Before the show goes on

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

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Vivienne LaFlamme prepares the hat used for her performance.

Vivienne LaFlamme prepares the hat used for her performance.

It’s time for makeup for Vivienne LaFlamme, left, and Mistress Leona Star.

It’s time for makeup for Vivienne LaFlamme, left, and Mistress Leona Star.

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Mistress Leona Star

Mistress Leona Star

Vivienne LaFlamme shapes her hair so she looks like a ‘crazy cat lady’ for her performance.

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.

Vivienne LaFlamme, left, helps Mistress Leona Star get into her corset.

Mistress Leona Star prepares to take the stage.

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.

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

Vivienne LaFlamme is a ‘crazy cat lady’ on stage

Miss Leona Star prepares her props for Saturday’s performance.

Miss Leona Star prepares her props for Saturday’s performance.