Calamity Jane

Date 22nd April 2015
Society EROS Musical Society
Venue Eastwood Park Theatre, Giffnock
Type of Production Musical
Director Vincent Clarke
Musical Director Aileen Shaw
Choreographer Kim McLaughlin


Author: T Davies Brock

It was good to return to “The Golden Garter” and to see the familiar characters of the Wild West and hear the well known songs such as The Deadwood Stage, The Black Hills of Dakota and Careless With The Truth. Tracy Fraser played a commanding lead as Calamity in this production, having played Katie Brown in the society’s previous production of the show in 1999. This time, that role was taken by Lynne Fyfe, who portrayed very acceptably that shy character’s faltering start to her ultimate triumph at the cabaret in Henry Miller’s establishment. Lorna Cunningham played a charming Susan opposite Mike Denholm as a comical Francis Fryer, whose opening number at the Golden Garter was hilarious. Jeremy Davis took the role of the hard-pressed Henry Miller, impresario and owner of the Golden Garter, ever fearful of the place being wrecked by the patrons who expected a Frances Fryer – a true case of mistaken identity! Stewart Robertson took the role of Calamity’s hero Lieutenant Danny Gilmartin who may have escaped the Sioux but not Calamity and Andrew Tasker played a dignified Wild Bill Hickock. Frances McNeil took the role of Adelaide Adams with the catchy number It’s Harry I’m Planning to Marry, performed with the Stage Door Johnnies Mike Driscoll, Paul Hannigan and David Clark. Other local characters were realistically portrayed such as Lindsay Stevenson as Doc Pierce, Ian McAulay as Rattlesnake and David Clark as Colonel Stark. The remaining minor principals and a sizeable chorus of prospectors, townsfolk and the delectable dance troupe completed the cast of an excellent show.