show with her longtime partner, choreographer Kyle Vespestad. “There will be a lot of leg, but no nudity. We’ll be teasing more than stripping. After all, I’m in it.”

Moore will be joined on stage by Kylie Jo Smith and Megan Parsley, while Dylan Lewis will act as host, emcee, barker and whatever else the ladies need as they strut their stuff in Monte Wheeler’s revealing and glitzy costumes.

“It’s more a tribute to the modern burlesque of Las Vegas than the classic burlesque of ‘Gypsy,’ ” Moore said. “The humor is stand-up and sketch comedy rather than vaudeville slapstick. And the music — 21 songs — is modern, from Christina Aguilera’s ‘I Put a Spell on You’ to Blondie’s ‘One Way or Another’ to ‘Defying Gravity’ from the Broadway show ‘Wicked.’ We’ll also do a new take on the classic ‘Dem Bones.’ ”

To balance out the naughtiness, the team will present a medley of romantic “angel” songs. Each of the performers will get showcase musical solos, as well as backing each other up in group harmonizing, she said. There also will be audience participation segments for a few surprises.

Accompanying them will be the Cabaret Oldtown Band led by Rich Bruhn on keyboards, with Ron Smith on guitar, John Probst on bass and Steve Hatfield on drums.