Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Pioneers Take the Stage ; Drama Club Production of 'Annie Get Your Gun' Is This Weekend

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Pioneers Take the Stage ; Drama Club Production of 'Annie Get Your Gun' Is This Weekend

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"There's no business like show business," the entire cast proclaims during one of the most well-known musical moments of one of the most famous Broadway musicals of all time. No one knows that better than the Boonville High School Drama Club who has been hard at work on its production of Irving Berlin's "Annie Get Your Gun." The play opened Thursday.

"It's a great show, a love story of two very opposite people," said director Adam Wadsworth. "It's a lot of fun. There are a lot of classic tunes that everyone knows, great comedic moments and a really interesting story. We're really excited about it."

"Annie Get Your Gun" is loosely but historically based on the life of famed Old West sharpshooter Annie Oakley and her romance with fellow showman and rival Frank Butler, with the backdrop of Buffalo Bill Cody's Wild West Show in the late 1800s.

The heated nature of Oakley and Butler's personalities and relationship is at the heart of the show, Wadsworth said.

"It's really interesting in how it's written," he said. "These two people have this competitive edge that defines their relationship, and that is what drives the plot."

The title role is played by Shelby Lutz.

"She's kind of a scruffy girl," Lutz said. "Tough, maybe even a little nasty. That's not really me at all, so I've had to work at it a little bit to get into the character. Honestly, I kind of just try to act like my dad."

Finding her inner "scruffy girl" has not been Lutz's only challenge, as she not only has to work on her frontier accent, but also keep in character during singing parts.

"The accent is coming along," she said. "I've watched the movie a few times and kind of took it from that. The harder part is making sure I remember to sing with that same accent. I'm not so used to doing that. But it's going well."

Oakley's love interest in Butler is played by Josh Bunch. Bunch said he enjoys playing the "smug" aspect of his character.

"Frank just thinks he's hot stuff," Bunch said. "Even when he loses, he still thinks he's the best. But then he falls in love with Annie, so it's an interesting situation."

The character is a bit of a departure for Bunch, who is more accustomed to playing comic relief roles. …

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