“Annie Get Your Gun”– the summer musical offered by Summit Theatre Group – opens July 18.
“It’s an ambitious project because any big musical has a lot of moving parts,” said Ben Martin, president of Summit Theatre Group.
Between actors, musicians, stagehands, costuming and other aspects of production between 60 to 70 people have been preparing for the show, Martin said.
The well-known musical is based on the life of the famous sharpshooter Annie Oakley, who was part of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show.
With music and lyrics written by Irving Berlin, it features unforgettable songs: “They Say It’s Wonderful” “Anything You Can Do” and “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” Martin said.
Performances are 7:30 p.m. July 18-20 and a matinee at 2:30 p.m. July 21, in the Performing Arts Center of Lee’s Summit West High School. Tickets are available online at www.summittheatregro
up.org or at Lee’s Summit Hy-Vee stores.
Tickets cost $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and students.
Among lead actors are Jennifer Davis, who plays Dolly Tate, a fictional rival and antagonist to Annie (played by Felisha Caldeira) and CAS Minniear, who plays Frank Butler, Annie’s shooting rival and love interest. Davis and Minniear are Lee’s Summit residents.
The director is award-winning Nancy Eppert, of Independence.
Davis appeared in STG’s production of Bus Stop last season and is a 2001 graduate of Lee’s Summit North High School.
“She’s just a dynamic stage presence, a fine performer,” Martin said. “We’re really glad to have her back with us.”
Davis said it was fun change to be the heavy, usually she plays an ingenue, but in this musical schemes to undo Annie’s career and romance. She’s the “big city girl” pitted against the “backwoods” Annie.
The extra demands of dancing and singing add to the challenge of performing, Davis said.
“It’s such a rush, so much fun,” Davis said.” Something can always totally wrong and you have to be on your toes.”