Missy Barrett's Adventures

The amazing adventures of a fictional child

Extravaganza Bonanza

First off, I want everybody to know that most people do not know how amazing a illusionist and magician Chris MacPherson of Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre is.  Not even his assistant!  Last week, my family and me, we went to see “Vaudeville Extravaganza.”  For part of the show, Chris MacPherson is a illusionist and plus a magician, and every time he’s on stage with Emma, his assistant, he holds up this piece of rope and tells everybody in the audience it’s six feet long.  Except everybody — even Emma, his assistant — only sees a piece of rope that’s maybe two feet long.  Here’s the thing:  If Chris MacPherson says the rope is six feet long, then it’s six feet long, and if the audience and plus Emma, his assistant, only sees a rope that’s two feet long, then that’s like David Copperfield disappearing the Statue of Liberty like he did that one time in front of a live audience and plus everybody watching  the illusion on their TVs.

So if the only reason you go to see “Vaudeville Extravaganza” is to see the amazing illusions of the Great Chris MacPherson, you totally will be amazed at how awesome his magic illusions are!

But that’s not the only reason you should go see this new show.  There’s lots and lots of good reasons to see the show.  One of the other excellent reasons is that in this show, they even do a complete retelling of a special children’s fairy tale.  I won’t tell you which one because that probably would spoil the surprise because if I tell you which one and then show you pictures, you for sure are going to know what to expect and where’s the fun in that?  So I’ll just post some pictures of the fairy tale, and when you see the show for yourself, you’re going to say to yourself, “Hey, that’s the fairy tale I read about on Missy’s blog.”

There’s lots of royal skits this time around and that’s probably because Prince Harry and Megan Markle just had a baby.  They called him Archie, probably after the comic book character, but I don’t know for sure.  I just think probably that’s where they got the name from because who doesn’t know about Archie and Veronica and Betty and Reggie and Jughead and Moose and all that?

Also, there’s lots of explaining at the beginning of the show about how come the playbill isn’t going to be exactly what the playbill says the playbill is going to be, but don’t worry because Emma and Stephanie and Christopher and Chris are superly talented, and even when a playbill isn’t going to be exactly what the playbill says the playbill is going to be, it turns out that it really isn’t so different after all.  That’s just how everybody at Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre rolls … making the surprises superly huge surprises even when they’re not surprises after all but turn out to be surprises all at the same time.

There’s no Ollie this time around but that’s okay because there’s lots of singing and dancing and corny jokes.  Okay, maybe they’re not corny jokes but you sure can’t call them sugar-coated chocolate box jokes either.  They’re more like out of the ark jokes (that’s what my Grandpa Two Rivers calls them and he loves those kinds of jokes).  Also, some of them are very educational so those are the kind of jokes you really want to hear.

Every show has a sing-a-long segment and I really love those sing-a-longs, mostly because the songs are way old songs from the old-fashioned days from way back when, and it doesn’t matter if my Grandma and Grandpa Barrett go with us to see the show or if my Grandma and Grandpa Two Rivers go with us to see the show, they always know all the words without even reading them off the handout you get when you get seated before the show starts!  How cool is that?

Like always I put together a excellent collage of the most recent show I saw at Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre, and I’m giving this show a bazillion cool jokes rating with a special mention for the most awesomest illusions ever done live in front of a audience that loves getting entertained by actors and comedians and magicians and all that great stuff.

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The Story Of An Ocean, A Tragedy, and A Museum

When you’re a member of the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce, there’s lots of amazing things that happen like yesterday’s Coffee Talk that was sponsored by the Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge.  This was a educational kind of Coffee Talk for me, so my mom got permission to let me come with her yesterday before going to school (I got there late, but it was with the principal’s permission).  When I get permission to go to a Coffee Talk and get to school late, I have to do a special presentation on what I learned, and that’s a superly great deal for everybody because that means I’m kind of like the in-between person for the local attraction or business and all of the kids in my class.

IMPORTANT SIDE NOTE:  All of the pictures in this blog entry got taken by people that work at the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce office.   Zero zip pictures got taken by me because I forgot to bring my camera with me, and my mom said if we went back to the house for it, we would be way late for the special presentation.

If you maybe don’t know about this superly famous ship, it was supposed to be the most amazing ship that ever got built, and it was not supposed to sink … except that on April 15 in 1912 it did sink and way lots of people died which is so sad.  Before it started sailing across the Atlantic to come to America, everyone was talking about it because it was the most amazing ship ever.  Here’s a poster of Titanic.

The Titanic was the biggest and most luxurious passenger that ever got built up until 1912. Everyone said it was unsinkable, and that’s because the way it got it built, there were 16 compartments, and even if 4 of them got flooded, 12 not-flooded compartments were enough for the Titanic to still be fine.

But when the Titanic hit a iceberg late at night, there was so much damage on the starboard side where it hit the iceberg, that 5 compartments got flooded, and with 5 compartments flooded, the Titanic was not fine and started to sink.

More than 1,500 people died and about 700 people survived. Most of the survivors were women and children, so a lot of dads and brothers and grandpas and uncles and boy cousins died. So did a lot of moms and sisters and grandmas and aunts and girl cousins.

At Coffee Talk yesterday, the people of the Titanic Museum made the lobby of the Civic Center look like people were going to go on a trip because they had this in the front lobby.

Then we got to go into the main area, and it was decorated like we were going into the fancy dining area of the Titanic with beautiful tablecloths and flower arrangements and decorations and stuff like that.  It really set the right kind of mood for the presentation the people of the Titanic Museum planned for Coffee Talk.

The stage was decorated with life jackets and luggage.

 

When the presentation started, First Class Maid Jodi got to dress up and pretend to be Molly Brown.  She was a very famous lady that was on the Titanic and she survived.  She even got named the Unsinkable Molly Brown.  Here’s how come she got that name.  It was because Molly Brown helped got people off the Titanic when it was sinking, and then when she was in one of the lifeboats (they put her in Lifeboat 6), she grabbed hold of a oar and told everybody they had to go back and save more people.  Some people didn’t want to go back because they were scared (and I would have been way scared, too, if that happened to me).

Then when the Carpathia came hours and hours later to save people, Molly Brown helped people that were survivors from the Titanic.  Just so you know, she was born in Hannibal, Missouri in 1867 so she was 45 years old when she was on the Titanic, so she wasn’t grandma old but she was more than mom old.

The presentation was about the life jackets and the survivors.

I learned a lot about the tennis star that was going to America to attend Harvard.  I learned a lot about the lady that played the violin with her sisters.  I learned a lot about the Colonel that wrote a book about the night the Titanic sank.  I learned a lot about the conductor of the orchestra and the musicians that were part of his group.

But most of all, I learned a lot about how things in the past have a very long-lasting effect on people, and how important it is to remember people that survive and people that pass, because as long as you remember all of them, they live forever in your heart.

I think everybody needs to go to the Titanic Museum when the life jackets get there on July 1, and find out about all the people that were on the Titanic when it was trying to get to America.  Maybe it will make you sad (probably it will) but it will also make you appreciate everybody you love.

 

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