If you’ve been living in Springfield for more than a month, then chances are you have heard of the Cherry Bomb Burlesque: a tantalizing group comprised of ladies and a gent with a passion for the stage and who offer a mix of sensuality and humor into each of their shows.
I had the honor of sitting down with the tall, stylish and vivacious Nigel, who has been with Cherry Bomb Burlesque for 4 years.
Nigel is a fiery red-head who works as a stylist at Karma Salon. Before getting into what he calls neo-burlesque (a no format, funny, entertaining and often impromptu form of burlesque), he tried his hand at stripping and drag but to no avail.
He actually got into stripping by accident when a friend asked him if he wanted to “dance.” What he thought would be hitting a club with a friend turned into his first striptease. The show was at Martha’s Vineyard. It must have been fun because Nigel became a box dancer on Tuesdays for a while… until he realized it wasn’t worth the money. He then dabbled as a drag queen but that can be expensive and clique-y. Not knowing what to do with his appetite for the stage, he fell into a sluggish limbo trying to figure out a proper channel to express his passion. It was Kaycie Surrell (who is a doll by the way), fellow Cherry Bomber and Co-Owner of Gritty Luxe Fashion Blog, who recommended trying burlesque because it was the best of both worlds. Needless to say, he loved it and has been doing it ever since!
I asked him what it was like working with all women and he confessed it doesn’t bother him the least. All of his closest friends are female, and before a show starts they all are in the back slapping pasties on each other, strapping up each other’s laces and getting their hair did. He absolutely loves it because burlesque welcomes all body shapes, sizes and genders and he is right at home with Cherry Bomb.
One hilarious story he told me includes his unfortunate propensity to falling. He even missed the chair completely once after sashaying around it. The solution? Point your toe after you’ve fallen – people will think it is part of the show!
All-in-all, Nigel, or “Kiwi Kindrick”, is one of those genuinely awesome people who I have had the fortune of running into again and again in Springfield. He is likable and funny, knows just about everyone and his hair-styling skills are on fleek (look at me, trying to sound cool and hip).
To be completely honest, I have not seen Nigel in action ….YET! But there is a first time for everything, and I have heard through the grapevine that he is uh-mazing. Check out their next show! Details are below!
When: October 15th
Where: Patton Alley Pub
Fee: $5 at the door
Theme: 90’s inspired pop-culture theme
Check out their FaceBook page here!