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Totally Fun Producing 13 Shows For Six Flags Theme Parks Chain
By Tim O'Brian
When Bob Pitman, chairman of the Six Flags Theme Parks chain, wanted an action-packed stunt show for the 1991 season at one of his parks, he called Peter Alexander, president of the Totally Fun Company.
The "Robin Hood Stunt Spectacular" opened later that year at Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson, N.J. On the success of that one show, Pittman turned Alexander loose on creating an action stunt show based on the "Batman" movies. "The Batman Live Stunt Show" premiered at three parks for the 1992 season.
In 1993, those three shows were booked again, with two more Batman shows being added at other parks in the chain. In addition to those, Alexander created the "Dennis The Menace Screentest Show" for the 1993 season and it toured all seven Six Flags parks, playing limited engagements at each.
"We had six shows going in 1993", Alexander
told AB, noting that his company is producing a total of 13 shows at Six Flags
parks for the 1994 season. In
addition to the six from last season, he has added an updated version of the "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves Stunt Show" four new "Police Academy Goes To The Beach" stunt shows, and two new "Warner Rock Concert Shows".
Alexander and his company creates the shows and then
staffs and operates the
productions. This year, he has "more than" 300 actors and crew members on his payroll working the 13 shows at Six Flags. The big spot for the company this year is Six Flags Over Mid-America, Eureka, MO., where there are "more than 100 working the three shows" he said.
He signs up his actors during a 16-city audition tour each winter. Unlike most amusement park shows, Alexander rarely uses college students. "Our actors are a couple years beyond college" he explained. "Because our shows are stunt-based, we need older, more developed actors."
TOTALLY FUN GROUP
Prior to forming the Totally Fun Company, Alexander spent many years in the planning and development department of the Walt Disney Company, where he was instrumental in the inception and completion of EPCOT Center in Orlando and Tokyo Disneyland.
From there, he went to Universal Studios in Los Angeles and then Florida, where he was involved with several of the landmark rides, including Kongfrontation, E.T. Adventure, and Back to the Future.
He left Universal early in 1991 to form his own company,
bringing Jolie Kanat, Tim Macy and Danny Burzlaff aboard with him. Their first
project was the creation of the Nickelodeon TV Network's "Go For It"
and "Guts" game shows. Then they met with Six Flags officials and
a new alliance began.