Last night, friday, May 15, was the opening night of a three day, four performance "world tour" of Father John Heagle and younger brother Larry's "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother" in Wausau, Wisconsin, at the beautiful Wausau East auditorium, which has some 900 seats.
The show, described in a short new story in the Wausau newspaper as "The Smothers Brothers Meets Up with Lake Woebegone" was well received by a less than full house of some 43 people.
Still in all, everyone, audience and performers alike, came away with a great feeling of warmth and camaraderie. It was a chance to run the show with a lot less pressure than the brothers will find the rest of the run as they appear tonight at the Heyde Center for the Arts in Chippewa Falls to a completely sold out house and then proceed to Menomonie for two sold out shows at the beautiful Mabel Tainter theatre.
John arrived at the Minneapolis airport on last wednesday and that evening and all of thursday was spent in rehearsing the music and dialogue of the show.
This morning, saturday, May 16, Deb Johnson, director of the Heyde Center in Chippewa e mailed and said that they were still getting deluged with telephone calls with people looking for tickets.
The good news is that sunday night's fnal performance will be video taped by a professional two camera crew and eventually there will be a DVD available online through this web site as well as several short segments on YouTube.
Thanks to all the great people that showed up last night in Wausau. Both John and I had a chance to visit with everyone and that made it really extra special.
HERE'S A STORY YOU WON'T BE HEARING IN THE SHOW
The #2 pencil...
The value of a Catholic education and a #2 pencil You don't even have to be Catholic to appreciate this one.
Little Mary Margaret was not the best student in Catholic School . Usually she slept through the class.
One day her teacher, a Nun, called on her while she was sleeping. "Tell me Mary Margaret, who created the universe?"
When Mary Margaret didn't stir, little Johnny who was her friend sitting behind her, took his pencil and jabbed her in the rear.
"God Almighty!" shouted Mary Margaret.
The Nun said, "Very good" and continued teaching her class.
A little later the Nun asked Mary Margaret, "Who is our Lord and Savior?"
But Mary didn't stir from her slumber. Once again, Johnny came to her rescue and stuck Mary Margaret in the butt.
"Jesus Christ!!!" shouted Mary Margaret and the Nun once again said,"Very good," and Mary Margaret fell back asleep.
The Nun asked her a third question...."What did Eve say to Adam after she had her twenty-third child?"
Again, Johnny came to the rescue. This time Mary Margaret jumped up and shouted, "If you stick that damn thing in me one more time, I'll break it in half!"
The nun fainted