Two popular plays open Friday
Written by Bill Schlichting, Pilot staff writer   
April 10, 2012 10:16 pm

Tawndy Davidson plays Annie Oakley in “Annie Get Your Gun.” The Pilot/Bill Schlichting
Tawndy Davidson plays Annie Oakley in “Annie Get Your Gun.” The Pilot/Bill Schlichting
 

‘Annie Get Your Gun’

The Chetco Pelican Players brings to the stage the Broadway classic “Annie Get Your Gun” for a three-weekend run beginning Friday, April 13, at the Chetco Playhouse.

The musical contains some of the biggest songs in Broadway history, such as “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” “Anything You Can Do,” “You Can’t Get A Man With A Gun,” “Sun in the Morning and the Moon at Night” plus many others. 

Heading up the cast is Tawndy Davidson as Annie Oakley, Erick Gothard as Frank Butler, Mike Moran as Buffalo Bill Cody, Lon Goddard as Charlie Davenport, and Ariel Farris as Dolly Tate. The cast is also supported by another 20 actors who sing and dance.

In the story, rumor has it that Buffalo Bill Cody is credited with inventing “The Show Business” as it was referred to in those days. With a cast of more than 200, “Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show and Congress of Rough Riders from Around the World” traveled the globe for almost 20 years, bringing the Old West to life. 

A star attraction was “Little Sure Shot” Annie Oakley. Born in Ohio in humble surroundings, Annie learned to shoot by hunting for game for the family meals. Contrary to reports, Annie Oakley was as good as they claimed she was. She never missed a shot. In fact she was so good that she starting working in a miss during performances as to gain a little sympathy. 

The other great act with the Buffalo Bill company was Frank Butler, the world champion marksman. 

“Annie Get Your Gun will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, April 13, 14, 20, 21, 27 and 28, and 2 p.m Sundays, April 15, 22,and 29. Tickets for this musical are $15 for adults, and $6 for students. Tickets are available in Brookings at Chetco Pharmacy and Gifts, Wright’s Framing and Art Supplies, and in Harbor at New Wave Video. A special children’s price of $2 will be offered on Saturday nights, but only at the door. 

The Chetco Playhouse is located at 1240 Chetco Ave., Brookings. For information call 541-469-1857. 

‘Taming of the Shrew’ 

Brookings Harbor Community Theater announces the gala opening of Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew” on Friday, April 13 at the Harbor Performing Arts Center. 

The gala begins at 6:30 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres and medieval punch. The performance will begin at 7:30.

“The Taming of the Shrew” is the story of Katharina, a bright, witty woman surrounded by fools in the male-dominated Italy of the Middle Ages. Her only recourse is to play the shrew and torment those around her by refusing to be the gentle, obedient daughter that everyone expects. When fortune-hunter Petruchio, her intellectual equal, arrives and arranges to marry her, they engage in a wild battle of wits even while falling desperately in love. 

Meanwhile little sister Bianca, the apple of her father’s eye, inflames the considerable passion of every eligible man in town and attracts would-be husbands everywhere she looks. Her father won’t let that happen until big sister Kate gets a husband of her own. Deceit and disguise add to the confusion as mistaken identity and misunderstandings collide with entertaining consequences.

The play, which is not recommended for children, will run two weekends, April 13-15 and 20-22. Friday and Saturday shows start at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday shows begin at 2 p.m. 

Tickets are $10 for general admission, $9 for seniors and $7 for students. Ticket outlets are Wright’s Custom Framing and Art Supplies in Brookings and New Wave Video in Harbor. The Harbor Performing Arts Center is in the Brookings-Harbor Shopping Center Call the theater for more information and reservations at 541-469-4700 or 541-661-2473.