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‘Annie Get Your Gun’ runs through Aug. 2 at Cumming Playhouse
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"Annie Get Your Gun” runs at 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and at 3 p.m. Sundays through Aug. 2 at the Cumming Playhouse, 101 School St.

Tickets are $25 for students, veterans and seniors 60 and older. All other tickets are $27.50 and can be purchased online at www.playhousecumming.com or by calling (770) 781-9178.

CUMMING -- Looking for some rootin’ tootin’ family fun this summer? Set your sights on the Cumming Playhouse as “Annie Get Your Gun” hits the stage for a four-week run.

The show, which opened Thursday and concludes Aug. 2, tells a fictionalized version of a portion of the life of sharpshooter Annie Oakley (1860-1926), who starred in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show.

“Annie Get Your Gun” focuses on the early romance – which is as much about competition as it is love — between Oakley and her future husband and fellow sharpshooter Frank Butler.

“Probably one of the best things about our production of this show is the chemistry between our Annie and our Frank,” said Colleen Quigley, the show’s director. “They both do a great job of capturing the characters’ competitive spirit, as well as their affection for each other.

“As a director, it’s wonderful to see that unique chemistry portrayed so well by our actors.”

Produced by Pie-in-the-Sky, the same company that brought “Oklahoma” to the Playhouse last summer, “Annie Get Your Gun” offers something for everyone, according to producer Leigh Ann Cannady.

“This really is one of those great shows that the entire family will love,” Cannady said. “It’s just good, wholesome, family-friendly entertainment at its best.”

She added that the music, which will be performed by a live band on stage, is another strong point.

“It’s classic musical theater,” she said. “I think a lot of people will know the songs from this show, but they might not realize that those songs originate from this show.”

Among the well-known numbers are “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” “You Can’t Get a Man with a Gun,” “They Say It’s Wonderful,” and “Anything You Can Do.”

“Audiences will definitely find themselves singing along during the show and then humming these tunes long after they leave,” Cannady said.
Both Quigley, who is the drama instructor at Forsyth Central High School, and Cannady, who owns and operates Forsyth Academy of Performing Arts, praised the show’s cast, which includes some 24 local actors covering a wide age range.

“We have children from under age 10 all the way up to much more mature actors, so it is a very diverse cast,” Cannady said. “That’s always a great thing for a family show because every member of the family can find a character they can relate to.”

Students from North Forsyth Middle as well as South, West and Forsyth Central high schools have been cast in the show.

“As drama educators, I think it’s important to both myself and Leigh Ann to encourage our students to participate in local community theater,” Quigley said, “because they get a taste of theater outside of their school settings and they get to work with actors of all different ages and experience levels.

“To do a full show during the summer months is an excellent experience for them.”

According to Cannady, “Annie Get Your Gun” is “one of those classic shows that everyone should see at least once in their lifetime.”

“Colleen and I have both brought our own kids to the rehearsals and performances and they all love it,” she said. “It’s a light-hearted musical that is perfect for summer.”