We are Hampton Roads Splendid Teapot racing. We started Splendid Teapot Racing at MarsCon and RavenCon in Williamsburg about three years ago. Teapot Racing was also featured at the Steampunk Festival at the Hampton History Museum for the last two years, and at Anime Mid-Atlantic in Virginia Beach and the NASA Makers Fair in Hampton. Splendid Teapot Racing is a steampunk sport that began in New Zealand and has quickly become a worldwide steampunk event. Designed to be accessible for the average person, it features an obstacle course of jumps, ramps, and several delicately-balanced, breakable china teacups and saucers, that must be negotiated using a remote-controlled vehicle decorated with a teapot. Check out our Facebook page, “Splendid Teapot Racing Hampton Roads, Virginia,” to see pictures and videos. All you need is a remote-controlled vehicle; removing the top and adding a teapot or tea kettle makes it a Teapot Racer. Other decorations can include most anything, but a teapot must be included. In addition to the timed race, points are awarded for costuming, presentation, and entertainment value. Bribes to the judges are not only encouraged, but expected.
Currently in its 8th season, Midnight Monster Movies with Dr. Bob is a horror-host show like few have seen! Dr. Bob Tesla has a monthly live show at the Dwight Frye Underground Cinema and a weekly show in the virtual reality program, AltspaceVR. Dr. Bob is the first horror host to have a show in VR! M3wDB’s live shows mix traditional horror hosting with commedia dell’arte and gimmicks straight from William Castle’s imagination. Dr. Bob is the younger smarter brother of Nikola Tesla and the official horror host of Saint Euphoria Pictures.
DJ Drae has been spinning since 2005. He has entertained at club nights such as The Dawning and Umlaut. He is currently one of the house DJs for the goth club Goth Night in Charlottesville. He has been the host of Les Temps Per Due on WNRN since 2005. He has also entertained at RavenCon since 2010, as well as other sci-fi conventions.
Charming Underclothes is a movie recreation performance group that brings films to life! Shadowcasting, as it’s called, is a midnight movie phenomenon that started with The Rocky Horror Picture Show. We began conquering castles with our RHPS debut on February 26, 2016, in Roanoke, VA. Since then, we have become a traveling cast that expands our stage to Lynchburg and Charlottesville, and we also do conventions and special events throughout the year. During our runtime, we have expanded our celluloid dreams to other movies, such as The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra, Clue, and Hocus Pocus. Every show we do is in costume, with props, and is designed to give the viewers a memorable experience with exciting pre-show games and audience interactions.
I play the role of Rocky and Stripping Crim for Charming Underclothes and performed Trixxie, Crim, and Dr. Scott since 2011 in Washington, DC before moving to Roanoke in 2015. I also run registration for Mysticon. I am into tabletop gaming and WOW. While not performing I am in school, reading, or watching tv.
Mourning Star started out as a security guard in 2016 where he met his wife-to-be. He quickly moved into the role of Rocky and then was thrown into the role of Brad. He moved up in the ranks to become a Co-Director and one of the Faces of Cast on Facebook. When not performing he is collecting Pops and playing WoW.
O. Hai is a pop culture fan who has been doing the time warp, alone in his basement, for years. Now he teaches it as Crim in Charming Underclothes.
It was great when it all began… in 2005, being introduced to Rocky Horror (and thrown on stage as Magenta) by the Cepheid Variable cast at Texas A&M University as a not-so-innocent freshman. Since then I have spent my years time warping with Los Bastardos of Dallas/Fort Worth, TX, contemplating the Tolls of Madness in Blacksburg, VA, and acting as Co-Director of the Charming Underclothes in Roanoke, VA. When not indulging in the sins of the flesh, I am a book devourer, mountain climber, strategic gamer, and avid pet snuggler.
Syrinx first took the stage in 2005, when he joined The Fishnet Mafia, a Rocky Horror Picture Show shadowcast in Columbus, OH. He started out as The Criminologist and a year later took on the role of Riff Raff. In 2009, he joined the on-air personalities of Nyte’s Realm Radio, an internet radio station. It was here that Syrinx got to debut his weekly DJ mixshow. He also went on to create his own show, The Geeks Come Out At Night—a weekly fandom-based talk show that featured geeky celebrities. In 2010, he moved over to Sobel Nation Radio and his mixshows joined the weekly timeslots alongside DJs From Mars, Ford, Jerome Farley, and others. Syrinx moved to Roanoke, VA, in 2011 and in 2012 he volunteered to help run MystiCon. Soon after, he created the Music Department for the convention and has been booking bands since 2013. In 2015, another dream came true when he founded Charming Underclothes. Since then, they became the first cast to ever perform The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra (using the actual Mutant head from the movie). Syrinx is still a DJ and remixer and is now signed to Tigersquawk Records. He is one of the live members for The Gothsicles and is the beats and samples master for Khionik. He recently made the transition from stage to screen in a couple roles for Darkstone Entertainment. Syrinx is “The Peruser” in the upcoming 7th Guest: The Series and is one the Varients in the movie Rifters, due out soon.
I felt released at my first Rocky show at the age of 18. I joined up with the Transylvanian Concubines in Fairfax last year and became their “Slut” within months. I then moved down to Roanoke just to become part of the Charming Underclothes cast. I enjoy cooking shows and reading as well as cosplaying. I may look sweet and innocent but looks are deceiving.
Transforming Top 40 songs into the nerdy versions they should have been in the first place, the Library Bards have become a staple in the new comic and pop culture convention scene. Traveling the United States, the dynamic performances of Bonnie Gordon (ABC’s The Quest; voice of R. Mika in Street Fighter V), and Xander Jeanneret (TBS’ King of the Nerds; voice of the Announcer in Divekick) bring life to the main stages of cosplay contests, panels, and concert performances.
Although recently seen in many screen projects & web series, Bonnie is most recognized for her time on ABC’s fantasy/reality show, The Quest, the Star Trek Geek & Sundry show “Shield of Tomorrow,” or the cyberpunk superhero show, “Callisto 6” on Geek & Sundry’s Project Alpha. If her face doesn’t seem familiar to you, perhaps her voice will… From video games to anime, some voiceover credits include Street Fighter V (Rainbow Mika); Mega Man (Bounce Man); Fire Emblem: Echoes (Silque and end credits vocalist); recurring characters on Cartoon Network’s Mighty Magiswords; Battlestar Galactica: Deadlock; Ikki Tousen; Akiba’s Trip; Guided Fate Paradox; Demon Gaze; and more to come! Her future plans include living off of cheese plates and world domination. You can find her on Twitter and IG at @BonnieBellG and at Library Bards @librarybards.
Xander Jeanneret is an actor, web personality, and professional roleplayer. He is best known for his appearances on Legendary Digital Networks, which include Geek & Sundry’s Sagas of Sundry: Madness, and We’re Alive: Frontier. Xander is also half of the nerd parody band The Library Bards!
D.J., Jenny, Chuck, Kat, and Drew started jamming—and soon realized they were pretty good at it. Now spread from Farmville to Chesapeake, they play tunes for geeks of all genres (Star Wars, Doctor Who, Firefly, Harry Potter, Pacific Rim—yes, you read that right—etc.), when they can get themselves in the same place at the same time!