It’s the big musical, the one that makes me think of ‘cast of thousands,’ or in our case, dozens at least, and it’s here only for a few short days. ‘Annie Get Your Gun,’ is Irving Berlin’s candy box treasure of a play about Annie Oakley, the sharpshooter in love with a showman.
It’s presented by the Warehouse Living Arts Center but because of its size is on stage at the Palace Theatre. Shows will be at 7:30 p.m. tonight, Friday and Saturday, with a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee.
‘Annie Get Your Gun,” is one of those classic musicals that people need to see. The musical numbers are as familiar, or should be, to anyone — ”No Business Like Show Business,” “I Got the Sun in the Morning,” and “Anything You Can Do,” being the biggies.
But it’s also one of those musicals, like “Oklahoma,” that has a subtler theme, created at a time when the country was going through some painful social growing pains. It’s almost sweet in its subtly, but that makes the play that much more nostalgic now.
The local production stars Zanada Schoppert as Annie Oakley, Todd Jones as the romantic lead, Frank Butler. Randy Jones is Buffalo Bill, Rick Herron is Foster Wilson, Rachel Williams plays Dolly Tate, the beautiful but despicable assistant to Frank, while Emily Hines plays Winnie Tate, the secondary romantic lead. Carroll Sigman is Chief Sitting Bull, and Luke Marrs is Tommy Keeler, the male secondary romantic lead.
In all, the cast includes 43 actors, and then there’s a live orchestra, led by David Timmerman, consisting of another 10 people, including Laurie Duke, Sandra Huffman, Sue Kidsworth, Les Grayson, Phillip More, Matt Hazelwood, Kristi Braly, Wanda Leudecke, and Caleb and Ralph Duke.
In other words, it’s one of those gifts of a lot of your neighbors to the community, and well worth the evening’s time.
Because it’s at the Palace, there are big elaborate backdrops which help set the scenes nicely, something not available on the smaller Warehouse stage. The costuming is awesome, although Carroll Sigman as Chief Sitting Bull, and Randy Jones as Buffalo Bill, got the coolest costumes in the show with lots of swinging fringe and headdresses.
There’s no question that Zanada’s voice is fantastic, and Todd holds up his end beautifully. I’d rather the sound was more amplified on some of the softer pieces, but that may be worked out by tonight.
Tickets are available by calling the Warehouse Living Arts Center box office at (903) 872-5421.
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