Missy Barrett's Adventures

The amazing adventures of a fictional child

Grin And Bear It

There’s this movie I really like watching a lot and it’s called “Forrest Gump” and in the movie there’s this scene where Forrest Gump says, “Momma always said life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re going to get.” That’s true about a lot of things, and especially true of the Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre production, “Lady Fanny’s Nitwit Review.”

There’s so much going on with this show it’s sometimes hard for a kid like me to catch everything, and sometimes when I miss something, it’s okay because there’s something totally out there coming up real fast that’s going to make you laugh superly hard.  So don’t worry if you don’t get one of their jokes or miss one of the hit-and-run on-stage gags (no audience or cast members are harmed in the hit-and-run gags) because it’s pretty wild and crazy fun going on up there on the Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre stage.

In the past, I always gave the Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre shows star rankings but this one won’t be getting a star ranking. Instead it’s getting a 5-bear rating, and that has to do with a running gag you’re going to want to see yourself so you can understand that a 5-bear rating is a excellent rating.

There’s doctor fun with patients coming and going, and Walter is going to be someone that sticks with you way long after you leave the theater. Who’s Walter? Go see the show and you’ll find out pretty fast. You might even wind up learning some of the moves Walter knows.

Every Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre show has at least one nod to a Shakespeare play and even if you saw Chris MacPherson‘s one-man “Romeo and Juliet” show last season, this season it’s an expanded cast version. You need to watch for the balcony scene especially, and also the dying scene.

And if you’re a fan of the singalong segment of every Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre show, you’ll be happy to hear the singalong segment still happens in this show. What song you have to sing is one you probably remember hearing even if you don’t know all the words, so sing along anyway and have boatloads of fun singing the wrong (and the right) words.

Usually I say a lot about everything that happens at a show, but the problem with me doing that is it kind of means you don’t have to go to the show to know what’s going on at the show.  This time I decided to keep my review newspaper short.

If I say too much more about the show, I’m going to give it all away so instead here’s a collage of the show me and my mom went to (and plus, pretty much everyone that’s a local homeschooler parent and student that also knows Gloria Cloteal Secaur and Jody Secaur of Sevier County Homeschoolers of Tennessee).

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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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