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The Monster of Magnesia Springs
By Larry Mixson

Magnesia Springs Pool
Junior family in the Magnesia Springs Pool, 1998

My mother's family, the Juniors, for many years would have yearly family gatherings.   In 1998 the gathering was at Magnesia Springs which my uncle Gary Junior had bought and restored.  Magnesia Springs had a long history (see history) as being a place to go to in the hot summers of Florida to cool off in the spring waters.  As a child our family would make the trip which was a short ride outside of Gainesville.  The thing I remember most about Magnesia Springs is that one summer while at the springs I was running around the pool, slipped and got a cut across my eyebrow and had to be taken to the emergency room to have stitches.

As we sometime did for family reunions, this year had a theme, a play titled "The Monster of Magnesia Springs".  The play was written by my aunt Carole and each family member had a role.  The weeks before the reunion each family member was told what their part was and to come with a costume for the character.   We were only told what the character was like "reporter", "scientist", "preacher".   Each role in some way reflected something about that person but we were told nothing more.  I, being always interested in science so I played the "scientist".  My brother David who works as a postman played the "postman".  My brother-in-law, Tom, who was a minister played the "preacher".  And so it went with each family member. 

The day of the reunion I got in the car with my parents, and like we did so many years before, we traveled out to Magnesia Springs.  In the first hour or so the members of the family arrived and greeted each other and caught up on the latest family news.  After everyone had arrived Aunt Carole announced how it would work.  Just before each scene you would be notified if you were in it and to get into your costume and report for filming.  We still had no idea what we were to say or to do. 

Filming begin and by watching the filming we quickly learned how it worked.   You reported for your scene and were positioned in spot and told briefly what the scene was about and what you were expected to do.  No one had lines but, rather, it was narrated by my uncle Cork.  As Cork narrated the scene you were to listen to what he said and act your part.   As it says on the title page,

“You better have a sense of humor if your going to be in this family.”

for each role had comic or humorous aspect to it which you did not discover until you heard it in the narration.  The thing about it was, the aspect, in some way had a thread of truth to it.

The following script I transcribed from the original video. 

I hope you enjoyed it as much as the Junior family had in making it.   


Larry Mixson, January 18, 2009

NOTE: As you read the play there will be information icons like this   Clicking on the icons will display additional information about the character or point in the play.

The Original Video of "The Monster of Magnesia Springs" is available on DVD
from me, Larry Mixson