Irving Berlin’s Annie Get Your Gun will open Bellevue Society for the Arts’ 21st season Fridays and Saturdays, September 18, 19, 25 and 26 at 7:30 p.m., and Sundays, September 20 and 27 at 2:30 p.m. in The Hirt Theater at 205 Maple Street, Bellevue. Annie Get Your Gun is sponsored by The Bellevue Hospital.
Annie Oakley (Laura Horn, Bellevue) was born Phoebe Ann Moses on August 13, 1860 near Woodland (now Willowdell), Ohio in Darke County, and she’s the best shot around! She manages to support her little brother and sisters by selling the game she hunts. When she’s discovered by Col. Buffalo Bill (Ed Kennedy, Clyde), he persuades the novel sharpshooter to join his Wild West Show. It only takes one glance for her to fall head-over-heels for dashing shooting ace Frank Butler (Sam Waugaman, Sandusky), who headlines the show. She soon eclipses Butler as the main attraction which, while good for business, is bad for romance. Butler high-tails it off to join a rival show, his bruised male ego leading the way, but is pitted against Annie in a final shoot-out.
Featured cast members include Bellevue residents Nathan Shanaman as Little Boy, Joshua Higgins as Yellow Foot/Porter, Ashton Stombaugh as Mac, Keith Robinson as Foster Wilson/Wild Horse/Mr. Clay, Logan Buck as Little Jake, John Ball as Conductor/Mr. T.L.C. Keefer, Jacob Ellis as Waiter, Bill Musser as Chief Sitting Bull/Mr. Schuyler Adams, Cathy Schaffer as Mrs. Schuyler Adams, Ted Ball as Dr. Percy Ferguson, Jen Walker as Mrs. Percy Ferguson, John Meyers as Mr. Ernest Henderson, and Ellie Stuck as Ms. Sylvia Potter-Porter.
From Clyde: Dwayne Arnold as Charlie Davenport, Simon Arnold as Iron Tail/Pawnee’s Messenger, Lily Arnold as Nellie, Emily Kennedy as Jessie, Autumn Lindstrom as Minnie, Sarah Stamm as Mrs. Black Tooth, Jodie Fleming-Arnold as Mrs. Yellow Foot, and Nick Taylor as Footman.
From Norwalk: Sarah Christophel as Mrs. Little Horse/Mrs. Ernest Henderson.
From Republic: Samantha Walker as Little Girl, and Xavier Walker as Indian Boy.
From Sandusky: Aaron Lee Stewart as Major Gordon Lillie a.k.a. Pawnee Bill.
From Tiffin: Beth Mattia as Dolly Tate.
Ensemble members from Bellevue include: Alexis Burns, Ralph Burns, Kay Ellis, Liesl Higgins, Vanessa Shanaman, Genesis Stombaugh, Kelsea Wright, and BreAnna Wyant.
From Clyde: Lottie Arnold, and Kalee Hemby.
From Fremont: Debbie Bowers, and Olivia Bowers.
Annie Get Your Gun features music and lyrics by Irving Berlin, and book by Herbert and Dorothy Fields. Notable songs include “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” “Doin’ What Comes Natur’lly,” “You Can’t Get a Man with a Gun,” “They Say It’s Wonderful,” and “Anything You Can Do.”
The original 1946 Broadway musical is loosely based on Oakley’s life. The production starred Ethel Merman, who also starred in the 1966 revival. A 1950 film version starred Betty Hutton. Some years after headlining the 1948 national tour, Broadway legend Mary Martin returned to the role for a 1957 NBC television special that also featured John Raitt as Frank Butler.
Jimy Foreman of Whites Landing directs the classic musical. Marianne Webb, Bellevue, serves as Music Director. Marty Siegel, Bellevue, assists the director. Jenny Oney, Bellevue, is Stage Manager.
Tickets are $12 for adults 18+, and $8 for adults 60+/children/students through grade 12. Call 419-484-ARTS (2787) for reservations beginning Friday, September 4.
Annie Get Your Gun is produced by special arrangement with the Rodgers and Hammerstein Organization (rnh.com).
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