Archive for Wednesday, June 19, 2002

Annie Get Your Gun’ marks Baldwin City Theatre’s 11th summer production

June 19, 2002

Combine a backwoods girl, an ace marksman, a traveling wild west show and several Irving Berlin songs and the final product is this year's Baldwin City Theatre's musical.

"Annie Get Your Gun," the tale of Annie Oakley who joins Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show and falls in love with Frank Butler, the star of the traveling show, starts Friday and runs through next week.

"It's a real traditional musical," Noelle Fox, publicity coordinator, said. "It's very lighthearted. The characters are fun for both kids and adults."

The 11th annual summer theater production, directed by Dan O'Connell, features a variety of characters, which Fox said are played well by the cast comprised of local and surrounding area people.

"The characters are so well cast," she said. "They just add so much to the parts. You get to really know the characters."

She said one of the show's many standouts is Terry Thoelke, Gardner, who is featured in the lead role of Annie Oakley.

"Terry does a great job portraying Annie," she said. "People will fall in love with her voice and her character. You're pulled into Annie because you like her so much."

But Fox said the cast isn't the production's only charm. The musical features several of Berlin's songs including "There's No Business Like Show Business," "Anything You Can Do" and "You Can't Get a Man With a Gun."

"All the show tunes in "Annie Get Your Gun" are all-time favorites," she said.

The musical, she said, will appeal to people of all ages.

"Picking shows for the whole family is one of our main goals," she said. "We want to make it entertaining for the whole Baldwin community, which is why we typically choose traditional musicals."

Show times for "Annie Get Your Gun" are at 8 p.m. and run Friday through Tuesday and June 27-29 at the outdoor theater, Eighth and High streets, next to the post office. June 26 is the scheduled rain date. There is a free performance for senior citizens at 8 p.m. Thursday.

Tickets, which will be sold at the door when it opens one hour before the production, are $7.50 for adults and $5 for children 12 years of age and younger. Children younger than 3 years old are free. Advance tickets are available at Baldwin State Bank for 50 cents less.

Those attending need to bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating.

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