Don’t like country music? Light-hearted British humor more your style? Looking for the unusual? Here’s a list: improv, vaudeville, Monty Python-esque, sing-along, slapstick. Most of all, do you like to laugh? You have found the right place in Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre.
The venue’s founding owners, Don and Pat MacPherson, met as performers in Las Vegas in the 1960’s, and later married. Their extensive arts background resumes (like London’s Royal Ballet and Boston Conservatory of Music), lent professional underpinnings that have supported the long run of successful shows that have made the theatre a Gatlinburg institution. This family-owned stage show now includes the next generation of family performers. The audience also includes second generation members, as fans return each season, and now bring their own children to enjoy the productions.
Since 1977, this Gatlinburg home has premiered over 30 original musical comedies. Each year two original title shows are offered. This season presents:
“The Son of the Musketeers”, a 3-part musical with a comedic play, sing-along and musical revue and “Malarky”, a vaudeville-style musical revue with songs, sketches, and audience participation.
The historic theatre is small and intimate (under 200 seats), and the company bills its style as “1890’s music hall”. This is not a place where you can go incognito: there’s always a risk of being called out if you are not participating when required. My personal tip: Show No Fear, or you will be found. They can smell it.
On the flip side, should you really desire to be selected for onstage, choose an aisle seat or the first few rows of seats (ask when making reservations). Be aware that any laughter at your expense is light-hearted fun, not insulting barbs.
Even after all these years, the Paper Dance can still make me snort laughing. So, after enjoying the scenic views from the deck of your Gatlinburg rental cabin
, choose to be a part of the comic mayhem scene occurring nightly at Sweet Fanny Adams. Enjoy!