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ep 066 Showgirl Deconstructed: Why Showgirls was the worst movie ever made with Christopher Childers

This episode has been over a year in the making. I have been wanting to have this chat since I found out my friend Christopher Childers was in the movie Showgirls. In case you haven’t seen this movie, please know there are a few “spoilers” in this episode. And I will say that unless you …

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Showgirls Life | ep 065 The enduring magic of being a wardrobe technician with Elaine Sargent

ep 065 The enduring magic of being a wardrobe technician with Elaine Sargent

Today, I have the honor of sharing an interview with a woman who worked behind the scenes with Showgirls in most of Greg Thompson’s productions in Reno. Elaine Sargent used her degree in theatre to immerse herself in the glamour backstage as a wardrobe technician. I had a lot of fun talking with Elaine about …

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Showgirls Life | ep 064 Showgirl Deconstructed: Showgirl costume design and construction with Pete Menefee

ep 064 Showgirl Deconstructed: Designing and Constructing Showgirl Costumes with Pete Menefee

Hey hey! Are you ready to deconstruct the showgirl some more? In these special episodes, we have talked about how There are no more showgirl shows with Alison Kravenko in ep 056, Physical requirements and expectations with Brenda Barrett in episode 60, and Art vs. selling out with Andrew Branche in ep 062. Today, we …

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Showgirls Life | ep 062 Showgirl Deconstructed: Art vs. Selling Out with Andrew Branche

ep 062 Showgirl Deconstructed: Art vs Selling Out featuring Andrew Branche

Hey hey! Are you ready to deconstruct the showgirl some more? Last month, in episode 060, we talked about physical requirements and expectations with Brenda Barrett. And in the first ever Showgirl Deconstructed ep 056 back in July, we talked about how there are no more showgirl shows with Alison Kravenko.  In this episode we …

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Showgirls Life | ep 060 Showgirl Deconstructed: Physical Requirements and Other Expectations with encore guest Brenda Barrett

ep 060 Showgirl Deconstructed: Physical Requirements and Other Expectations with encore guest Brenda Barrett

Today’s episode discusses one of the toughest parts of being a Showgirl that non-performers can’t wrap their heads around—physical requirements and expectations. Showgirls and Bluebell dancers have been held to high standards for decades due to standards set by Madame Bluebell and then perpetuated by “tastes” preferred by white men over the generations. Encore guest …

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Showgirls Life | ep 059 Showgirls Road Trip 2021 Recap, Part 2 with Sheri Lewis

ep 059 Showgirls Road Trip 2021 recap with Sheri Lewis, part 2

Welcome to part 2 of the Showgirls Road Trip 2021. Earlier this summer, I went on a road trip with Sheri Lewis, host of Bluebells Forever podcast. Sheri and I got together recently to debrief about our wonderful adventure in Reno, Las Vegas and LA. It took awhile to recount all of our experiences that …

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Showgirls Life | ep 058 Showgirls Road Trip 2021 Recap, Part 1 with Sheri Lewis

ep 058 Showgirls Road Trip 2021 recap with Sheri Lewis, part 1

Welcome to part 1 of the Showgirls Road Trip 2021. Earlier this summer, I went on a road trip with Sheri Lewis, host of Bluebells Forever podcast. Sheri and I got together recently to debrief about our wonderful adventure in Reno, Las Vegas and LA. It took awhile to recount all of our experiences that …

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Showgirls Life | ep 057 Donn Arden's Jubilee! Opening 40th Anniversary Showgirl in purple costume

ep 057 Donn Arden’s Jubilee! 40th Anniversary

Jubilee! Opening 40th Anniversary This episode has been in the making for over a year, as I have been collecting guests’ stories about their part in the opening of Donn Arden’s Jubilee! celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2021!! Happy Birthday Jubilee!  (Please note, the audio contains mistakes of some of the dates and numbers, but …

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Showgirl's Life Podcast | ep 37 How being a “Donn Arden girl” has shaped life as a teacher, choreographer and woman featuring Alison Kravenko part 1

ep 056 Showgirl Deconstructed: There are no more Showgirl shows featuring Alison Kravenko

What is a showgirl show? In this special episode, I brought back Alison Kravenko to deep dive about how there are no more Showgirl shows left. This new feature of Showgirls Life will happen once a month where I bring on an encore guest to discuss one specific topic in the Showgirl’s Life. This month, …

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ep 055 Top ten things I learned from creating a podcast about Showgirls

Showgirl’s Life was started to document the lives of the people that embodied or supported the Showgirl. A lot of lessons have been learned along the way. I discuss a variety of topics relating to the work required to produce a podcast, shame, discrimination in entertainment, and what a Showgirl is and what she isn’t. …

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Showgirl's Life | The privilege of being a Showboy featuring Dave Margolis

ep 054 The privilege of being a Showboy featuring Dave Margolis

Dave Margolis started his training late but was able to work hard enough to land a spot in the chorus boys line in Donn Arden’s Jubilee! Dave shares about his first audition with Michael Pratt, former assistant company manager in Jubilee!, what it was like being a Showboy and the privilege that it was. He …

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ep 053 Celebrating one year of podcasting Showgirl’s Life

It’s been a year of podcasting! Yay!! This episode is the replay of the 1st anniversary livestream recording, trimmed of the visual bits. But there is still a reason to listen. One lucky winner will receive the same prize pack that the live winners received. Make sure to get your trivia answers emailed to me …

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