Wonder Woman and She-Ra are showing a little more skin than their usual heroic costumes reveal this weekend.
The iconic characters will join other comic book heroes and pop culture icons on stage during a show, called Nerdlesque, by Naughty and Spice Burlesque Troupe Saturday (April 6).
Nerdlesque is a sub-genre of burlesque that fuses the words nerd and burlesque together.
It embraces popular movements among nerds and geeks that have been gaining popularity in recent years and pays homage to video games, TV shows and comic book heroes.
“There will be Easter eggs for people that are big fans of the characters,” said troupe member Goldie Luxe. “There are a lot of inside jokes for the hard core nerds.”
She said there is also a secret routine troupe members are keeping under wraps and to see what it’s all about people have to attend the performance.
The movement of Nerdlesque has also been gaining popularity with shows in Vancouver entirely based off video games and a show in Seattle dedicated to the Game of Thrones series, said Goldie Luxe.
She said super heroes are appealing because they already have an established backstory.
“It lends itself well to the comedy of burlesque,” she said.
The Nerdlesque show is at the Nanaimo Centre Stage and is for people 19 years and older.
Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m.
Tickets are $20/ or $40 for a seat at one of three VIP tables. VIP tables feature special extras like drink service and a bouquet of bacon flowers that aren’t available to other guests.
Tickets are available in advance only from www.NaughtyAndSpiceBurlesque.com or troupe members.