The show is accurately billed as something you've never seen before. Unless, of course, you've seen an act where a man swallows nine swords at the same time, eats glass, breathes fire and then straps his wife to an electric chair to shoot 40,000 volts through her.
"What we do is real," Maybelle is quick to point out. "There is no magic, no illusions. That sets us apart.
"And all of it's laced with humor," she interjects with a big, teasing smile. "What you see is what you get. You will definitely walk away feeling Southern fried. People are afraid, unsure, scared and excited. We want people covering their faces and peeking through the fingers."
"They're going to see things that their minds will not believe," Captain Chris said.
That's when he pointed out how he and his wife get the audience involved in the act. "There's going to be a bug eating contest," he said with a grin that slowly turned into a wry smile. "Well actually, a Madagascar hissing cockroach eating contest. I'm going to make them spew," he said. All that was missing was the maniacal, evil laugh.
"Sponsored" by Professor Theodore Rose, a silver-tongued snake-oil salesman, the show began Friday at Six Flags Over Georgia. Each Saturday's and Sunday's performances are open to the public. There will be five shows a day on each weekend in October, and Friday, Oct. 26, and no two shows will be the same.
This is the fourth year that Captain Chris has performed at Six Flags but never with wife Maybelle and never in a show of his own.
"After last year's show I was extremely determined for us to get our own show," he said. "We worked a whole year on building our own props and creating something that they've never seen before."
After beating out more than 100,000 acts and making it to the quarterfinals of season six of America's Got Talent, the couple knew they had something special and would forever be a familiar brand name.
Both Captain Chris and Maybelle grew up in Douglasville and graduated from Douglas County High School, the Captain in 1992 and Maybelle in 1996. They have two children, Ava ,7, and Payton, 14. Their silver-tongued stage partner, Professor Theodore Rose, was in the first graduating class from Hiram High School.
Here's how Six Flags Over Georgia describes Fright Fest:
It’s thrills by day as the park offers family-friendly Halloween events during the daylight hours, including trick-or-treating, pumpkin painting, arts and crafts, spooky story time and fun surprises. Beware, though, as the sun sets and the park transforms for Fright by Night when evil creatures and spirits lurk around every corner.
Six Flags Over Georgia 2013 Season Passes are now on sale at the lowest prices of the year and provide unlimited visits for the rest of the 2012 season (including Fright Fest) and all of 2013.
Fright Fest runs weekends only Oct. 6 through 28. Operating hours for are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturdays and noon through 10 p.m. on Sundays. The park is also open 6 p.m. to midnight on Friday, Oct. 26. For more information about Six Flags Over Georgia visit sixflags.com/overgeorgia.