Show aims for classic Wild West fun


Tomorrow, an upbeat article of Americana opens at Anne Arundel Community College's Pascal Center for the Performing Arts when Moonlight Troupers' 25-member cast brings history to life in Irving Berlin's Annie, Get Your Gun.

The musical tells the story of Annie Oakley, the sharp-shooting country girl who joined Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show and became famous for her marksmanship, beating vaudevillian-sharpshooter Frank Butler in competition.

If those three characters are legends, so is Berlin. The composer of "White Christmas" and "God Bless America" wrote some of his best songs for what became his biggest hit show. Opening on Broadway in 1946, Annie, Get Your Gun introduced now-standard songs "There's No Business Like Show Business," "Doin' What Comes Naturally," "They Say It's Wonderful" and "Anything You Can Do."

"We chose this show because it's so much fun and we have a young cast with both the energy and talent to do it justice," says the director of the Moonlight Troupers production, Barbara Marder, associate professor of theater arts.

As for the show's romantic angle, Marder said that "the love-hate relationship between Annie and Frank is a genuine love story, with their happy marriage lasting almost 50 years."

The production stars Katie Bowerman as Annie Oakley and David Jennings as Frank Butler. Art Hall plays Buffalo Bill, George Johnson portrays Wild West Show manager Charlie Davenport, Jessica Hyman plays Dolly Tate, Tim plays Sitting Bull, Darrell Conley portrays Pawnee Bill and Eric Teach plays Mac.

Tickets are $10 for general admission, $9 for senior citizens and groups, and $8 for AACC students and employees. Performances are at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and at 2 p.m. Sundays, this week and Nov. 16-18. Information: box office, 410-777-2457.

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