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Wednesday, 21 January 2009 13:15

If you've attended an Archon in the last ten years, you know what to expect from an Archon Masquerade - a unique blend of theatre and talent show, a bit of old-time burlesque, with a bit of Saturday morning cartoons thrown in for good measure. The stage is large and well-lit, the sound system rocks; the M.C. is author Victor Milan, a long-time crowd favorite who keeps things moving with good humor and grace, and the occasional bad pun. Well, okay, more than occasional... really, he's very punny! Anyway. we've seen all manner of costumes cross our stage, representing every aspect of science fiction and fantasy media, books, and artwork. Historical reproductions, role-playing characters, and the odd... well, let's just leave it at "odd".


What makes the Archon masquerade any different from any other con masquerade, you may ask? The answer, my friend, is in the details- the little things that, when put together, make the show run so smoothly. Our tech team provides total support for the costumer, whether experienced or not, and makes each contestant feel like a star. We rehearse for hours to produce a show that is slick, entertaining, and fun for both the costumers AND the audience. What the audience sees on our stage is the product of a lot of people working very hard to showcase the art of each individual costumer, and to make it appealing to the crowd, as well.


The Archon Masquerade has drawn contestants from both coasts, as well as Canada. They come the first time to see for themselves what the fuss is about - they come back each year after that because they know that they are welcomed here like no where else. Some of our long-time contestants compete as families, drafting the kids and even Grandma along for the ride!


While many convention masquerades have faltered in the last decade, the Archon Masquerade has grown steadily. One of the reasons may be because of the Best Anime Costume Award we began offering a few years ago. We've seen some wonderful new talent cross our stage as a result.


If you decide to enter a costume into the Archon Masquerade, here’s what you can expect from us:

1. A fun, positive experience. If you're not happy, we're not happy - period.

2. A tech rehearsal where you will get to walk the stage, hear your music, find the best lighting, check your props, etc.

3. Staff and crew people that want to make you shine, and have the toys to make it happen.

4. An exclusive Post-Masquerade party for costumers and crew, where you can relax and enjoy hot food while watching the video replay.


If you would like to find out more about the Archon Masquerade, check out the website at http://www.archonmasq.org. You can also contact the Masquerade Directors, Sheila Lenkman and Scott Corwin, at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Or, if you prefer the non-electronic way, at 9119 Madge Ave, Brentwood, Mo, 63144.

Want to win up front seating for masquerade, here's how.
  A special raffle will be held in conjunction with the Archon charity fund raising events for 2 Comfy front row seats for this years masquerade. Want to see the award winning costumes and costumers up front and personal. Then buy your tickets from the wondering sellers, Costumed Klingons, and at the Jail and Bail table in the Art Show and or at  convention headquarters in the convention center and assorted others from Friday at 10:30 am till Saturday at 4:30pm. The winning name will be drawn at 5 PM, at Con Headquarters in the convention center. One thing, you must be present to win and or have a working cell phone so we can contact you and you must be free to attend the masquerade. The raffel will be for a single winning ticket good for the winner and a guest to sit in the front row during the archon masquerade.
  All procedes will be added to the Charity total to be given to " The American Breast Cancer Foundation".
  They are $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00 or 12 for $10.00.
Archon Charity Coordinator - Mike Hatley
Last Updated on Monday, 24 August 2009 18:04