The Oyster Bay High School is presenting the musical Annie Get Your Gun this weekend. It is a case of the right voice at the right time with a great idea for making it a fun night for the family added in.
There are several criteria when a school district is choosing a play. One of the critical issues is finding the right person/voice to play the lead. You look at the talent pool, and consider how many voices are available. In this case Oyster Bay High School had Fiona Brunner, who is playing the lead role of Annie. "She is tremendous talent," said Tom Gould OB-EN media specialist. "She is also a track star and an Honor Society officer.
"I saw her perform the first time when she was at Vernon in Annie. She played Ms. Hannigan, the evil person in charge of the orphanage. In the sixth grade she had such a maturity in her voice and I knew right away she was one to watch. She has been in my talent shows each year and I am pleased that she will be the lead this year," said Mr. Gould.
Annie Get Your Gun is a musical with lyrics and music written by Irving Berlin and a book by Herbert Fields and his sister Dorothy Fields. According to Wikepedia, the story is a fictionalized version of the life of Annie Oakley (1860-1926), who was a sharpshooter from Ohio, and her husband, Frank Butler.
Many of the songs became great hits including: There's No Business Like Show Business, Doin' What Comes Natur'lly, You Can't Get a Man with a Gun, They Say It's Wonderful, and Anything You Can Do.
NetFlicks calls the film that starred Betty Hutton: "A classic musical about two sharpshooters who find love in Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, Annie Get Your Gun boasts a tuneful score. Annie Oakley (Betty Hutton), who was a sure shot with a rifle, couldn't hit the broad side of a barn when it came to snaring a man. But she proves you can get a man with a gun in this battle-of-the-sexes extravaganza!"
"Playing the role of Annie's counterpart Frank Butler, is Steven Wessels. He played Seymour in The Little Shop of Horrors last year. He is an accomplished actor comfortable in the lead role in a musical. He also played Tom Sawyer in the seventh-grade play," Mr. Gould added.
This play affords a good 12 to 15 people with fairly good-sized speaking, dancing and singing roles. Everyone does everything in these plays, he said.
The show dates are: Friday, March 27 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, March 28 at 8 p.m. and Sunday at a 2 p.m. matinee. Tickets are available online to order and print out. The prices range from $10 to $12.50 because of discounts for seniors and students.
This year for the first time on Friday night you can enjoy a dinner and theater combination. You can enjoy a Buffalo Bill Texas barbecue at 6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria. The dinner and theater combination is $28 dollars and $20 for seniors, students and children.
Our editorial comment is: Take this opportunity to watch our young people take to the boards - giving them a great experience as you enjoy the theater (and possibly the dinner) experience here at home in Oyster Bay. - DFK