‘The noblest of art is that of making someone happy’
This was the quote that made me sit up on my sofa at the very end of the movie that everyone and his uncle was talking about some time ago, ‘The Greatest Showman’, for the simple reason that, for me, the words rang so true.
Ok! Ok! I know I’m a little (maybe, really) late to the party but I wanted to be sure this wasn’t a film people loved for just a month and then just forgot about. And so here we are, just over 2 years from its release and the phone is still ringing hot with requests for ‘The Greatest Showman’ themed events.
What is it about this film that has made people warm to it so much? (I mean apart from the obvious fact that it has the dishy Hugh Jackman & Zac Efron as its leading men and the knockout beauty that is Zendaya as Anne Wheeler). Surely there must be more than eye candy though to make people watch it again…and again…and again!
Whatever magic this wonderful film possesses there is no doubt there are few more captivating themes for your next event; even if your budget may not be able to secure high flying over Hugh & Zac!
For me personally, I loved the way this 19th century story was told through fantastic modern music & dance! I mean who doesn’t love this amazing soundtrack?! This blending of old and new is a method I often use when putting together our IT shows. Sometimes it’s challenging to achieve the right combination but if and when you get it right (like the movie does so well) then you have a truly magical performance.
Before beginning to conceptualise our own “TGS” themed show, I had a little dig about to see what goss I could get on Mr P.T Barnum.
I mean, prior to watching the film, all I knew about Barnam was the musical I had taken part in during my early teens. I performed this wonderful show during the summer holidays, in the early 90s, with an amateur dramatic group. To this day I’m totally proud of the fact that I learnt to juggle 3 balls for at least 30 secs which secured me a part in the production and which gave me so many fond memories.
Enough of the reminiscing though and back to this wonderful film which steered away from the traditional musical and consequently reached such a global audience and has since influenced so many themed events and shows.
Despite the story being imbedded in a bygone era, its message is one that is trending loud and clear with everyone in the 21st century. The right to be who are and live the life you want, without prejudice and judgement. In the immortal words of Lady Gaga ‘I’m on the right track baby, I was born this way’.
PT Barnum gave humans the right to be proud of themselves no matter their race , appearance or background. Narrow minded people (who saw Barnum’s entertainers as freaks) could stand aside, because in Barnum’s eyes these ‘outcasts’ were fabulous. Back in the day, Barnum was heavily criticised for making a buck or two off them and was seen as nothing more than an opportunist. But many forget that as a politician he served two terms in the Connecticut legislature in 1865 as a Republican for Fairfield, Connecticut. During this time, he argued before the legislature concerning the ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution which abolished slavery and involuntary servitude. In his own words: “A human soul, that God has created and Christ died for, is not to be trifled with. It may tenant the body of a Chinaman, a Turk, an Arab, or a Hottentot—it is still an immortal spirit”
Yes Barnum! You tell em! So in spite of his apparent lack of conscience when it came to profiteering from the outcasts of 19th society, Barnum genuinely cared about human rights.
Way before Christina told us we were “beautiful in every single way, no matter what they say”, long before Lady Gaga told us
“There’s nothing wrong with loving who you are, Cause he made you perfect, babe” and even before the famous ‘This is me’ from the film’s soundtrack, Barnum was pushing the “love yourself as you are” idea by hiring, celebrating and promoting ‘difference’. A true prophet in my book!
If you belong to a forward thinking organisation, as we do, choosing a theme for a forthcoming event should surely take into account the messages of today. With equal rights for men and women flying higher than we have ever seen, the #metoo issues highlighting sexual intimidation in the workplace, the rise in support for transgender, bi & gay rights and the gradual increase in dialogues around mental health issues, it seems appropriate nowadays to choose a theme for any event that attempts to encompass and celebrate our similarities as well as our differences. The aforementioned taboo issues, once so quickly swept into a dark corner, are now flood lit and out in the open and we IT people are thus striving for equality in every way in everything that we do.
Life is a circus and we have all joined up to it – so no matter what you’re celebrating at your event, with a theme like The Greatest Showman, it’s a celebration of everyone!
What we can provide for The Greatest Showman theme.
- We love working with the fantastic male dance duo named ‘Those Two Guys’ who perform a highly polished duet to ‘The Other side’ from the film’s soundtrack. The performance is based on the famous bar scene with Hugh Jackman & Zac Efron and is brilliantly choreographed by the boys with heaps of style and personality
- Our outstanding vocalists love to sing live so needless to say, ‘A million dreams’ is in their repertoire. Hearing this iconic song live makes for a spin tingling performance that you won’t forget.
- Getting the party started? We love to use the track ‘Circus’ by Britney Spears to get the crowd on the dance floor and of course as a nod to the theme. this track helps transition smoothly to the party part of the evening when we invite all your guests onto the dance floor to boogie the night away.
- So if you’re looking for something that is ‘of the moment’ and is sure to encompass all your guests no matter what their ‘leanings’, then look no further than a “Greatest Showman” themed event. We can guarantee that you won’t be disappointed and everyone will feel included, loved and happy to be alive!
Sometimes you just need to read something that has ‘sparkle’ written all over IT. Together with Fran & Kayleigh it’s my job to deliver twinkly tales of parties, events & amazing adventures to you all!
Love Tracy xxx