Ripon High School students will present Irving Berlin’s classic musical comedy, “Annie Get Your Gun,” with four performances Thursday, Feb. 6 through Saturday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m., including a Saturday matinee at 2 p.m.
“Annie Get Your Gun,” the classic, target-hitting musical, takes the audience on tour across North America, to Europe and back with Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show.
The musical tells the fictional love story between real life “sure-shot” Annie Oakley and handsome marksman Frank Butler, as they challenge each other to be the star of Buffalo Bill’s show. Sparks fly faster than bullets as the competition and romance heat up.
This classic musical comedy features some of the best songs known to musical theatre: “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” “Anything You Can Do,” “I Got The Sun In The Morning” and “You Can’t Get A Man With A Gun.”
“The past few years I have been asked to do a classic musical, and once I heard the score for ‘Annie Get Your Gun,’ I knew this was the one,” director Tylor Loest said.
New to the show this year is the use of theatre projection. Throughout the show vintage images of Ripon and the Wild West will be presented to denote locations and themes.
“It is very simple, but does give an added sense of history to the time period of the production,” Loest said. “As a group, we have been working hard to distinguish what is historically accurate and what is show business.”
As always, the show brings forth some of the best in local volunteers, high school teachers and professional theatre lighting designers. This family-friendly Western aims to show that there really is “no business like show business.”
Tickets are $3 for students and $5 for adults, all tickets sold at the door. For the Saturday matinee, students are free with a food pantry donation of peanut butter or mac and cheese.