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Comedy/Varietè/Burlesque at the Moisture Festival The early years at ACT- A Contemporary Theatre, Fremont Studios, Hale’s Palladium Seattle 2005 - 2009

Avner the Eccentric photo by: Mark Gardiner

Cover photo: Hacki & Moëppi Ginda by John Cornicello 


The Photographers

John Cornicello www.johncornicello.com



Michelle Bates www.michellebates.net

Mark Gardiner www.gardinerphoto.com


The Producers

The Chorus Line

Sandy Palmer

Maque daVis

Simon Neale

Megan Riggs

Ron W. Bailey

Rhonda Sable Katherine Bragdon Tim Furst 


John Cornicello

Lara Paxton aka Darty Kangoo, Poppy Daze - with Aerialistas 


L: David Godsey, R: Moz Wright 


UL: Iman Lizarazu, LL: Baby Gramps, LC: Rod Ferrone 

UC: Flordigan Can Can Girls, UR: Canote Brothers LR: Simon Neale & Esther Edelman


UL: Magical Mystical Michael, LL: Ruby Parade

UR: Michael Sheffield, LR: Airplane Bit 


L: Dusty Rhodes, R: Joey Pipia 10


UL: Christian Swenson, LL: Jim Page, LC: Du Caniveaux Dancing Bear

Tom Murphy 11


L: Duo Madrona, C: Henrik Bothe 12

UR: Whit - Janet McAlpin & Kai, LR: Rhys Thomas


Aerialistas 13


L: Widow Twankey & The Cop, R: Tom Murphy 14


L: Stickleback Plasticus, R: Cohdi Harrell 15


Quynbi 16


L: Velone Sisters, UR: Eric Newton, LR: Lara Paxton 17


L: Duo Madrona, R: Sally Pepper 18


Leapin’ Louie Lichtenstein 19


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UL: Trixie Little & Evil Hate Monkey, LL: Johnny Jetpack

Martha Enson & Godfrey Daniels


Godfrey Daniels

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L: Chantall, R: Woodhead and Cooper 22


Moz Wright

UC & UR: Zero Boy, LL: Ron W Bailey & Caela Bailey 23


L: Bing Croonsby & the Mildew Sisters, R: Mark Ettinger 24


UL: Cathy Johnson & Michael Sheffield, LL: Trixie Little & Evil Hate Monkey

UR: Ruby, Martha, Trixie, Iman, LR: SANCA’s Amazing Circus 1-ders

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L: Fyodor Karamazov, R: Alfredo Fettucini 26


UL: Bob Malone, LL: Ann Uendo & Dudly Entendre

UR: The Peculi채rs, LR: Filipino Drill Team 27


L: Avner the Eccentric, R: Matt Hall 28


L: Scuff Acuff, C: Sandy Palmer, R: Zip Code Man 29


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UL & LR: Professor Humbug, LL: Chair Boy & Marie Miletto, LC: Sandy Palmer, UR: Rob Moitosa the Electric Reverend


LL: Ian & Manny from SANCA’s Youth Performance Co., UL: Gabriela Milillo, R: Dr Calamari & Acrophelia

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UL & UR: Bellini Twins, LL: Producers, LR: Simon Neale & Mama Rose


UL: Red Wine Sisters, LL: Du Caniveaux Dancing Bears

UR: Fighting Instruments of Karma Marching Chamber Band/Orchestra, LR: Tom Noddy

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Lily Verlaine 34


L: Kitten de Ville, C: Evilyn Sin Clair, R: Lily Verlaine 35


UL: Buxom, LL: Waxie Moon, LC: Ben DeLaCreme 36

R: Miss Indigo Blue


L: The Shanghai Pearl, R: Paula the Swedish Housewife 37


UL: Inga IngĂŠnue, LL: Burlesque Finale 38

UR: TriBellas Belly Dancers, LR: Michael Clifton & John Engerman


L: Chica Boom, C: Mama Lou Strong Woman, R: Darty Kangoo 39


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L: Belle Cozette, R: Sydni Deveraux


L: Wade Madson, R: Miss Indigo Blue

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L: Chantall, UC: Johnny Jetpack, LC: Aerialista Derierre, R: Maranon (Mik Kuhlman) 42


UL: Ron W. Bailey & Hacki, UR: Cathy Sutherland & Caela Bailey, LL: Rhonda Sable & Larry Kezner LR: Sandy Palmer & Al Parisi

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UL: John Olufs, UR: Damien Aitken, B: Fremont Philharmonic Orchestra 44


UL: Fremont Philharmonic Orchestra, LL: Fred Hawkinson

UR: Jim Knodle & Greg Powers, LR: salamandir 45


L: Bellini Twins, UR: Lily Verlaine, LR: Hacki Ginda & Chantall 46


UL: Sky, UC: Dan Stiefel, LL: Burlesque Moistettes

UR: Simon Neale, Heather Weihl & Rhonda Sable, LR: Aerialistas

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UL: Mama Rose, LL: Shanika Davis & Jennifer Wensrich UR: David Godsey, Janet McAlpin & Kai, LR: Dr. Calamari and Acrophelia 48


UL: Burlesque Coordinators - Cathy Sutherland, Rhonda Sable & Carri Anderson, UC: Heather Meade & Mik Kuhlman, UR: Christina Bruce, LL: Dee Dee Rainbow & Kevin Joyce LR: Maque daVis & Mama Rose

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UL: Christina, Megan, Mik & Katherine, LL: Randy Minkler, LCL: Madeleine Sosin & Al Parisi, LCR: Rachel Murray UR: Chris and Kris Huson, LR: Norma Baum


L: Chickee & Boom Boom

UC: Maque & Sandy, C: Debbie Hodgson & Erin Avelle, UR: Kathleen & Mike Hale, LC: Michelle Bates & Jessica Hale, LR: Amy Redmond & Jenelle Weidlich

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L: Diemo Ginda 52

UR: The Birth of a Clown, LR: Fabulous Door Babes


UL: Fabulous Food Babes, LL: Chantall

UR: 2009 Lead Volunteers, LR: Simon & Cathy 53


Michelle Bates

UL: Dr. Calamari, LL: Las Mu単equitas, R: Lily Verlaine 54


L: Sara Sparrow, R: Ricochet 55


Duo Madrona 56


Aerialistas 57


UL: Karen Quest, LL: Nate Cooper 58

UR: Juggling Jollies, LR: Ben DeLaCreme


Lelavision 59


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UL: Shayna Swanson, LL: Raspyni Brothers, UR: Brothers from Different Mothers, LR: Hokum W Jeebs


UL: The Castors, LL: Tune Stranglers, R: Shoehorn

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L: Janet McAlpin, C: Daniel Forlano, R: Wade Madson 62


Yoda’s Brother Yogurt 63


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UL & UR: Hacki Ginda, B: Du Caniveaux Wedding Party


L: Trixie Little & Evil Hate Monkey

UR: The Bobs, LR: Rob Williams & Deborah Person 65


Fighting Instruments of Karma Marching Chamber Band/Orchestra 66


UL: Tamara the Trapeze Lady, LL: One Two, Alla Babba Huey & Caela, R: Fremont Players 67


TL: God’s Favorite Beefcake, LL: Hacki’s 3D Night at the Palladium 68

UR: Toly Castor, LR: Flaming Idiots


Flordigan Can Can Girls 69


T: Aerialistas, L Burlesque Moistettes 70


L&R: The Flappers: Esther Edelman, Kari Podgorski, Cathy Sutherland, Martha Enson 71


L & R: Inga IngĂŠnue 72


L: Babette La Fave, R: Fuschia Foxxx 73


L: Paula the Swedish Housewife, UR: Babette La Fave, LR: Ultra & the Heavenly Spies 74


The Von Foxies 75


UL: Caela & the Dangerous Flares, LL: The Zebra Kings, R: Old Blue Eyes Du Caniveax 76


L: Amy G, R: Lelavision 77


L&R: Jason Webley 78


L: Jane Osborn, UR: Kaz端m, LR: Mud Bay Jugglers 79


L & LR: Madame X, UR: Avner the Eccentric 80


Doc Sprinsock & the SANCApators 81


Poppy Daze 82


L: Dr Calamari & Acrophelia, R: Laura Stokes 83


L: Mme Zazou, UC: Bill Robison, LC: Johnny Jetpack 84

UR: Zev Eisenberg, LR: Linda Severt


L: Heather Weihl & David Godsey

C: Julie Goell, UR: Kevin Joyce, LR: Godfrey Daniels 85


UL: Opera Diva Pinky d’Ambrosia, UR: Ernesto Cellini, L: Circus Contraption 86


Esther Edelman 87


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UL: Ukelele Dick, LL: Steffon Moody - Action Man, UC: Joyce Rice

UR: PK Dwyer, LR: Du Caniveaux Raging Gaelic Highlanders


UL: Reggie Miles, LL: Run For Your Life, R: Tom Noddy

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L: Lelavision, R: Simon Neale & Godfrey Daniels 90


UL: Terry Crane, UC: Magical Mystical Michael, UR: Chantall, LL: MoĂŤppi, Rebecca & Diemo Ginda, LC: Back Man, LR: Hilary Chaplain 91


Nanda & Nada - Harry Levine, Ron W Bailey, Cathy Sutherland & Hacki Ginda 92


Nanda 93


L: Foolz, UR: Reid Belstock, LR: Noodlinis 94


UL: Jonathan Rose, UC: John Gilkey, LL: Tom Murphy, C: Smerdyakov Karamazov, UR: Blanche De Bris, LR: David Godsey 95


UL: Randy Minkler & Godfrey Daniels, LL: Robin Worley, LC: Bellini Twins & Poppy Daze, LR: Poppy Daze & Godfrey Daniels 96


UL: Mike Hale & Phil O’Brien, UC: Ted Lockery & Katherine Bragdon, UR: Sandy Palmer & Zero Boy LL: Finale Marathon Show Order, LC: Burlesque Moistettes, LR: Maque daVis & Norma Baum

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Mark Gardiner

Hacki & MoĂŤppi Ginda & Kaja 98


Hacki Ginda & Kaja 99


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Hacki & MoĂŤppi Ginda & Kaja


Hacki & MoĂŤppi Ginda & Kaja

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L: Charlie Brown 102

UR: Tom Murphy, LR: Iman Lizarazu & MoĂŤppi Ginda


L: Aerialistas, R: Baby Gramps 103


Tom Noddy & Mousie Tongue 104


UL: Frank Olivier, LL: Tom Noddy, R: Amanda Crockett 105


L: Nate Cooper, R: Godfrey Daniels 106


Foolz 107


L: Avner the Eccentric, R: Savannah Fuentes 108


L: Moz Wright, R: Aerialistas 109


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UL & LL: Aerialistas, LC: Sally Pepper

R: Trixie Little & Evil Hate Monkey


L: Duo Madrona, R: Aerialistas

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Aerialistas 112


Aerialistas 113


UL: Butt Rock Suites, LL: Seanjohn Walsh, UR: Janet McAlpin & David Godsey, LR: Nada 114


L: Artis, UR: Aerialistas, LR: Grand Finale 115


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L: Entry to the Palladium, R: Amanda Starr


Dr. Calamari and Acrophelia

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UL & UR: Nanda, LL: ASL Interpreter, LR: Rhys Thomas 118


L: Rhys Thomas, R: Velone Sisters 119


UL: Leapin’ Louie Lichtenstein, LL: Amanda Crockett, R: Sally Pepper & Darty Kangoo 120


L: Frank Olivier, R: Amy G 121


L: The Cabiri, R: The Red Queens – Carlin Briner & Erica Keeling 122


L: Sally Pepper, R: Janet McAlpin 123


Flaming Idiots 124


L: Darty Kangoo, UR: Martha Enson & Ruby, LR: Lelavision 125


L: Kids in the Audience, C: Frank Olivier & kid from the audience 126

UR: John Gilkey, LR: Reid Belstock


UL: Clay Martin, LL: Nanda & Diemo

UR: UMO’s Buffoons, LR: Kevin Joyce & UMO’s Troll kids 127


Aerialistas 128


L: Stickleback Plasticus, R: Trio Manchego 129


Miss Indigo Blue 130


L: Trixie Little & Evil Hate Monkey, R: Tamara the Trapeze Lady 131


L: Fuschia Foxxx 132

UR: Miss Indigo Blue, LC: Ben DeLaCreme, LR: Chantall


L: Inga IngĂŠnue, R: Miss Indigo Blue 133


L: Joselynn Plank, Michael Clifton, Ron W. Bailey, Sandy Palmer 134

R: Mama Rose’s Birthday


UL: Cathy Sutherland & Caela Bailey, LL: UMO’s Trolls, R: Moëppi & Diemo Ginda 135


UL: MoĂŤppi Ginda, Simon Neale & Sandy Palmer, LL: Moisture Festival Producers, R: Festival Work Crew Outside the Palladium 136


Thank You One and All

Closing Night at the Palladium by: John Cornicello 137


Memorial

We shared the stage with these friends for the last time.

Sandahbeth Spae

Tony Duggleby Jim Hinde

Greg Palmer 138


Acknowledgements

In 2004 Ron W. Bailey, Maque Da Vis, Simon Neale, Tim Furst and Sandy Palmer began working together to create a Comedy/Varietè festival. Named The Moisture Festival, it was to be an annual springtime event to welcome varietè artists to perform in Seattle. Three major influences in the festival’s creation were the vaudeville community at the Oregon Country Fair, the creative energy constantly released from the center of the universe in Fremont and Hacki Ginda’s Varietè/Comedy Festival held in Berlin in 1996. kkk The success of The Moisture Festival during its first six years is directly related to the outstanding volunteer work of a group of people lovingly referred to as the sacred staff led by Rhonda Sable, Katherine Bragdon and Megan Riggs. This team of sacred staff members who have worked tirelessly behind the scenes and often throughout the year also include Randy Minkler, Tom Noddy, Danny O’Brien, Norma Baum, Cathy Sutherland, Mary Fleischman, Phil O’Brien, Jennifer Wensrich, Shanika Davis, Christina Bruce, Robin Worley, John Olufs, Stuart Zobel, Eben Sprinsock and Godfrey Daniels. kkk We are eternally grateful to the varietè artists: Avner the Eccentric, Frank Olivier, Tom Noddy, Hacki Ginda, Karen Quest, Henrik Bothe, Rhys Thomas, Amy G, Tom Murphy, Rob Williams and many other artists who have so generously contributed their talents and wonderful performances. Their good humor and love of varietè entertainment is contagious and inspiring. You are the reason the audiences have returned year after year. kkk Our scheme of bringing the art of Burlesque back into the varietè fold was a success and a pleasure because of Miss Indigo Blue, Paula the Swedish Housewife, Lily Verlaine, Fuschia Foxxx, Evilyn Sin Clair, Inga Ingénue, and many others in the star-studded Seattle burlesque community. We appreciate their willingness to exhibit, in their own special way, what collaboration is all about. Rhonda Sable, Cathy Sutherland, Martha Enson, Tamara the Trapeze Lady and Carri Anderson: thank you for your work on these shows. kkk We thank our dedicated theater technicians: lights, sound, rigging, stage management and videographers. The show bands: The Zebra Kings, The Fremont Philharmonic Orchestra, Doc Sprinsock and the SANCApators. They have all performed with natural style and class, happy to be playing shows in a brewery. kkk Putting on a month-long festival is a tremendous amount of work that could not be accomplished without additional volunteer help. It has been our good fortune to have a group of volunteers who always play well with others and love to dress up. Door babes, food babes, box office, security, merchandise - we love you. When festival time rolls around these folks happily jump in to play a critical role in organizing the festival each spring: Heather Meade, Rodman and Susan Miller, Mick Westrick, Tony Koons, Cathy Johnson, Annmarie McMahon, Mik Kuhlman and Cousin Kenny Peters. There are so many others who help in a thousand ways. We are grateful to all of you. kkk Mike and Kathleen Hale have supported the festival in countless ways with tremendous trust, joy and faith. The fabulous staff at Hale’s Brewery makes us feel at home and never fails to accommodate. The Moisture Festival without Hale’s Palladium would be like a genie without a lamp. kkk ACT-A Contemporary Theatre, under the artistic direction of Kurt Beattie, offered a chance for the festival to expand creatively and benefit from years of theatrical experience through their Central Heating Lab at ACT. Adam Moomey, Alyssa Byer, Harley Reese, Jacquelyn S. Rardin and all of the ACT staff have been a treat to work with. Thanks also go out to Jason Montgomery and all of the union crew members. The story of the festival and all of the fun we’ve had in the first six years is told in these photographs taken by Michelle Bates, John Cornicello and Mark Gardiner. We want to thank them for their dedication while capturing all of the artists so beautifully, for illuminating what we have accomplished together and for answering the question: what is The Moisture Festival? We especially thank Corey Scherrer who provided hours of labor and the expertise necessary to make this book a reality. Merci Beaucoup, The Moisture Festival Chorus Line: Tim Furst, Sandy Palmer, Ron W. Bailey, Maque daVis, Katherine Bragdon, Rhonda Sable, Megan Riggs Back Cover Photo: Aerialistas by Michelle Bates 139


Comedy/Variete at The Moisture Festival - Seattle

www.moisturefestival.org

Moisture Festival Book 2005-2009  

A photo book showcasing the frist five years of the Moisture Festival, a Comedy/Varietè show every held every spring in Seattle, Washington

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