Missy Barrett's Adventures

The amazing adventures of a fictional child

Winning With Laughter

There are lots of ways to win at life.  Sometimes it’s the unexpected things in life that make you win.  Things like knowing when to let other people bring the win right to you.  Probably you’re wondering what I’m talking about.  I’m talking about how every time I see a new Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre show, I go home feeling like a winner because of how entertaining their shows are.  Just like their website says, it’s hilarious entertainment in the Smokies.

This review is about “The Biggest Little Show On Earth” and just like the poster says, it’s LIVE-ON-STAGE.  I don’t know why they had to put that on the poster because it would be silly to have the show not on stage and even sillier if it wasn’t live and the audience had to imagine a show was going on.  But it probably makes sense to other people, so I’m just going to say it’s a very good thing “The Biggest Little Show On Earth” is LIVE-ON-STAGE and even better that it’s a Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre show.

This show has some new (to me anyway) people alongside Christopher L. Sullivan, Chris MacPherson, and Stephanie Butters, and they’re Emma Lesniewski and Tim Coleman.  My brother Aaron says that Tim is a repeat comic offender so I think that means he’s been a Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre cast member from before and now he’s back.  That’s great because he’s superly hilarious just like the rest of the cast!  Everyone is so fantastic, and all the skits are side-splitting fall-down funny.  Emma is a brand new cast member and she’s superly hilarious, too.

I don’t want to give too much away in this review but I can tell you this:  There’s the very popular sing-a-long everyone loves (and we would all be sad if it got cut from any of the Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre shows), and there’s Ollie the Clown (it just wouldn’t be a Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre show if Ollie the Clown wasn’t part of the show).

One of the skits I really enjoyed a whole lot was the one-man show by Chris MacPherson.  It’s not the costume changes that makes the audience think he’s a bunch of different actors, it’s his acting and plus the faces he makes.  This is where he does a excellent job of being Dr. Frankenstein, Igor, a lady that works with him, and a surprise I can’t tell you because maybe that would wreck this bit for you.  Also, he plays himself, so that’s 5 different people all at the same time and you feel like it’s five different people, so just that part all by itself is a 5-star performance (one for each personality).  Yes, it really is that excellent of a piece.

There’s musical comedy from Christopher L. Sullivan and Stephanie Butters and Emma Lesniewski (that name is just crazy hard for me to remember how to spell right so everybody needs to learn how to say it right and spell it right so Emma doesn’t think people don’t like her because totally we love her).

There’s old-timey songs from Cole Porter (that’s what my one grandpa told me and he should know because he watched all the old-timey movies with song-and-dance men in them) and dancing that goes with those old-timey songs from Cole Porter.  I think I almost knew one of those songs they sang but I couldn’t remember all the words.  Maybe I was just remembering the old-timey fancy suits and top hats.

I laughed really hard when the school teacher character kept coming out on stage.  I was kind of scared but also kind of laughing too hard to not be scared.  I just hope that school teacher never substitute teaches at my school next year … or maybe ever.  But it would be okay if she substitute taught at my brother Josh’s high school because then it would be superly funny.

Also, there’s the “World Famous Classical Paper Dance” and if you never saw that before, I can tell you that even if you watch it with your hands in front of your face like my one grandma does, you’re still going to laugh really, really hard.

This show has a new announcing voice.  I’m used to hearing the lady with the beautiful accent announce skits and players, but this time it was this guy making the announcements.

I don’t know his name, but he sure looks like he belongs at Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre because his smile says he likes to laugh a whole lot, and that’s what Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre shows are all about:  Making people laugh a whole lot.

I rate this show a 35-star review.  That’s a 5-star for everyone in the cast, and bonus stars.  This is how it works out.

* 5 stars for all 5 of the cast members (25 stars)
* 5 bonus stars for the Frankenstein bit by Chris MacPherson
* 1 bonus star for the man selling tickets at the window
* 1 bonus star for the man selling popcorn
* 1 bonus star for the best popcorn ever
* 1 bonus star for the sound guy
* 1 bonus star for the announcing guy

And here’s the collage of pictures I put together for this show so you can get a idea of how much fun and how hilarious “The Biggest Little Show On Earth” is.  Probably you need to go online right now and get your tickets for the next show, so check out the link just below the collage.

Because there’s two shows happening at the Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre and plus the Jessica Jane Magic, Comedy, and Variety Show, just CLICK HERE to see the schedule so you get to see the show you want to go see.

In a couple more weeks, I’m going to write another review, and that’s going to be for “Lady Fanny’s Nitwit Revue” also playing at the Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre in Gatlinburg.

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Bwahaha Humbug!

You guys know how much I love going to great shows and how much I love doing fun stuff, so it’s no surprise that when I heard there was a new show at Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre in Gatlinburg, I just had to see “Bah Humbug!”  Last night, my whole family went to see this Christmas show and just like “Frolic: Something Amusing This Way Comes” and “Perfect Nonsense” this show did not disappoint me at all.

I would love to talk about everything in the show but because I don’t want to wreck the magic and merriment (thanks for that word, Grandpa Barrett), I’ll only mention a few amazing things about this show you need to go see between now and the end of the year.

First of all, it’s more like “Bwahaha Humbug” than “Bah Humbug” and that’s because The Great Victorian Amusement Company is totally focused on the “laugh and be merry part” of the show’s name.  Christopher L. Sullivan and Scott Johnson and Stephanie Butters bring a lot of talent and personality to everything they do.  Jennifer MacPherson-Evans (she’s the General Manager of Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre) and her brother Christopher MacPherson (the director of all the shows at Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre and plus he’s Ollie the Clown) are super awesome, too!

But it’s not just about laughing at silly skits and what my one grandma calls “oh oh humor.”  This show also has one part that made me cry, first because I was so sad for Ollie the Clown, and then because I was so happy for Ollie the Clown.  What is so amazing about the skit is that nobody says any words because it’s all done in mime style.  I almost ran up on stage to hug Ollie the Clown when he was sad because I didn’t want him to think he has zero zip friends.  I’m glad I didn’t because if I did, that might have messed up the mime because I talk … a lot.

They also did this song my Grandpa Barrett knows (don’t ask me how he knew all the words because I don’t know the answer to that) and they did it so well, I wish they had asked everyone in the audience to get up and march around the theater.  I guess they couldn’t do that because if we marched the way I wanted to, we would have to go out one of the entrances and come back in one of the exits, and that would just be silly.

There’s so much fun stuff packed in this show you will not even believe how hard you are laughing at everything from the “Nutcracker Suite” (I cannot spell the name of the man that wrote this because all I remember is it starts with the letter T but it sounded like ‘shy cow ski‘ to me when Scott said his name so I think the T part was another joking part of the show) to “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens.

Talking about “A Christmas Carol” that was amazing.  You probably already heard of one-act plays, right?  Well, this version is a one-man act and it was awesome and done excellently by Christopher MacPherson.

Stephanie Butters sang “Santa Baby” and she did a superly great job of it (she looked really beautiful in her costume, too, just so you know).

Talking about singing, you’re going to want to hold on to your sides when all of the actors perform “The 12 Days Of Christmas.”  Don’t say I didn’t warn you because I just did.  By the time you get to the five golden rings, you’re going to wonder what else could possibly happen in that song, and that’s even if you know all the words to the song!

SPOILER ALERT:  It’s so funny, you might forget to breathe, so remember to breathe.

Maybe it’s just me but I think Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre gets funnier every time they put on a new show.  Then again, I don’t think so because last night the place was almost completely packed and last night was a Thursday, not even a weekend night so lots of people agree with me about how funny these guys are.

I’m giving this show a 25-Star rating and that means all five people in the show put on a 5-Star performance (if I said it was a 5-Star rating that would mean everyone only gets 1 star each and all of them deserve their own 5-Star rating in my reviewer opinion).

If you’re looking for something really great to see with family and friends this holiday season, “Bah Humbug: Laugh and Be Merry” is the show to see!  Go to their website and reserve your tickets right now!  After you see the show, leave a great review on their Facebook page and tell all your friends about it so they can have boat loads of fun this holiday season.  Better yet, buy Sweet Fanny Adams Theater show tickets as Christmas presents for your friends and family.  They are going to love you so much for doing that.

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