Annie Oakley rides again

Community Editor
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Masquers Theatre Company is celebrating its 40th year with its summer musical production of Irving Berlin’s Annie Get Your Gun. This musical will be performed in the Forest Lake Area High School auditorium June 29 to July 16 with Thurs., Fri., and Sat. performances at 7 p.m. and Sun. performances at 2 p.m.

Annie Oakley is the best shot around, and she manages to support her little brother and sisters by selling the game she hunts. When she’s discovered by Col. Buffalo Bill, he persuades this novel sharpshooter to join his Wild West Show. It only takes one glance for her to fall head over heels for dashing shooting ace Frank Butler, who headlines the show. She soon eclipses Butler as the main attraction, which, while good for business, is bad for romance. Butler hightails it off to join a rival show, his bruised male ego leading the way, but is ultimately pitted against Annie in a final shoot-out. The rousing, sure-fire finale hits the mark every time in a testament to the power of female ingenuity.

“Annie get your gun is one of a handful of musicals that can be described as a classic,” Artistic Director Janice Murphy Roman said in a press release. “Ever since the opening night in 1946, this is a show that audiences have loved to see and the actors have loved to perform.”

The level of talent is high with a number of actors who will be familiar to Masquers audiences from previous seasons as well as some newcomers.

“I’m very impressed with everyone in the cast,” Roman said. “Dorothy Owens and David Thelen who play Annie Oakley and Frank Butler have great chemistry together and the sparks fly when they are on stage. I’m very lucky to work with this cast and crew for Masquers.”

As a 40th anniversary special, Masquers has lowered general admission tickets for this show. They are $12 for adults, $10 for students and seniors (62+), and $8 for children. Also, for opening weekend only, if you buy three tickets in advance, you’ll get a fourth ticket free at will call the night of the show. Tickets are now available at www.masquerstheatre.org/tickets.