The reviews are in (well, my review), and all the critics (me) agree that this years Planksgiving Pageant (directed, produced and written by me) was a resounding success!
This year’s pageant followed the usual script. Reverend Mayfair played our town’s founder, Cyrus Lavinius Jeremiah Jones, who heroically fed the people of BlueBell in the wake of a devastating hurricane. Tom Long and Cody Strong played the seemingly fiendish but ultimately kind-hearted pirates that helped Cyrus Lavinius catch enough fish to feed the whole town. Wanda Lewis co-starred as Esmeralda, a role of my own creation, the saucy pirate wench that captures the hearts of BlueBell’s men with a sultry song.
Other original songs included “I am Cyrus Lavinius Jeremiah Jones,” “Thanks for these Planks,” and “Other Fish to Fry.” In the latter, the cast members actually fried fish onstage and fed them to the audience!
Other interactive elements were added to the show this year, inspired by last year’s treasure hunt for the Hilson family. Bits of “treasure” were hidden throughout town square, and lucky winners were invited to take a picture with the members of the cast!
Members of the town approached after the show for quotes were clearly overwhelmed and breath taken by what they had just seen. “I thought it was really great,” said Tom Long. While I stared at him, he added, “Really, really great.”
“Best show I’ve ever seen,” said resident Earl Kinsella, whose usual moniker of Crazy Earl does not apply here.
“To me it seemed like the same music from the Gilbert & Sullivan revue with the words changed to be about Planksgiving,” said Eugenia Todd, who obviously knows nothing about the nuances of musical theater.
Auditions for next year’s Planksgiving Pageant will commence tomorrow afternoon in Town Square. All roles are currently open, though maybe I’ll take a crack at CLJJ this year! Who knows? What I do know, is that this year’s will be hard to top. Though I say that every year, and always pull it off…