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Beggar's Carnivale

Saint Louis, MO


Born from the ghost of an English music hall, a dustbowl carnival, American Vaudeville, and the golden age of the silent film era the Beggar's Carnivale is truly a variety show combining elements of traditional circus arts, gypsy folk and rock n' roll.  Filled with wonderment and spectacle it has been described as, "Cirque du Soleil on a whiskey bender."

The Beggar's Carnivale began as an idea and dream of Sammich the Tramp before she moved to St. Louis and teamed up with burlesque producer/performer extraordinaire, Lola van Ella. Lola was used to producing straight forward burlesque shows and was working on and desiring something grander and more theatrical,  and Sammy was used to doing silent film inspired live performance in variety shows but was looking for a scene and an avenue that could support it better. St. Louis is home to an incredibly flourishing and blossoming circus, vaudeville, and burlesque scene as well as a historic and important music history. For the first time in St. Louis and just about anywhere, Sammy and Lola were able to combine all of those elements on one stage, in one night, for one raucous wild ride of a show. They achieved what they felt was the true sense and spirit of vaudeville. The Beggar's Carnivale is a fast paced, non-stop show with exciting acts that are linked together by a series of silent film-esque transition bits as well as live music from house band The Royal We and music that is mixed on the spot by the show's personal DJ. The Beggar's Carnivale is one of the only, if not the only, completely silent variety burlesque show, and uses no emcee.

The Beggar's Carnivale made its debut in November of 2010 and was an instant hit. Starting off as a monthly show in St. Louis, the crowds, attention, and excitement got bigger and bigger every month. The fans really identified with this crazy, fun, inclusive event and truly live experience that the Beggars were providing. Featuring different guest stars and opening acts every month including Jason Webley, Curtis Eller, Trixie Little and the Evil Hate Monkey, 999 Eyes Freak Show, Jeez Loueez, Lady Jack, Lula Houp Garou, Ray Gunn and more, there is always something new and exciting to look forward to and our audiences have really responded.  Our audience is an eclectic group, ranging from 18 to 80, wealthy to working class. This show knows no discrimination. By the 7th month the show was so big it had to be moved into 1,000 capacity historic venue. In April of 2011 the Beggars took their show out on the road for the first time, traveling down to Dallas and performing in the historic Lakewood Theater. The show received a lot of buzz and incredible feedback, with people marveling that they saw "such an amazing show that made us feel like we were in Vegas" and ended up being voted the Dallas burlesque fans' favorite show of the year.

The Beggars are now preparing to take this crazy show on the road and will be making stops all over the country this fall.  Our story has just begun and our little carnivale will only gather more incredible stories, lore, scandals and  crazy gypsy love.  It's F-ing magic!


Events

Opening Night Bash: Show-Me Burlesque Festival 2014

May 15, 2014 7:00 PM
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Opening Night BLOWOUT at 2720 Cherokee. This is our original venue for the Beggar's Carnivale and has hosted some of our favorite shows. It's rowdy, it's warm, and it's a BLAST to perform there. After a meet and greet at Van Ella Studios, we will WALK the red carpet to the venue (half a block away!) to kick off the incredible weekend of shows ahead.
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Weekend Pass: Show-Me Burlesque Festival 2014

May 15, 2014 8:00 PM
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Show-Me Burlesque is a 3 day festival dedicated to glitz, glam and fabulous burlesque, boylesque, vaudeville, circus, and variety entertainment from all over the country!
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Friday Night Spectacular: Show-Me Burlesque Festival 2014

May 16, 2014 7:00 PM
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Show-Me Burlesque is a 3 day festival dedicated to glitz, glam and fabulous burlesque, boylesque, vaudeville, circus, and variety entertainment from all over the country!
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Red Light District Revue: Show-Me Burlesque Festival 2014

May 16, 2014 10:30 PM
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Show-Me Burlesque is a 3 day festival dedicated to glitz, glam and fabulous burlesque, boylesque, vaudeville, circus, and variety entertainment from all over the country!
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The Beggar's Carnivale & Final Night of Show-Me Burlesque Festival 2014

May 17, 2014 8:00 PM
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Show-Me Burlesque is a 3 day festival dedicated to glitz, glam and fabulous burlesque, boylesque, vaudeville, circus, and variety entertainment from all over the country!
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Beggar's Carnivale
Leah Schumacher

Address
2646 Cherokee
Saint Louis, MO 63118

Phone
314-384-2532

Email
beggarstickets@gmail.com

Website
http://www.beggarscarnivale.com

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History

The Van Ella Studios Student Show...

February 28, 2014 9:00 PM
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Burlesque! A Night of Stars!

January 18, 2014 8:00 PM
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The 4th Annual Shimmy Showdown

January 17, 2014 8:00 PM
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The Beggar's Carnivale Presents:...

December 31, 2013 8:30 PM
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The Van Ella Studios Student Show...

November 09, 2013 9:00 PM
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The Beggar's Carnivale: "Flappers...

September 14, 2013 7:30 PM
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The Van Ella Studios Student Show...

August 31, 2013 8:00 PM
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The Beggar's Carnivale Presents:...

July 26, 2013 8:00 PM
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The Beggar's Carnivale & Final Ni...

May 18, 2013 8:00 PM
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Red Light District Revue: Show-Me...

May 17, 2013 10:30 PM
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Friday Night Spectacular: Show-Me...

May 17, 2013 7:00 PM
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Opening Night Bash: Show-Me Burle...

May 16, 2013 8:00 PM
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Weekend Pass: Show-Me Burlesque F...

May 16, 2013 8:00 PM
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The Van Ella Studios Student Show...

March 22, 2013 8:00 PM
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The Beggar's Carnivale: "Spring F...

March 09, 2013 7:30 PM
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"Confidence in Character through...

February 23, 2013 4:00 PM
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"Chair Dancing" with Lola van Ell...

February 23, 2013 2:30 PM
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"Hosting Fundamentals" with Lola...

February 23, 2013 1:00 PM
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"The Hot Seat: Dancing for Your P...

February 09, 2013 1:00 PM
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Burlesque! A Night of Stars!

January 12, 2013 9:00 PM
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The 3rd Annual Shimmy Showdown!

January 11, 2013 8:00 PM
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The Beggar's Carnivale Presents:...

December 31, 2012 9:00 PM
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The VanElla Studios Student Showc...

November 17, 2012 9:00 PM
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The Beggar's Carnivale: Nevermore...

November 10, 2012 7:30 PM
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The Beggar's Carnivale: The Grand...

August 18, 2012 7:30 PM
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The Beggar's Carnivale & Carnival...

May 19, 2012 8:00 PM
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Show-Me Burlesque Gala!

May 17, 2012 8:00 PM
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Show Me Burlesque VIP Package

May 17, 2012 8:00 PM
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The Beggar's Carnivale w/ Midnite...

March 10, 2012 7:00 PM
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Private Party - Julia Bark

February 25, 2012 7:00 PM
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The Beggar's New Year's Ball...

December 31, 2011 9:00 PM
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"Santa Baby Saturday" Pin-up Hair...

December 17, 2011 1:00 PM
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Contact Juggling with Peter Pecul...

December 10, 2011 2:00 PM
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The Beggar's Carnivale w/ Vagabon...

October 22, 2011 7:00 PM
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