ELO's sharp shooting musical
Published: 22 Nov 2012 13:000 comments
Rebecca Cullen is playing the part of Annie Oakley and Vincent Ryan is playing Frank Butler.
Other principal players in this year's show include Brenda Swift who played Nancy, Martin Donnelly who played Mr Bumble and Rory McCarney who played Mr Sowerberry in Oliver! in 2011.
The musical features the catchy songs "There's No Business Like Show Business" and "You Can't Get a Man with a Gun"?
This edition of Annie Get Your Gun is set as a "show within a show" in a travelling circus. Buffalo Bill tells the story of how two big shooting matches turned into three unlikely love matches. As well as on/off romantic affair between Annie and Frank, Frank's assistant Dolly Tate sets her cap at Charlie Davenport the general manager of the show and Dolly's younger sister Winnie has a turbulent relationship with "half redskin" Tommy.
Buffalo Bill does not have the travelling show trade all to himself as a rival group, Pawnee Bill's Far East show is also on the journey to "set up shop" in similar locations and naturally they try to outdo each other. After many difficulties will Annie, using her feminine wiles manage to show Frank that their marriage could really be "made in heaven?"
Rehearsals for the show are in full swing, the set is being built by Damian McGirr and his team and the finishing touches will be put to it by artists Trevor and Denise Vance. Many familiar faces will be seen on the stage this year as well as new members.
Annie Get Your Gun is directed by Maura Logue from Donegal, local woman Helen Hamill is the Musical Director who has a treat in store with her orchestra. Choreography is by Suzanne Byrne also based in the North West.