Missy Barrett's Adventures

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More Than Just Frivolous Entertainment

on May 21, 2017

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).



One response to “More Than Just Frivolous Entertainment

  1. […] knows that when I reviewed “Frolic: Something Amusing This Way Comes” I gave it 5 BILLION stars because I loved the show so much.  Someone on the Internet told me […]

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