Archive for Wednesday, June 26, 2002

Annie Get Your Gun’ hits bullseye

June 26, 2002

There's no business like show business, at least according to the cast of "Annie Get Your Gun."

After a week of performances, Kathy Davis, the musical's producer, said the Baldwin City Theatre production has been a success.

"They've just been going great," Davis said of the performances. "They get increasingly better each night."

The 11th annual summer theater production, "Annie Get Your Gun," is 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. The musical features several of Irving 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."

The production, which is directed by Dan O'Connell, features a variety of characters played by people from Baldwin and the surrounding areas including Terry Thoelke, Gardner, who plays the lead role of Annie Oakley and Jeff Darrington who plays her love interest, Frank Butler.

Davis said about 150 people have taken advantage of the good weather and attended the musical each night.

"We've gotten a good reception," she said. "They love it. They say I think it's the best performance you've ever done."

She said the musical would not be the success it is without help from the staff, the back stage help, the orchestra and a lot of volunteers.

"Annie Get Your Gun" continues Thursday through Saturday nights at 8 p.m. at the outdoor theater, Eighth and High streets, next to the post office.

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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