Annie Get Your Gun

Date 5th October 2012
Society Bolsover Drama Group
Venue The Bolsover School
Type of Production Musical
Director Mick Whitehouse
Musical Director Nigel Turner
Choreographer Leanne Whitehouse

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Author: Joyce Handbury

This is the story of the great sharpshooter and American legend, Annie Oakley, who rises to fame while dealing with her love/professional rival, Frank Butler.
Leanne Whitehouse sparkled as Annie. She has a lovely naturalness on stage capturing both the vulnerability and the feistiness of Annie superbly and made the transition from a rough diamond, dressed in Buckskin, to a more refined glamorously dressed lady, totally believable. The singing of her numerous songs was delightful, especially ‘Can’t Get a Man With a Gun’ and ‘Moonshine Lullaby’. Frank Butler needs to be a strong character full of arrogance and swagger and Nicky Constable was admirable in this role. Whilst he is not the best of singers his rendition of ‘The Girl That I Marry’ was well put over and his duet with Annie ‘Anything You Can Do’ was first-rate. Great support came from Paul Holland who made a fine Col. William F. Cody, Donna Knowles was suitably brazen and meddlesome as Dolly Tate, Ken Radmore was stoically amusing as Chief Sitting Bull, showman Charlie Davenport was splendidly portrayed by Ray Atkinson and Ian Simpson was impressive as Pawnee Bill as was Ray Hall as Foster Wilson. Annie’s little orphan family were adorable particularly Isaac Farnfield as Jake and James Sheppard and Hannah Bradford made a charming couple as sweethearts Tommy Keeler and Winnie Tate. Two numbers I loved were ‘I’m and Indian Too’ and ‘Sun in The Morning’ both were imaginatively choreographed and extremely well performed by the ensemble. The costumes throughout were stunning and whilst the sets were simple, mainly because everything has to be removed after each performance, the set designers etc. and back stage crew do a wonderful job under these extremely difficult circumstances. Bolsover Drama Group once again proved that ‘There’s No Business Like Show Business’ as was obvious by the enthusiasm of everyone on stage.