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by Krystal Bick
May 20, 2009 | 701 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Craig Stott, a real estate agent in the Las Vegas area, is a typical, busy guy - showing homes, working out and loving the fast pace of the infamous Sin City.

What may not be so obvious, though, is his other full-time job, where the clientele, well, didn't exactly come to see a house.

"Getting to dance with women on stage, it's every guy's dream," the Sydney, Australia native said in a distinct Aussie accent, in regards to being a 10-years-and-running veteran performer in the male revue show "Thunder From Down Under." "I like performing. We make sure it's a good night out and that it's all about the women."

And Stott, whose personal act in the show replicates that of ancient Spartans reminiscent of the movie "300," said he truly tries to make it all about the women, as being a performer and an entertainer have always been in his blood.

"I love watching people have a good time," Stott said. "The women really get into it. It's great."

So how exactly does one get started in the male revue industry?

"I went (to one of the shows) with one of my best mates because his brother was in the show," Stott said, with a laugh. "It was a good show, a lot of acrobatics and dance routines. It wasn't sleazy and I just thought, 'Wow, that would be a cool job.' "

Before he knew it, Stott was a part of "Thunder from Down Under," one of the premier male revues with an entire cast of performers from none other than the land down under.

The show, a musical and dance ensemble spin on the typical male revue, unfolds with each cast member performing in a themed skit, like military men or Jack Sparrow and his fellow pirates, all while showcasing their athletic ... talents.

Naturally, such demanding performance standards dictate intense workouts and regimented diets.

"I like my foods though," Stott said, an already avid golfer and former gymnast. "So I try to keep up my cardio. As for the show though, we work really well together. We go over the routines and the choreography together. We keep it tight."

Of course, the typical question gets begged of crazed audience members, but Stott's personal favorites are when the most unexpected guests get taken up on stage.

"I remember when Marcus (one of Stott's fellow performers) brought this little old lady up on stage," Stott said. "She was probably 80 years old. She wasn't too happy about it at first but she eventually got into it. The audience loved it."

As for his long-term goals, Stott said he hopes to be able to further pursue his career in the real estate industry, before eventually retiring young in Australia.

"The best part about being Australian is that I get to move back there someday," Stott said, adding that he misses the beaches the most. "It's a lot slower there. Not everyone is in such a rush to get somewhere. In Australia, you're happy to just make it through the day, have a chat with someone and go surf."

Here in the United States though, Stott said he's having fun, despite the unavoidable criticism from some for being involved in a revue show.

"There's a big difference between being a stripper and being an entertainer," Stott said. "We are entertainers. We do a great job. Of course, you get instantly judged for what you do sometimes. But I love being able to entertain still and see them have such a good time."

The show runs Friday through Sunday night at the Atlantis Casino Resort and Spa with doors opening at 7 p.m. Tickets are $29 in advance and $34 the day of the show and can be purchased at the Atlantis or online at
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