April 23, 2012

Moisture Festival Performer Rob Torres Featured In Upcoming Documentary About International Circus

The soon to be released World Circus Culture Documentary follows five circus acts including 2011 Moisture Festival performer Rob Torres to the 'Academy Awards' of circus competitions, the Monte Carlo Circus Festival, the upcoming film reveals the behind the scenes life, history, and culture of circus on an international scale. At stake is the circus equivalent of an Academy Award, recognition, respect, and guaranteed work - it’s the 'Golden Clown'.

April 17, 2012

Some Video Outtakes Of Moisture Festival 2012 Vol:1

Videographer Alan Plotkin short piece offers a small visual taste of Moisture Festival 2012.

April 10, 2012

2012 The Best Moisture Festival Ever - Thank You Everyone!

The Moisture Festival Family Photo 2012 
Everyone has a favorite I suppose, but it be hard to beat the 2012 Moisture Festival. We shattered a few records, one for attendance and another for  fund raising due to our 1 in 1000 fund-raising campaign. We had lots of great new acts this year performing at the festival for the first time and many returning acts that remain Moisture Festival audience favorites.

Our teams of volunteers did a fabulons bang up job again this year, filling over 1200 shifts. Without these trustee volunteers the Moisture Festival would simply not happen. Door babes and Dudes, Drivers, Housing Hosts, Food Babes, Artist Liaison, Bar Backs, Box Office Teams, Security Teams, Technical Crew, Stage Managers and Assistant Stage Managers, House Managers, Merchandise Babes and Dudes, Photographers, Clean Up Crews just to mention a few.

We are looking forward to our 10th anniversary in 2013 and your continuing support of this unique world famous Comedy Varieté and Burlesque festival.

Thank you everyone for making it the great success that it certainly was in 2012.

Laughter is the key!

The Moisture Festival Board and Producers 

April 7, 2012

Spotlight on Alison Snyder, Assistant House Manager

If you've attended a Moisture Festival show at Hale's Palladium, you've probably seen Alison Snyder. She's the energetic blonde -- or, when the mood strikes, the energetic redhead -- dashing between the ticket line, box office, and seats. As assistant house manager, her job is to keep everything running smoothly at the front of the house.

How did you get involved in the Moisture Festival?
I grew up going to Seattle Children's Theater and got involved with Cirque Du Flambe, which led to Moisture. I've been volunteering for the Moisture Festival for six years now.

Do you have a favorite act?
Dr. Calamari and Acrophelia had an act built around a black-and-white film that was amazing. It was one of the most moving things I've ever seen in the festival. I also love Babette La Fave's burlesque act with bouncing light. And of course the old standards like Godfrey are essential.

Four weeks of shows is a big commitment for a volunteer. What keeps you coming back?
The people, definitely. The people here are so much fun. If it weren't for them, I wouldn't be here.

April 6, 2012

Information On Moisture Festival Sold Out Shows

We are absolutely thrilled that our shows are sold out.  I wish we had a secret stash but we are all out of tickets – comps and Brown Paper Tickets. So there are no more seats to sell or give away.

The only way to get in at this point is by getting there early – at least one hour before the show starts and getting on the wait list.

We assume people will even be getting there before the box office opens to be on the top of the waitlist. Box office opens at: 6:30 for the 7:30 shows, 9:30 for the 10:30 shows, and 2:00 for the 3:00 shows

By arriving one hour before the show you can only get on the waitlist for that show specifically – no other shows. Once you’re on the waitlist, you can head over to Hales Brew Pub for a drink and just need to be back 15 minutes before the show starts.

So you’re not stuck there the whole time waiting. If there are any cancellations we will sell a few tickets (this may be a rarity at this point in the run) and then we start the waitlist. There are no guarantees but we often sell standing room only to at least a handful of people but it’s still full price and you don’t get in until about one act into the show. If there are seats available ½ hour into the show, then standing room only folks can take them.

 Hope that helps!

 The Moisture Festival Team

April 3, 2012

Moisture Festival - Final Week - Get Your Tickets While They Last

We've had a fabulous run over the first three weeks of Moisture Festival 2012 with record attendance and fantastic crowds at our varieté shows in all venues, sellouts of all our Libertease Burlesque shows at The Broadway Performance Hall, great shows at Georgetown Ballroom and many magical moments and fantastic performances throughout. Most important are the outstanding engaged audiences at every performance. Our performers always comment about the "great audiences" they find at Moisture Festival. It shows Seattle gets the genre of comedy varieté and burlesque.

We now enter our final week of the festival. Those of you who have delayed buying your tickets and those who want more have one more chance to see Moisture Festival 2012. All shows during the final week will take place at Hale's Palladium. Plenty of tickets remain for Wednesday and Thursday night shows (all ages) at 7:30pm and for the late night (18+) shows at 10:30pm on both Friday and Saturday night. Also tickets are available for our 3pm Matinee shows (a great shows for kids and adults) on Saturday and Sunday. Also there are a few tickets left for the final show on Sunday night which is always full of surprises.

But you must act now and purchase your tickets.

Also on Thursday April 5th there will be a special collaboration between Moisture Festival and SIFF 'The Sound Of Silents With A Side Of Schtick' at SIFF's Uptown Cinema at 7:30pm. "Travel back to a bygone era when cinema and vaudeville shared the bill for a brief moment in history at this one-night-only event that will be bursting at the seams with entertainment! SIFF has joined forces with three fantastic partners to present a unique evening combining classic silent cinema, live music and unconventional vaudeville performance." Tickets

New performers arriving this week included:  Dan HolzmanHelena Reynolds, Jay Alexander, Professor Martin ShellQuiddlers, Tom NoddyBindlestiff Family Cirkus, Rick Ruskin, Steel Dolls, Legendary Voices in ConcertLouie FoxxDella MoustachellaHenrik Bothe and the usual suspects and many more.

Get tickets now.... that's all folks.....

April 2, 2012

Moisture Festival - SIFF Collaboration 'The Sound Of Silents With A Side Of Schtick' April 5th Uptown Theater

SIFF Cinema at the Uptown
Running time: 120 Minutes with live entertainment

Presented by Moisture Festival in collaboration with SIFF, the Seattle Composers Alliance, and the Seattle Jazz Composers Ensemble. 

Tickets: $15 | 12 SIFF Members  7:30pm April 5th
SIFF passes and vouchers are not valid for this special presentation.
There will be a 20 minute intermission.

Travel back to a bygone era when cinema and vaudeville shared the bill for a brief moment in history at this one-night-only event that will be bursting at the seams with entertainment! SIFF has joined forces with three fantastic partners to present a unique evening combining classic silent cinema, live music and unconventional vaudeville performance.

For your viewing pleasure, revel in an exceptional collection of early cinema––shorts ranging from 1907-1934 that include the first film of Orson Welles, an abstract masterpiece, Pathé Brothers masterworks and one of the first films ever shown in the U.S. Each film is accompanied by a newly written original score by members of the Seattle Composers Alliance and the Seattle Jazz Composers Ensemble and performed live by our chamber orchestra!

In between films, Moisture Festival transports us even further into this singular era of entertainment history with a carefully curated and curious collection of vaudeville acts, all presented by our Master of Ceremonies, the inimitable Kevin Joyce.

Ladies, dust off those flapper dresses! Both men and women are encouraged to dress for this occasion in your finest early 20th century attire.

Expect the unexpected!

Films and composers:

The Hearts of Age, 1934, director Orson Welles, composer Michael Owcharuk 
Symphonie Diagonale, 1924, director Viking Eggeling, composer Catherine Grealish
Policeman's Little Run, 1907, director  Ferdinand Zecca, composer Eric Nielsen
The Golden Beetle, 1907, director Segundo de Chomón, composer Beth Fleenor
The Great Train Robbery, 1903, director Edwin S. Porter, composer Nate Omdal
Voyage dans la Lune, 1902, director Georges Méliès, composer Jeff Tolbert


Magician, Jay Alexander: Great Grandson of a legendary vaudeville performer, Jay has performed at high profile parties for celebrities like, Robin Williams, The Rolling Stones, Francis Ford Coppolla, Bono, John Cleese and many, many more.

Physical comedian, Bill Robison: His performances are a synthesis of outlandish comedy, an elastic face, a penchant for the absurd and a reckless sense of abandon.

Rarely seen on the stage in the 21st century, Alfredo Fettuccine will charm you with his irrational exuberance and astound you with his impossible repertoire of magic. 

Caela Bailey as Vaudeville Goddess Mae West, she'll grace us with her wise words and sultry songs.