The Cheesecake Burlesque Revue returns to the North Okanagan with performances in Vernon and Ashton Creek.

The Cheesecake Burlesque Revue returns to the North Okanagan with performances in Vernon and Ashton Creek.

A healthy serving of va-va-voom

They wowed the local crowd two years ago with their special brand of sparkle and sass, and now the Cheesecake Burlesque Revue is returning to the North Okanagan.

A vaudevillian-style variety show, Cheesecake comes complete with dancing, singing, and comedy centred on the classic art-form of striptease.

Anyone who has caught the Victoria-based troupe’s act knows they pull out all the stops, from show-stopping group performances to scintillating solos in a range of styles — from classic to contemporary and from comedic to sultry.

And troupe members say they are bringing more laughs, more tease, and more body confidence to their tour through the Okanagan.

Influenced by cult classics and Broadway to create their own imaginative performances, the performers are as individual as the stars on the walk of fame — cute and geeky, rock n’ roll, classic and elegant — audiences usually can’t help but have a favourite, two, or three.

Audiences reaction has been “phenomenally enthusiastic, with non-stop applause, cheering and screaming from the moment the show began right through to the immediate and thunderous standing ovations,” said Michael Cade, former executive director of the Vernon Performing Arts Centre, who booked the troupe for a sold-out performance in Vernon back in 2009.

The women originally came together in 2006 with the desire to create an environment where they could cast off the shackles of their 9-to-5 jobs and have some silly, sparkly fun.

Their passion for performance has blossomed into an energetic troupe that inspires as well as entertains. Audiences identify with the performers and the Cheesecakes love to connect with people after their shows.

Since those humble beginnings, the Cheesecakes have booked out shows across B.C., and have shimmied across stages in Las Vegas, New York, Vancouver, Berlin, Seattle and Victoria, and have scooped  more than eight Monday Magazine Awards in their hometown.

The women will perform two shows in the North Okanagan.

The first is April 29 at Vernon’s Army, Navy & Air Force Club, 2500-46th Ave. Also appearing at the event will be live band Space Monkey. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Doors open at 7 p.m.  and the show starts at 8 p.m. Advance tickets are at the Bean Scene. For more info call 250-260-0071.

The Cheesecake Burlesque Revue also visits Lorenzo’s Café April 30 in Ashton Creek, 901 Mabel Lake Rd., east of Enderby. Call the café at 250-838-6700 to reserve a seat.