Danedri Thompson
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Gardner Edgerton High School performers are polishing their acting chops as well as their (fake) guns for their production of the musical, “Annie Get Your Gun.” The show will open at 7 p.m. on Nov. 10 in the high school auditorium.
Jeff Lady, director, said audiences should prepare to be wowed by Morgan Buie, who portrays Annie Oakley.
“She’s going to blow people away. She’s really amazing right down to her trick shooting scene blind-folded,” Lady said.
The show is Lady’s first at GEHS. He traveled a long road in the entertainment business, which included stops to perform at Super Bowl XX in New Orleans, and performing as a studio singer for Disney, before landing in Gardner.
“Annie Get Your Gun” is one of Lady’s favorites, but there are scenes in GEHS’ version that many people may have missed in other productions of the Broadway classic.
The show was revived in the late 1990s.
“We’re doing the original version as it was staged for Ethel Merman,” Lady explained.
The revival made the show very politically correct.
“What we wanted to do was show the scenes that celebrated Native American tradition,” Lady said. “So we’re doing the original.”
The story is a fictionalized account of the life of Annie Oakley, a sharpshooter from Ohio. Audience members will recognize several of the show’s musical numbers, including “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” “You Can’t Get a Man with a Gun,” and “Anything You Can Do.”
Tickets will be available for $5 at the door on opening night and on the final night of production. The shows will start at 7 p.m. on Nov. 10 and Nov. 12 at the GEHS Auditorium.