What if the hit Wii game Super Smash Bros Brawl came to life? If you have a hard time picturing this then you should certainly get a ticket to Florida Supercon in June held right here in Miami. There you will be one of the lucky few to see the Live Action Smash Bros 3000 Show! This is one of the main attractions of the convention. There you can see your favorite videogame characters live in a no holds barred, uncensored, adult extravaganza. Scantily clad video game babes, comedy, dancing, and battles; this show has it all! On June 19th the show put on by the 3000 brigade will have its fifth all new show. The cast of smash bros have been involved in a lot of unique situations and this one is no different.
To introduce the show for those who are unfamiliar to the convention scene is Erin Hurst. She is the mastermind behind all the great shows involving the 3000 brigade, and portrays Princess Peach. This lady of the gaming stage has been a gamer since the Atari days and has collected every system ever since. Various consoles bring about various games, some of her favorites include Tetris, Bubble Bobble, Pocket Fighter, and Marvel vs Capcom. Erin is a performer/actress at a theme park and has put her talents to use for all our benefits, putting on a great show for Supercon for several years. She is now treated as a celebrity in the con world and she highly enjoys cosplay outside of the show, sometimes with her boyfriend, she will walk the conventions floor and everyone shows her the love she deserves. I hope to spread her fame and encourage all you readers to hear her passion:
1. Where did the inspiration for this show come from?
“I loved cosplay events but I felt like I was getting to old for them. I would work really hard on a 2 minute skit and my group would blow everyone out of the water. The prizes were always lame unfortunately. Sometimes they would give first place to a character that was popular, and not reward hard work. Then one year I saw the animusical at Yasumicon. I liked there style but there show had no plot. I wanted to do a show with a story, dancing, fighting, adult content, and characters everyone knows and loves so a variety of fans could enjoy. I loved video games and that was just the medium I needed.”
2. How did you go about getting the show up and running?
“I had many amazing and supportive friends that backed me up. Without them it would have never started. I told the person in charge of Supercon about the event I wanted to create and he gave me a chance with a 20 min show with 10 characters. By the time it was over there was one complaint:”too short”. Now we are on our 5th show, and they have gotten consistently bigger and better with multimedia, costumes, new characters, and a cast and crew of over 30 people in a show that’s a little over a hour.”
3. Was it difficult gathering a cast to perform with?
“The cast was not hard to find. Many of us worked together already at a theme park. The majority of us are professionally trained circus performers. Most of us have trained professionally in dance, theater, combat, costuming, voice, and many other random skills. Some have had no training other then this show. I have taught, written, and directed children’s theater for 10 years so working with this talented and wonderful group of people has been easy.”
4. How often does the cast gather to rehearse? And what does that involve?
“The cast begins rehearsal in January. And the next show is June 19 at Supercon. The Supercon website has more details and updated schedules. The cast begins slowly with one to five rehearsals in January. By May, we practice 3 times a week from 8:30pm to 10pm but sometimes 12am or later.”
5. Who comes up with the stories portrayed on the stage?
“I write the shows. I always wanted to know what these characters would be like beyond the pause play select start. How would they be in real life? I pulled a lot of inspiration from my friends. I try to put a little bit of them into the characters they play. They make it easy cause they are such a wonderfully funny eclectic group. The show has many inside jokes amongst our cast that the audience may never understand but we enjoy it.”
6. How much does it cost to get a show like completed? And where does the funding come from?
“The show costs more than I care to mention. My roommate and best friend is the assistant director. She helps front a lot of the money. We also have sponsors, Tate’s Comics provides us a location and lots of love and support. The Supercon convention runner reimburses and pays for the show. All I can say about the show’s cost is that it’s EXPENSIVE! Most of our cast donates as much as they can in materials out of the love for this show and experience. We do sell t shirts and posters to try to raise money. We also have an auction and sell signed material to raise money.”
7. Does the story evolve with the input of the cast members?
“The story does evolve with help from my friends and cast members. If I hear a idea I really like I will work it in.”
8. What sort of characters can we be expecting to see in the show?
“The show is a console war, so all bets are off. Typically the show involves any Nintendo character in all of Nintendo history. You never know who you are going to see. We keep it top secret. This show involves more than one system so you never know who is going to show up. You are just going to have to come see it.”
9. For what kind of audience is the show targeted for?
“The show is definitely adult! I recommend 16 and up, but we get fans of all ages.”
10. Have you had success with your performances?
“The show has had great success. Our last show had over 1700 people in the audience. I love seeing our T-shirts on people randomly in the mall. They usually don’t recognize me out of costume and I think that’s so funny. We have a very large following on you tube as well.”
11. When and where can we expect to see a new performance in the series? And can you hint at any new developments?
“You can see all our shows on you tube. The FL Supercon website has links to all our shows. I recommend our fans watch them from start to finish cause we have recurring jokes in every show. It’s also fun to see how far we have come. The third and fourth in my opinion are the best. I hope this fifth one in June blows them away.”
12. Lastly is there anything you want to share with our readers?
“I would like the readers to know how much I love my crew. My stage manager and assistant director are my roommates and I make them eat sleep and breathe this show for months! My assistant director does all the audio and music edits for this show. She also does a lot of video work. Luigi does a lot of video work as well. The show would not be the same without the three of them and the absolute most wonderful talented group of friends that I am so blessed to work with.”
This is just a brief taste of the greatness of the Smash Bros Show. Until you can see them live in person be sure to check them out on their facebook page. All of their shows can also be seen on the youtube account belonging to the show’s very own Luigi. Erin and the rest of the crew would love your support at the next show. You will never get to see a show like this outside of Supercon so make sure you don’t miss it. Till the show arrives, make sure to check back here for more words of wisdom from fellow castmates.