Burlesque troupe mashes up holidays

NANAIMO – Naughty and Spice combines Halloween show with Christmas.

Naughty and Spice burlesque troupe decided to mash up the holidays to create a show that offers something for everyone.

Since the troupe’s inception in 2009, the girls of Naughty and Spice worked tirelessly to make their Halloween show the event of the season, with preparations often beginning in the spring or early summer.

“On our second year as a troupe we started planning in April,” said Roxee Lee, founding member. “We laughed at first thinking that it was just way too early, but the planning paid off and we put on a great show. Since then, we’ve always started planning well in advance.”

This year, however, inspiration came with a twist.

“Halloween is great,” said Luscious Lottabottom, with a roll of her eyes. “But I love Christmas, and the two are just too close together for us to plan two separate theatre shows. This year though, I wasn’t gonna let my dream of a big Christmas show slip away.”

A simple crossover, half Halloween, half Christmas, soon became a full-on mashup with holiday tropes and glitter flying through the air, until the Nightmare Before Christmas was born. Well received by the public so far with VIP tables quickly selling out, the girls anticipate a great show.

A concession will be on hand and there will be both a Halloween costume contest, as well as a Christmas ugly sweater contest, with prizes from Tranceformations Tattoo and Bodypiercing and Beauty Queen Salon.

The show will be held Saturday (Nov. 2), with doors opening at 7 p.m., and the show starting at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $20/advance at Tranceformations, 3-4047 Norwell Dr., or online at www.naughtyand

spiceburlesque.com; $25/door.