Annie Oakley Shoots Her Way Onto The Stage Tonight, Saturday At OVHS
When Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show hits Spencer, you’re likely to see some familiar faces– and to hear some familiar songs. The Wild West Show appears as part of Owen Valley High School’s upcoming presentation of the musical “Annie Get Your Gun.”
In the first act, Frank Butler (played by Caleb Brinson) is the Wild West Show’s handsome star. He and the company open the play with “There’s No Business Like Show Business.” Annie (Stephanie Johnson) comes on the scene and explains her skills and her plain, tomboyish ways with the song “Doin’ What Comes Natur’lly.” Annie falls for the confident Frank right away, but he explains that he likes girls who wear satin and cologne in “The Girl That I Marry.” Annie’s response? “You Can’t Get a Man with a Gun.”
Buffalo Bill (Logan Bowman) and Charlie Davenport (Jonathan Carey), the Wild West Show’s manager, recruit Annie. Although she has no idea what’s involved in “show business,” she agrees to join to be near Frank. The whole cast explains to Annie that “There’s No Business Like Show Business.”
As the two sharpshooters work together, Frank comes to admire Annie and her ways. He is used to being the star of the show, however, and when Annie’s shooting upstages him, he walks out and joins a competing show led by Pawnee Bill (Elijah Britton).
In the second act, The Wild West Show tours Europe, and Annie is a star! All the rulers of Europe honor her with sharpshooting medals. In spite of that, however, the show goes broke, as does Pawnee Bill’s. Annie decides to sell her medals to finance a merger of the two shows. She expresses her appreciation of life’s simple pleasures with “I Got the Sun in the Morning.”
When Annie and Frank meet at a grand reception, they declare their love for each other and agree to marry. But again Frank’s pride suffers when he sees Annie’s medals and hears of her plan to fund the merger. The wedding is off!
But wait! There’s nothing like a little competition. And the audience learns from “Anything You Can Do” that both Frank and Annie are competitive. So they arrange one last shooting contest. Attend the OVHS performance to see how it all comes out.
“Annie Get Your Gun” will play Friday and Saturday, April 20 and 21, at 7:30 p.m. in the OVHS auditorium. Admission is $6.
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