By Emily Hershgordon
It’s that time of year again… Warmer weather, Spring Break, and now, Upper Dublin’s annual Spring Musical, Annie Get Your Gun, which hits the stage on April 9-11th! The show, a Rodgers and Hammerstein production, originally debuted on Broadway in 1946, and was later revived in 1966 and 1999. The music, written by Irving Berlin, includes classics like “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” “Anything You Can Do,” and “You Can’t Get A Man With A Gun.” With a talented cast and fresh direction, Upper Dublin Theatre Department will prove that this Wild West show is truly timeless.
Our production stars Senior, Natalie Crane in the title role of Annie Oakley, who shared her excitement to play this leading lady. “I am thrilled to play the rowdy Annie! She is so fun to portray and I can’t wait to perform this weekend! I hope everyone comes out to see the show, and enjoys it as much as I do!”
Despite the early origins of the production, Crane’s character defies traditional gender identities, as she embodies a strong independence that will inspire both female and male viewers. As the sharpest shooter in the town, Oakley must go up against a “big swollen-headed stiff,” Frank Butler (Anthony Aquino), in a competitive shooting match, as a part of Buffalo Bill’s (Steven Aronow) traveling show. Though Annie proves successful as she enters the world of show business, she ultimately must choose between her desire to be the best and her developed love for Frank.
The show also follows Butler’s hilarious assistant, Dolly Tate (Elizabeth Tanous), as she attempts to inhibit the youthful romance between her younger sister, Winnie (Jessica Anninos), and the knife-throwing half-Indian, Tommy Keeler (Peter Berger). Combined with an ensemble of contortionists, tumblers, and dancing cowboys, and the direction and choreography of Ms. Gerenyi (who is making her UD Spring Musical debut), this show is sure to bring the excitement of show business to the Upper Dublin community.
Join the diverse audience of not only Upper Dublin theatergoers, but also members of the Greater Philadelphia Cappie organization! About sixty students from twenty surrounding public, private, and parochial schools will attend one of the shows this weekend and highlight the talent of both our performers and technicians in written critiques. Select reviews will be forwarded to local publications, like The Philadelphia Inquirer and The Montgomery Ticket. Go to www.philly.com/cappies after the production closes to read articles featuring UDHS students, and keep a lookout later this spring, as our students are recognized through the Cappie organization with Tony-style nominations and awards!
Tickets, which are reserved, are $13 for students and seniors and $15 for adults. They can be purchased online at http://udhstheatre.ticketleap.com/annie-get-your-gun/ or at lunches this week. Showtimes are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday (April 9th, 10th, and 11th) at 7:30pm, and Saturday the 11th at 2:00pm. For more information, check out the following Facebook pages: Upper Dublin Theatre Department and Upper Dublin Theatre Department’s Spring Musical.