This year’s Naughty Knickers Night has a twist.
On Sunday, Aug. 20, the cast of the Gold Fever Follies will host a cabaret evening full of music and fun, but this year they’ve invited the audience to get in on the fun beforehand.
The night will begin with the cast performing selected The Red Mountain fan fiction submitted by fans.
“We’re going to have a fan fiction competition and we’re going to be choosing a few of our favourites and then acting them out,” says Jordan Bell, who plays Anna.
Fans have until Aug. 9 to submit their fan fiction to the contest. Submissions should be five to 10 minute scripts and can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or dropped off at the Miners’ Hall.
This year’s Naughty Knickers night also has a theme and a plot surrounding the cabaret numbers.
“We have a theme called the Burlesque Express. So instead of just cabaret number after cabaret number, we have knit it into a mini musical,” explains Megan Littlejohn, who plays Lucille. “So each of the acts is interwoven with the other ones with a story in between. We have the show hosted by a conductor and another characters who is, until Naughty Knickers Night, to be described.”
The evening will conclude with a flip show, where all of the actors will be randomly recast in different rolls. The Gold Fever Follies had a chance to experience a flip show last week, when they performed an all ages flip show on Saturday afternoon.
While the flip show is a Naughty Knickers Night tradition and the event is always a cabaret, deciding what to do for the show is essentially up to the cast.
“We kind of all just add our own little ideas and amalgamate them into something that we all really feel good and proud about,” says Elizabeth Chamberlain, who plays Red.
Doors open at 7 p.m. on Aug. 20 at the Miners’ Hall and the show begins at 7:30 p.m.
There will be cash bar and attendees are encouraged to dress with the train theme in mind. While the show is open to everyone, it does feature mature content.
“Bring your energy, bring your sense of humour. It’s going to be a really good show; we’re putting a lot of time and effort into this,” says Littlejohn.
Tickets are available for $15 in advance and have been known to sell out fast in past years. They are available at the Red Pair and the Miners’ Hall in Rossland and at the Colander in Trail.