By Melinda Munson

Earlier this year, Mayor Andrew Cremata asked Skagwegians to organize events to attract independent travellers in a bid to save the town from a dismal cruise season. Members of a local travelling burlesque variety troop heeded the call.

Prepare for comedy, tap dancing, pole performance, burlesque, jazz, country, rock and more as Skagway showcases 35 performers from across the country, Southeast Alaska and the town’s own bosom. 

Skagway Expose, Aug. 12-15, includes a scavenger hunt and brew and booze tour. It highlights different restaurants each day, offers pole fitness and burlesque dancing classes and helps artists showcase their talents while possibly earning some income. 

“Artists have had it rough,” said Johanna Evans, burlesque dancer and one of the event organizers.

She describes the group as an “art collective.” They hope to attract 100-200 spectators.

“We want to flood the town with cash for four days,” Evans said.

Tickets for the events can be purchased at Patrons who wish to donate money for individuals who can’t afford to attend can click “connoisseur add-on.”

“We want our shows to be accessible to any budget,” said organizer, singer and burlesque performer Taylor Vidic. 

The website also offers tips to visitors on local restaurants, lodgings and activities. 

‘We want them to hike. We want them to eat. We want them to understand why we have fallen in love with Skagway and we want them to do it in one weekend,” Vidic said.