Missy Barrett's Adventures

The amazing adventures of a fictional child

Rain, Rain, Go Away

So I didn’t get to post on my blog yesterday because the Internet connection at our house depends on what the weather is like.  When there’s lots of clouds and lots of rain, you don’t get too much Internet.  So that’s how come my entry is a whole day late.

The weatherman said yesterday that there was a 90% chance of rain all day and basically what happened was that the 10% no rain happened when I went to school and when I came back home.  The rest of the time it sure was raining!

Today, there was a lot of rain but not 90% rain like yesterday.  I think today was probably 75% because it didn’t rain like it did yesterday when it was 90% but you know what?  I was kind of sing-songing this rhyme I learned when I was little.  Rain, rain, go away; come again another day.  That’s how I remember it going.  But when I was talking to my Grandpa Barrett on the phone he said it used to be “Rain, rain, go to Spain. Fair weather come again.”

I guess it makes sense to want too much rain go to Spain if Spain doesn’t have too much rain but that’s kind of far to want rain to go.  How about just going to some place here that doesn’t have so much rain instead?  The farmers would totally love that I think.

Anyway, Saturday there’s a Crawfish Boil at the Norma Dan Motel in Pigeon Forge and my Grandma and Grandpa Two Rivers are going to be there.   This is where we’re going to be.

Now I love posters and I especially love posters that let me know how much fun something is going to be, and this poster has lots of fun written all over it.  Just look at how much fun all those crawfish are having in the poster.  There’s two in one hot tub and two others in another hot tub and there’s another one that looks like he’s saying, “Come on in and visit a while!”  The littler one at the bottom is saying, “Who’s your crawdaddy?” and that’s funny because people don’t have craw daddies if you get what I mean.

So me and my grandma and grandpa are going to go there, and there’s probably going to be “Pinwheels and Pearls” books to buy and that’s good because if you haven’t started collecting stamps and stickers for the Pinwheels and Pearls Scavenger Hunt Contest, you’ll have exactly one whole week to collect them.  Then you can go to the Kids’ Zone Tent at Relay for Life at Patriot Park on June 2 (that’s on a Friday) and you can get as many numbered tickets as there you collected stickers and stamps in your “Pinwheels and Pearls” book for a chance to win a prize!

P.S.  If you don’t buy a book there, you can get one from Amazon.  Also, one whole dollar gets donated to Relay For Life when you buy a “Pinwheels and Pearls” book.

Just so you know some places have special extra surprises like Sign Master on Oak Cluster Drive in Sevierville where you can get a Limited Edition Pinwheels and Pearls bookmark and at all 4 Pepper Palace locations (Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, and Gatlinburg) where you’ll get a free bottle of hot sauce with every $10 purchase at participating locations.  You just never know what you might get as a extra surprise when you collect stamps and stickers in this Scavenger Hunt Contest!

So I’m sorry the 90% chance of rain yesterday made my blog entry late this week but the good news is that it wasn’t quite as rainy today.  Also, just so you know, I think next week I’m probably going back to see the other show playing at the Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre in Gatlinburg.  If I do, watch for the review of that show.  I already read some pretty good things about that show from people that already saw it last weekend when it opened to rave reviews.

See you at the Crawfish Boil tomorrow!

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More Than Just Frivolous Entertainment

Slick productions usually mean glitz and glamor.  Sometimes it also means a great show.  Great productions usually mean entertaining.  Sometimes it also means glitz and glamor.  Last week, my family and me, we saw “Frolic: Something Amusing This Way Comes” at the Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre and I learned a lot about all kinds of production related stuff.

This show we saw – “Frolic: Something Amusing This Way Comes” — is the show on red days (check the Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre calendar HERE to see what days this show is on).

The theater (or theatre because that’s how it’s spelled on the outside of the building and on their website and everywhere else) is just the right size for a vaudeville show. It’s not too big and it’s not too small and a full house is 159 seats with lots of place for people to ‘park their cabooses’ (which is what my Grandpa Two Rivers says when he means sitting down).  When I say that I mean there’s lots of place for sitting in your seat so don’t worry about being a grown-up and having to squish into a seat.  The seats are perfect size roomy but not so roomy that you feel weirdy weird sitting in them.

The four actors of this show are Chris MacPherson (he’s the director of this show and all the other Great Victorian Amusement Company shows, and I know that because it says so in the program you get when you go in the theatre), Christopher L. Sullivan (that’s kind of funny all by itself because they have bookend Christophers at Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre), Stephanie Butters, and Scott Johnson.

NOTE:  The show on blue days – “Perfect Nonsense featuring Captain Malinger Flies Again” – also has Jennifer MacPherson-Evans and she’s Chris MacPherson’s sister.

SECOND NOTE:  I’m going to go see “Perfect Nonsense featuring Captain Malinger Flies Again” sometime soon so I’ll be posting a review of that show on my blog, too.  Stay tuned for it.

ANOTHER NOTE:  Chris and Jennifer’s mom and dad, Pat and Don MacPherson, started all of this 41 seasons ago and I don’t mean 4 seasons in a year 41 seasons.  I mean 41 theater seasons so this theater goes all the way back to 1977 which is back in the old-fashioned days!

The show opens with a welcoming song and I like that.  I didn’t have to jump right into the show and then spend ten minutes trying to figure out what it was about.  The opening song said it all:  The show is all about having boat loads of fun!

There’s a romantic song with funny lyrics that Chris and Stephanie sing together.  There’s amazing juggling by Christopher.  There’s some contortioning that gets done but it’s not going to make you squeamish because it’s busy making you laugh so hard you cannot believe how funny it is.

There’s some excellent magic tricks and then there’s some more romantic singing, this time with Scott and Stephanie.

One of the best parts for me was Ollie the Clown, especially when he got some of the audience to come on stage to help him make a old timey movie.  I laughed so hard at this I thought my sides were going to get unstitched (they didn’t).  My mom had tears running down her face she laughed so hard.  My big brothers kept bobbing back and forth like those wooden birds that fake pretend to get a drink of water in front of them.

Then we did a singalong. I won’t tell you what happens on the singalong because that would wreck some of the fun when you go there to see the show.  I just want to say that you’re going to want to singalong because not singing along is not a very good decision.  You’ll find out how come when you go to the show and see for yourself.

I’m going to send Christopher L. Sullivan a message on Facebook and ask him to teach me how to sing the amazing song he sang after the singalong.  If you sing the song right from the start to the end, you have to have a fantastic memory and a whole lot of talent.

I loved it when Scott kept coming out to sing his favorite song (I think it’s his favorite song because he kept coming out to sing it).  Maybe it’s because I watched the original movie the song comes from a whole bunch of times with my Grandma and Grandpa Barrett.  I just love love love that movie and Scott does a super great job dancing it.  He does it so good I could see him in the movie doing the song and dance and doing just as great as the original actor in the movie.

Now my brother Josh is in high school and he says that Shakespeare is really hard to understand.  Either he’s just being a fooler boy or I’m going to totally ace English when I get to high school because the show  has two places where they do Shakespeare and I didn’t think it was hard to understand at all.  When I get to high school, I’m going to really like “Romeo and Juliet” and “King Lear” for sure.  If you have kids, you should tell them they’re going to learn some important school stuff.  I did!

One more thing I want to say is that I want to learn how to dance the way Erik the Viking dances.  When you see the show, you’ll get how come and you’ll probably want to learn to dance the way Erik the Viking dances.

Most reviews are usually up to 5 stars but I cannot give this show 5 stars.  I can only give this show 5 BILLION stars because that’s how excellent it is in my opinion (and you know you can trust my opinion to be right).


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