Let me begin by saying that we are not a nostalgia organization. Though we utilize and embody the genre of vaudeville as explored in the variety show, we are best labeled as “Asheville vaudeville”: a multi-talented collective of playwrights, jugglers, magicians, puppeteers, musicians, dancers, and more – who follow in the traditions of these historic arts while demonstrating, as indeed their originators did, a dedication to uncovering and devising new expressions of acts traditionally associated with vaudeville.
While it is our sincerest pleasure to dedicate ourselves to this vital antiquity of American theatre, our purpose in doing so is less a decision to preserve through imitation than one to revive through innovation: the very nature and infrastructure of old vaudeville being one of ‘perpetual renaissance’ for the performers and the refinement of acts, we too seek to craft such an environment through a policy of no-repeat material. Everything heard or seen on the Asheville Vaudeville stage will be its first and only appearance on our stage.
In short: we aim not only to astound, to please, and to entertain, but to do so with alarming consistency; to craft a troupe of continually-developing performers and provide exposure to noteworthy new performers and acts; to build and nurture an audience who feel constantly reminded of why they live in Asheville; to offer work, exposure, and artistic collaboration to all our performers; to provide 5,000 meals to hungry members of our community for every sold-out show and – ultimately – to instigate a new artistic movement in Asheville in celebration and continuation of such fine American institutions as variety theatre, burlesque, sideshow and, particularly, vaudeville.
~ The Baron von Sneeden