Before the roar or the crowds, there is the smell of the greasepoint in show business. At SWAN Day on Saturday at Trinity-On-Main in New Britain, burlesque performers Mistress Leona Star and Vivienne LaFlamme allowed the Observer to take a photographic peek behind the scenes of their preparations before they stepped out into the spotlight.
PHOTOS by MIKE CHAIKEN
Vivienne LaFlamme prepares the hat used for her performance.
It’s time for makeup for Vivienne LaFlamme, left, and Mistress Leona Star.
Mistress Leona Star
Vivienne LaFlamme shapes her hair so she looks like a ‘crazy cat lady’ for her performance.
Vivienne LaFlamme, left, helps Mistress Leona Star get into her corset.
Mistress Leona Star prepares to take the stage.
Mistress Leona Star entertains the SWAN (Support Women Artists Now) Day crowd on Saturday at Trinity-on-Main in New Britain.
Vivienne LaFlamme is a ‘crazy cat lady’ on stage
Miss Leona Star prepares her props for Saturday’s performance.