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Annie Get Your Gun

“Simple but effective”

Peter Corry’s Annie Get Your Gun is simple but effective. The director has kept the cast small but multitalented, with most actors doubling up as band members. The simplicity of this piece is reflected in both the lighting and set design. Faded star-spangled banners adorn the floor and back wall of the theatre, while a small staircase flanked by band members and props makes-up the remainder of the design with a vintage looking Wild West themed fire curtain used occasionally to disguise set changes.

The costumes also have a charming but faded authenticity, settling for a washed-out realism rather than an abundance of sequins and Stetsons.

The small but extremely capable ensemble cast fills the space as best they can, but at times Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show does seem a little sparse. Any meagreness is quickly forgotten when Kara Swinney as Annie and Blair Robertson as Frank take to the stage: both actors have exceptional voices to which they add characterful and lively performances. Paul Lincoln as Charlie punctuates the show with well-timed comic asides.

The delivery of the choreography is weak in places. Corry may have chosen gifted actors and musicians over dancers, which is understandable with Berlin’s music. The ensemble and musicians work hard and it pays off.

This production tackles a classic with modern ideas, and an apparently small budget, but its general success is to the credit of a hard-working cast and a thoughtful director.

Production Details
Production nameAnnie Get Your Gun
VenueTheatre at the Mill
StartsSeptember 29, 2015
EndsOctober 10, 2015
Running time2hrs 30mins
ComposerIrving Berlin
Book writerDorothy Fields, Herbert ., Peter Stone
LyricistIrving Berlin
DirectorPeter Corry
Musical directorMatthew Reeve
ChoreographerFleur Mellor
Set designerDavid Craig
Lighting designerConleth White
CastBlair Robertson, George Jones, Kara Swinney, Kate Robson-Stuart, Lorna-Marie Moore, Paul Lincoln
Stage managerJennie Newell
ProducerBernard Clarkson
VerdictA small cast does wonders as actors, dancers, singers and musicians in this authentic production
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