Hey, sorry, I've been neglecting you guys -- for a good six months it looks like!
It's been about 10 years now since I performed as "The Great and Powerful Trixie" in Second Life. I wanted a role that didn't tie me down, and didn't rely on other players to work. The show was successful, and Trixie performed in most of the existing MLP-based sims of the time. I ran two tours covering 3 or 4 years, with the last few shows adding some extra tricks.
The show evolved over the years, too, as I learned how to make the audience react correctly. Performing in Second Life is a different beast than real life - people have different expectations. For instance, I had two spots where someone needed to get on stage... originally I tried to get volunteers and pick on. But, this took a very long time. So eventually, I just revealed the sit object, and told them "first one there gets it". ;) And, many times, people were told they had to behave during the show or be ejected. So in the appropriate places, I added explicit permission to get loud and make noise.
I might add some specific pictures later. I know pictures would add a lot, but I don't have pictures of every effect.
The basic premise of the show is a travelling magician, "The Great and Powerful Trixie". She's a unicorn of mid-range magical talent, but a love of stage magic. As such, she hauls her caravan from town to town, performing for tips (at least in my case).
The the show, she was introduced as a braggart who so offended the town that they wrote her off - all but two dim-witted ponies who lured a massive beast to the town to see Trixie fight it off, as she had bragged she could. Her magic was laughably inadequate, but Twilight Sparkle managed the feat, embarrassing Trixie and setting up a long term rivalry. But there was an often overlooked spark in this introduction... despite knowing that her stories were just stories, and despite knowing she had nothing in her magical arsenal that could harm the beast, Trixie still tried to save the town. She lost her caravan and she lost her reputation, but she didn't run away from the challenge. That was why I latched onto her as a favorite character.
Speaking specifically about the show, her magic show was never really shown to be very much. Only hopping on stage and bragging. I decided to create a real show, keep some of the character, and try to be entertaining. The first thing I needed to build was the caravan itself. Both home and stage, in the show it was demonstrated to transform on the fly. Making it do this was tricky, but I pulled it off and it made the first step in the show, as objects in SL rarely perform such feats. In addition, I kept the overlap of objects inside minimal, so when it was closed, it was believable that it all fit inside.
Then she fired magical beams at the two ponies on stage, transforming them into fully realized versions of Nightmare Moon and Daybreaker, the evil versions of the Princesses. (For this, I had friends play the additional roles). This ended the show with the Nightmares in charge, and was a surprise twist that nobody seemed to expect. I had hoped to repeat this show, but it turned out to be a one time thing.