Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Idle Rogue Productions Presents: MAYFAIR - The Stories of The Mayfair Witches

I was fortunate enough to attend the dress rehearsal of Idle Rogue Productions' newest offering, MAYFAIR, The Stories of the Mayfair Witches, which opens on January 21st at 7pm for 6 performances only.  I can only emaphasize that this is a show you will not want to miss.  

Thirteen dancers bring to life a story based on Anne Rice's spellbinding novel of witchcraft and the occult, The Witching Hour.  Spanning four centuries it tells the story of a great family of witches, the Mayfairs, a family which is haunted by a powerful, dangerous and seductive demon, Lasher.

Deborah Mayfair - Zahra Ethaniel- casts her magic spells

Sitting in the garden of the Mayfair Mansion in New Orleans, at wrought iron tables under an outdoor gazebo, the audience is drawn into the tales of this family and fully immersed by the use of the Oberlander camera system which captures one's camera and brings one close to the dancers, following them from different angles and giving everyone the same view.

The setting is a garden party at the old Mayfair mansion on First Avenue in the Garden District of New Orleans. The notorious are-they-or-aren't-they family has always drawn it's fair share of speculation, with wild tales of a purse full of coins that never runs out, and a mysterious man whom only some can see.   
                                                                        - GB publicity notice for Mayfair

Angelique Mayfair - Sho Kyong - with Lasher

But the Mayfair witches have endured shattering tragedies along with their immense power. What does the comely Lasher want from them? And is any witch strong enough to control him?
                                                                                                           - GB publicity notice for Mayfair

Marguerite Mayfair - Maeve Branner - in her laboratory
 I haven't read The Witching Hour but each dance is preceded by a storyboard so it's easy to follow along.  We did not see all of the dances last evening including that of chryblnd Scribe, the thirteenth witch, the one who transforms Lasher into human form.  She told us she was keeping it as a surprise as well as hinting that it wasn't quite finished yet.

Deirdre Mayfair - BabypeaVonPhoenix - with Lasher
With Idle Rogue's usual consummate professionalism this story is brought to life in dance by thirteen very talented performers.  The music is powerful and moving and the sets are perfect backdrops to each story, with the imaginative use of fading scenes and particles that we have come to expect these days from dance performance.  Excellent technical and production support is provided by many people and the full cast and crew is listed at the end of this post. 

Details of performances and how to reserve the few remaining places can be found on the Idle Rogue website.

Kat Feldragonne, an SL dancer and performer, wrote a very detailed post, Mayfair Sneak Peek, giving her impressions of the rehearsal along with some excellent photos. 


Chewie Quixote - Soloist - Suzanne Mayfair
Zahra Ethaniel - Production Design
                         Soloist - Deborah Mayfair
Meegan Danitz - Soloist - Charlotte Mayfair
Deb Heron - Soloist - Jeanne Louise Mayfair
                 - Production Design Assistant 
                 - Assistant to chryblnd Scribe
Sho Kyong - Soloist - Angelique Mayfair
Shadow Tarber  - Production Design
                         - Soloist - Marie Claudette Mayfair
Maeve Branner - Soloist - Marguerite Mayfair
Azabella Alamar - Soloist - Katherine Mayfair
Blaze deVivre - Soloist - Mary Beth Mayfair
Anashara Dubois - Soloist - Stella Mayfair
Aubreya Joszpe - Soloist - Antha Mayfair
                           Production Assistant - Public Relations
BabyPea von Phoenix - Soloist - Deirdre Mayfair
chryblnd Scribe -  Producer, Director, Art Director
                             Soloist - Rowan Mayfair
Tray Porthos - Production Design - Camera
                      Soloist - Lasher
Cee Edman - Petyr van Abel
AveBee - Peter Mayfair (alt of Deb Heron)
Franny - Charlotte's Maid 1
               Production Assistant - Membership Liaison
Subversive Vavoom - Charlotte's Maid 2
Imrhien Fargas - Darcy Monahan
March Antiesse as Julien's Lover
Barney Helendale - Julien Mayfair
Spinned - Stella's Lover (alt)
Rogue Fretwerk as Michael Curry (alt of chryblnd Scribe)
Stella's party: Gloriana, Arrehn, Adam3 Magic, Imrhien Fargis

Arrehn Oberlander - Production Design Technical
Martin Yeats - Production Design Technical
Gloriana Maertens - Production Design Builder


  1. Thank you Jo for the wonderful review and beautiful pictures!! XXOOs

  2. . . . this was the most amazing dance production I have ever seen . . it will go down as an SL classic and has set a whole new standard for this style of performance . . I don't want to name names because everyone was brilliant . Huge congrats to all involved .