Christmas at the
White House
The 2014 Christmas show is "Christmas at the White House".
Come with Sneak Peek Productions as we walk through the grandeur of
the White House at Christmas time. From Presidents past, we look at
decorations, trees and ceremony through pictures, words and music.
If you want to experience an old-fashioned American Christmas, this is
the show for you.
Dolley Madison
Remembers
Of the early First Ladies in the United States, Dolley Madison, wife of
James Madison, fourth President of the United States, has been
considered the most colorful. In her eight years in Washington, D.C.
(1809-1817), she made the President's Mansion a delightful place to visit.

Dolley Madison Remember Friends and Foes is the first program in
what I hope will be a series of topics. Dolley Madison met 12 American
Presidents and their wives, inventors, politicians and visiting European
royalty. She helped lay the cornerstone of the Washington Monument,
was threatened by the invading British in 1812, and was accused of
having not one, but two affairs. You will hear her personal memories of
George Washington, Francis Scott Key and more. America's living
legend, Dolley Madison will regale you with little known stories of the
famous and in the infamous.
Crime and
Punishment
Colonial Americans did not have HBO, bowling or shopping malls. So
what did they do for sport and entertainment? Well, they spied on their
neighbors, of course! We examine punishments for law-breakers and the
tools used to carry out these punishments. Everyone in the audience is a
criminal, so BEWARE, and sneak a peek into punishments, colonial style,
if you DARE. Not advised for audiences with young children.
First Ladies, Part I
& II
Although it's the President of the United States who runs for office, his
wife also becomes a very public figure, often times, to her dismay.
Many a First Lady has shed a tear or two upon learning of her husband's
election victory. This show looks at the personal trials, triumphs and
private details of our very public First Ladies. This topic is broken into
two separate shows. First Ladies Part I is Martha Washington to
Frances Clara Cleveland. Part II is Ida McKinley to Michelle Obama.
The Dressing Room
Today, if you see a person walking down the street in a white lab coat,
what profession do you assume they practice? A doctor, of course. But
how would you recognize a physician in the 1600s? What were
"Burberry" or "Versace" in the 1850s? You can tell so much about a
person by the way they dress. Take a walk down the runway with
Sneak Peek Productions and learn how to differentiate between the
haves and the have-nots. Audience members will be clothed in period
fashions from 1550-1900.
*This show is a slightly higher fee than normal due to the HUGE
amount of labor in moving all the gowns, accessories, shoes
, etc...*
The Greatest Show
on Earth
Close your eyes. Envision what it would look like if the world's greatest
achievements and inventions were collected in one place. In 1893, this
vision was realized at the Chicago World's Fair. Let Sneak Peek
Productions transport you to a world of wonder filled with light,
treasures and forbidden delights.
The Jewelry Box
**NEW**
The Victorians loved their jewelry, both men and women. Jewelry was
used to send secret messages through the use of carefully selected
stones and symbols, mourn for the departed using jet stones and human
hair, and of course, display wealth and status. New materials and
traditional standards were on parade in the Victorian world of "The
Jewelry Box".
**This show will be available after May 1, 2014**
Legends and Lies
Test your knowledge of historical myths and tall tales in this interactive
program for all ages. For example, True or False. As late as 1892 in
Rhode Island, a suspected vampire was exhumed and the heart removed
and burned. If you said "True" you just might do well in "Legends and
Lies" and win some fabulous prizes.
Say What?
**NEW**
This interactive game-style show will be exploring the phrases we say
and where these phrases developed. For instance, you might have heard
the phrase "balls to the walls". The original meaning is not as colorful as
the modern interpretation. A flyball governor, a control device to gauge
RPM on simple machines such as waterwheels or steam engines, had
balls on top. The faster the governor turned, the faster the balls spun.
Centrifugal force made the balls rotate higher and outward, closer to the
wall, hence "balls to the walls". So, come play with Sneak Peek
Productions and see if you know when it's "cold enough to freeze the
balls off a brass monkey".
**This show will be available after March 15, 2014**
Oh Baby, It's Cold
Outside
Throughout history, people have fought the elements for survival, and
became quite inventing doing it. Surviving long cold winter days and
nights was not just about a fire in the fireplace. It involved special
clothing and tools which carried warmth wherever people traveled, from
the carriage to church to bed. And how about boredom during the long
winter imprisonment? What did adults and children do to fight the drag
of snow-bound time? Let's take a peek into the world of winter in
history. This is a great show for Christmas.
Under the Petticoats
Have you ever wondered about the day-to-day lives of our Colonial
ancestors? Were the good old days really that good? Exactly how did
one use a chamber pot? How many skirts did one woman wear at a
time? How often did they bathe? For answers to these and other
fascinating questions, schedule some time peeking Under the Petticoats.
Unsinkable
April 15, 2014 marks the 102nd anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic.
How much do you really know about the Titanic? If your knowledge
comes from movies or romantic books, you might be in for a surprise.
For instance, it wasn't just the iceberg that helped to sink the Titanic. But
don't let the tragic end of the world's largest ocean liner overshadow its
extravagance.
Travel with Sneak Peek aboard the luxurious floating palace that was the
Titanic. Fair warning, though. Each audience member will become one
of the Titanic's passengers or crew. Some will survive and some will not.
Victorian Tea Party
Travel back to the gentle and refined Victorian Age by attending a
Victorian Tea party. You supply the tea and cakes and I’ll supply the
calling cards, language of the flowers and etiquette lessons. This is one
afternoon which promises to entertain and educate. For food and serving
suggestions, please click
here.
Victorian Christmas
The Victorian spirit of Christmas is alive and well in today's modern
Christmas traditions. Christmas trees, an orange in your stocking and
holiday cards are quaint gifts from the past.
This show will warm your heart and rekindle the belief in the magic of
Christmas.
Holiday Tales
Storytelling at its best. Heartwarming tales for the holiday season as told
by a Victorian Lady. Stories appropriate for all ages and groups.
Witches
"Witches" will look at witchcraft through history from the perspective of
the accused and the accusers, with that special Sneak Peek twist, of
course. Audience members may just find themselves accused of
witchcraft and a trial may break out at any moment!
Current Programs
I do have shows which are by special request only. These include "The History of Sex &
Prostitution"
and "Weddings Unveiled". These shows include adult content and as such, will
require a conversation prior to booking. If you are interested in either of these shows, please
feel free to
contact me.
Sneak Peek Productions
"Sneaking a Peek into History"
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