Missy Barrett's Adventures

The amazing adventures of a fictional child

Deck The Halls With Ollie’s Festive Follies

It was snowing outside when everybody left Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre last night but that wasn’t weird because it’s December and this is the Great Smoky Mountains!  What was weird, in a superly funny way, was that earlier on, it was (fake) snowing inside Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre for one of the skits that was part of “Ollie’s Follies.”  Who knew snow could be so hilarious, even if it’s fake snow?  I never knew.

The hardest part of reviewing this show is not giving away all the gags.  But right away off the top, I’m going to tell you it’s probably a good idea for you to bring some muscle liniment with you because your sides are going to be sore from laughing so hard even before the intermission, and that’s for real, not just one of those things a review person writes to be dramatic.  After I saw “Ollie’s Festive Follies” my sides were sore from laughing way hard and pretty much with no stopping except for some parts that weren’t laughing parts.

Pretty much the whole show was brand new skits with a couple exceptions and those exceptions happened because the repeated skits are skits that are loved so much like watching “A Miracle On 34th Street” or “It’s A Wonderful Life.”  It’s just not Christmas unless you get to see those skits.  But that doesn’t mean there aren’t boatloads of new skits and song-and-dance numbers and singing because there is.

There’s this thing called pacing.  My big brother, Aaron (he’s in college) told me about it at supper before we went to see “Ollie’s Festive Follies.”  Basically pacing is how fast or slow a skit goes and how fast or slow a show goes when you put the skits together in a line-up.  This show has excellent pacing because some skits are wild and zany and crazy funny, and some skits are very heart touching and loving.  If I was a big New York City theater producer, I would want to have “Ollie’s Festive Follies” at my theater at Christmastime.  It’s a good thing I’m not a big New York City theater producer because part of the Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre magic is that it’s in Gatlinburg, not New York City.  But the show is that good.

The only joke I did not get was the thespian joke but my mom said that was okay because someday I will but everybody else in the theater laughed a lot when Tim Coleman and Chris Macpherson said it so I know it was funny even if I didn’t get the joke.

Also, I loved the costumes.  Some were superly beautiful like the long, sparkly dresses.  You can see them in the first montage below.  It’s the very first picture beside the “Ollie’s Festive Follies” poster picture.  If they have a extra one, maybe my mom can buy it for me and make it into my prom dress for when I get to high school because that’s how pretty they are.

Even the ugly dresses aren’t that ugly, even if it’s not a woman wearing it.  There was this teacher and my brother, Josh, said it reminded him of the teacher he had in Grade 2 and I think maybe it was a man dressed in a ugly dress because for sure it was not Emma or Stephanie or Jennifer.  Anyway, the teacher had these huge, humongous earrings except I really liked them a whole lot, so I’m going to make two pairs of earrings like that and give one pair to my Grandma Two Rivers for Christmas and one pair to my Grandma Barrett for Christmas.  I think they will love them so much they probably are going to wear them to fancy events they get to go to like any New Year’s parties maybe they’re going to with my two grandpas.  Everybody for sure would tell them they noticed their beautiful homemade earrings, and then they could tell everybody their earrings got made by me after I saw them at a Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre show.

So ya, there’s even lots of Christmas gift giving ideas at this show so how cool is that?

I separated the pictures I took to make two montages and there’s a reason for this.  There was way too much fun going on at this show to only have one picture montage.

In the second half of the show, the cast does a excellent version of “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens except they needed more actors so they picked two people from the audience to help out.  They were superly great at picking the right people because I think it was the best version of “A Christmas Carol” I ever saw — and I think I saw pretty much every single version including the one with Fonzie from the Happy Days television series and the version with a woman that didn’t make any sense to me when I watched it.  It was not too short and not too long a version, and it had everything in it and it was sad in some places and happy in other places.  Oh, and shiver, shivery in a few other places.

Now, this show is called “Ollie’s Festive Follies” and because it is, I want to point something out.  Words are magic but the most heart touching magic comes from Ollie who doesn’t say any words at all.  I don’t want to wreck the magic for you by explaining what I mean by that.  I just want you to go to the show and have Ollie’s magic touch your heart by itself.  When you go to the show, you’ll understand what I mean, and then you’ll get why I said that the most heart touching magic comes from Ollie who doesn’t say any words at all.

After writing a lot of reviews, I think I finally got the hang of things so I’m giving this show a 5 Christmas stocking rating.

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The Best Open House Ever

Yesterday it was the Open House at SMARM also known as Smoky Mountains Area Rescue Ministries.  I really love this place because they do a whole of to help people that need help in our community.  This summer, two of my parties raised some money for SMARM, and Mr. Wellons (he’s the Executive Director of SMARM) said every little bit of money helps because it comes from the heart.  And you know what their thrift shop is called?  Treasures from the Heart!  How cool is that?

All of the photos that are part of this blog entry got taken by somebody at SMARM, and they posted it on their Facebook page just so you know that these are not my pictures.  I forgot to bring my camera when my mom and me went to their Open House on Tuesday.

When we got there, we saw this beautiful balloon entrance at their front door.

It says Welcome on the window so I really felt welcome, but when the balloons aren’t there, the window still says Welcome and that’s because SMARM is a place that always welcomes people.  It doesn’t matter if you have a bazillion dollars or zero zip dollars, SMARM always says Welcome to everybody that goes in their office.  So if you want to help SMARM help people in our community, you’re Welcome.  If you’re a people in our community and you need help, you’re Welcome.  If you’re downtown and you get mixed up about the direction to go to get to where you want to be and you accidentally go to SMARM, you’re still Welcome.  So that means everybody is always Welcome even if you don’t exactly know how you got to SMARM in the first place.

Anyway, when my mom and me walked in, Mr. Wellons waved at me and smiled, and said, “Hello, Missy.”  I said hello right back.  I really like Mr. Wellons because he has a superly big heart and he really cares about people.   Ms. Kelli made sure we have a program so we could go to all the “stations” at the Open House.  We went to all of them in the right order and every “station” had a sign that talked about what SMARM does to help people in our community.

The one I liked best was #6 because it let everybody know that when you buy something at their Treasures From The Heart store, 100% of the money (that means all of it) goes to help people that need help.    So when you buy a book for $1, all of that $1 is going to help someone, and when you buy a table and chair for $150, all of that $150 is going to help someone.  And look at the picture of everything that was at #6.  Everything is in superly great shape so you can just buy it and take it home and there you go, it doesn’t need any extra fixing or cleaning to just look great at your place!

Here’s another picture of some more excellent things you can buy at Treasures from the Heart.

I spent a lot of time in the library part of Treasures from the Heart because I just love books so much.  I had enough money with me to buy four books, and my mom bought some books, too, and plus some DVDs and some VHS tapes.  The library was #4 and it’s set up like a livingroom library with chairs and a table and book shelves like you find at your house probably.  I liked reading the poster at that “station” because it talked about feeding people hot meals and about giving them winter coats so they don’t freeze in the winter time.

So if you’re looking to buy some really great stuff for your house or apartment or cabin, or you want to surprise a friend with something neat, just go to Treasures from the Heart and see what they have on sale at their location.  If you feel like volunteering, just ask if you can talk to Mr. Wellons.  If you tell him what you’re good at, he can say what kind of volunteering they need and then there you go, you’re going to be a SMARM volunteer helping people in our community that need our help.

I talked with my mom after the Open House and asked her if we could volunteer for SMARM starting in 2019 and she said yes, so the next time we’re at Treasures from the Heart (probably next week for sure), we’re going to ask Mr. Wellons where SMARM needs us to help out at so we can do our bit to help SMARM help others.




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