Saranac Lake students will perform ‘Annie Get Your Gun’
If you go…
What: “Annie Get Your Gun” musical
Where: Saranac Lake High School, 79 Canaras Ave.
When: Tonight, Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
How much: $10 adults, $8 students
SARANAC LAKE — There’s no business like show business.
Saranac Lake High School students will perform “Annie Get Your Gun” tonight, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium. Student tickets are $8, and adult tickets are $10.
The Irvin Berlin musical shows a fictionalized version of world-renowned sharpshooter Annie Oakley. Oakley performed stunts such as shooting cigarettes out of people’s mouths and hitting coins that were flipped into the air. One her most famous acts involved facing away from targets, aiming a rifle over her shoulder and shooting distant bull’s-eyes while looking in a mirror.
After Oakley bested marksman Frank Butler in a competition, the two soon got married and started performing in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West, a traveling show that highlighted sharpshooting, horse riding and frontier life.
In “Annie Get Your Gun,” Oakley and Butler are infatuated with each other, but they’re also in constant competition, with Butler even joining a rival wild west show at one point.
Director Bonnie Brewer and many of the cast members said the musical is lighthearted and fun, a significant departure from last year’s production of “Fiddler on the Roof,” which was about the banishment of Jews from Russia.
Abbie Wolff, the senior who will play Oakley, said “Annie Get Your Gun” has plenty of memorable musical numbers.
“I think there’s some really great songs that people will recognize in this show — ‘Anything You Can Do,’ ‘No Business Like Show Business,’ ‘You Can’t Get a Man with a Gun,'” she said.