The Carnivalesque Roadshow Summer Tour-State Theater

Jul. 23, 2016 9:00pm at The State Theater, Falls Church, VA

Gilded Lily Burlesque and The Carny Preacher Productions present “CARNIVALESQUE”, a spectacle of Burlesque, Circus & Sideshow premiering at THE STATE THEATER on July 23, 2016 at 9 pm. 

Harkening back to a bygone era of dust bowl circuses & traveling sideshows, Carnivalesque stars international cabaret legend Armitage Shanks, The Carny Preacher, “Baltimore’s Sicilian Queen” Maria Bella, Sideshow phenom, “Pain Proof Girl” Mab Just Mab, The Original Sideshow Geek from DC, Swami YoMahmi, vaudeville contortionist from NYC, Ekaterina, Sword swallower and sideshow entertainer from NYC, Heather Holliday, the burlesque delights of Ireland’s Bella Agogo and Gilded Lily’s Sophia Sunday & Mourna Handful as well as Valeria Voxx, and a bevy of buxom beauties and handsome hunks plying their trade at the Carnivalesque Cooch Tent & along Mab’s Midway. 

Far more than your run-of-the-mill burlesque or nightclub event, The Carnivalesque Roadshow offers an immersive experience into the enticing world of acrobats, freaks, roustabouts, barkers, dandies and women of questionable virtue.

Try your hand at games of skill on the Midway! 

Be shocked & amazed by oddities inside our “Ten-In-One”!  

Witness the libidinous temptations of the dance of forbidden vice!

Hear dark tales of extraordinary madness whispered into the ears of fallen maidens! Thrill to lithe sensuality of sideshow artistry and athletic aplomb!

Enjoy the twist & turns of flexible comedic contortion!


 Step Right Up!  All who enter will be transformed! 



The Carnivalesque Roadshow is the creation of Armitage Shanks, The Carny Preacher and Gilded Lily’s Maria Bella.  The Carnivalesque Roadshow has toured the East Coast since 2013, with a recent, featured appearance at The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, sharing with bill with Storm Large of Pink Martini and the National Symphony Orchestra.  Both a critical and audience favorite, The Carnivalesque Roadshow blends a dustbowl-era carnival environment complete with midway games and the worlds of burlesque, sideshow and circus into a dynamic, immersive, live performance experience.


The Summer 2016 Tour Dates:

July 15, 2016: Motorco in Raleigh, NC

July 16, 2016: CMFA in Columbia ,SC

July 22, 2016: Creative Alliance in Baltimore, MD

July 23, 2016: The State Theater in Falls Church, VA


Armitage Shanks was the co-founder and ringmaster of the legendary underground circus, Circus Contraption.  Hailed by Time Out London as “One of the darkest-hearted performers on the Burlesque/Cabaret Circuit”, best-selling author and columnist Dan Savage wrote Armitage Shanks has, “A voice like honey-coated gravel.  A sinister and louche presence, who put some sex in the air.” Armitage stars as “Johnny Valentine” in the upcoming feature film ‘The Burlesque Assassins”.  


Maria Bella founder of Baltimore’s hometown heroines, “Gilded Lily” is a rising star in the neo-burlesque movement, with triumphant performances throughout North America.  She was a featured artist in the 2012 New York  & Toronto Burlesque Festivals, awarded “Artist of the Year” and headliner of the Asheville Americana Burlesque & Sideshow Festival, and was selected to appear in the 2014 London Burlesque Festival. Gilded Lily Burlesque voted Baltimore’s Best by The Baltimore City Paper and the top burlesque shows to see by The Baltimore Sun.





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The Kennedy Center for The Performing Arts, Washington, DC

The State Theatre, Falls Church, VA

The Creative Alliance, Baltimore, MD

The Rex, Pittsburgh, PA

Roxy & Dukes, Dunellen, NJ

Southland Ballroom, Raleigh, NC

Stage 5 Theatre, Columbia, SC



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