Drag Superstar¬†Nina West¬†came to SLAY this Halloween season‚Äî AGAIN! The queen has outdone herself with her new Spooktacular Variety Special, Heels of Horror. The show began streaming on¬†VIMEO¬†on¬†Oct. 28, 2020. The show is an ode to one of her favorite TV shows of all time, Buffy The Vampire Slayer.
"Nina the Vampire Slayer", was written by¬†Nina West¬†and Mark Byer,¬†with a video directed by¬†Brad Hammer. ¬†Kevin Posnanski¬†and¬†Shawn Adell designed the animations.
The cast¬†features SNL's¬†Taran Killam¬†and an appearance by original Buffy the Vampire Slayer cast member¬†Anthony Stewart Head.
Gretta Goodbottom and the Skeleton Crew, a nine-piece band that will accompany Nina and friends on a cadaverous musical journey. Meanwhile, the choreography is organized by Lady Mercury and Kristen Gregory.
The show depicts the story of a group of friends gathered around a campfire to listen to spooky stories about vampires on Halloween.
However, Nina keeps interrupting the storyteller and excitedly singing how each ode likens to her favorite episodes of Buffy through recaps using animated versions of the original Buffy The Vampire Slayer Cast.
This year's virtual setting
In 2020, due to the pandemic and the need for social distancing protocols, Nina and her producing partner¬†Patricia Taylor, struggled with ways to bring Heels of Horror to the stage safely and with the highest quality possible.
Ultimately, a live show would not allow for a large group, and for the safety of performers and fans, it would be best to move the show to a digital space. However, this opens the show for a whole new worldwide audience to see what Nina and her spooky friends have been up to. The entirely new show is split into three episodes each and features a different Halloween theme.¬†
Equitas Health is a major supporter of the show. Equitas is a regional non-profit health system serving the healthcare needs of the LGBTQ+ in 13 cities in the Midwest. Throughout the run, Nina asks for donations to Equitas Health to continue its mission. Columbus-based, national companies White Castle and Big Lots also support the show.
"I'm so excited to continue the tradition of Heels of Horror with an all-new Digital show," said West in a press release.
"I went back and forth on how to provide a safe and fun in-person event that would be both memorable and safe as I have with the past 12 years. Ultimately the safety of my performers and fans won out. There are tons of surprises in store, even some Tricks, and Treats! Tune in Beginning¬†October 28! You won't want to miss it!"