Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Annie Get Your Gun: Press and Reviews

Annie Get Your Gun is open! We had full houses for all three performances Opening Weekend and welcomed 380 students and teachers to a school matinee performance just this morning (which ended with high school students chorusing together on songs from the show as they waited for their bus in the lobby). Everyone in the cast and crew is majorly excited and minorly exhausted. At least we think that's the order!

A triumvirate of talent: Charlie Davenport (Pat LaCorte),
Sitting Bull (Mike Vaniman), and Buffalo Bill (Richard Blue)
scheme and sing throughout the show. Photo by Tommy Propest
This show has generated a lot of excitement in the press as well. The Mountaineer ran a terrific preview piece on Annie Get Your Gun by Mark Ellis-Bennett of The Biltmore Beacon. It includes interviews with director Jerry Crouch and stars Brandon Kersey and Jacqueline Collison-Canney. Tony Kiss of the Asheville Citizen-Times also chatted with director Jerry Crouch prior to opening.

And this morning, we received our first review! Jim Cavener of the Asheville Citizen-Times says that Annie Get Your Gun is "this is a theater experience to make time and space to see and enjoy." The show runs for three more weekends through October 13 - and we hope that gives you enough time to join us for a performance!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

"Annie Get Your Gun" Study Guide

We are trying to up our game in the study guide department - and we're getting closer to where we'd like to be! We're sending this one out to about 700 students who will be joining us for Annie Get Your Gun over the next few weeks. Let us know what you think!


Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Lights! Camera! Annie!

The “Little Sure Shot” of the “Wild West,”an exhibition of rifle shooting at glass balls, etc.
The title is almost longer than the film itself! This short film (only about 21 seconds long) of Annie Oakley and Frank Butler was filmed on November 1, 1894 in Thomas Edison’s Black Maria studio by cameraman William Heise. It's thought to be the 11th motion picture ever filmed!

Note: No need to adjust your volume - there was no sound recorded in early Kinetoscope films.

Annie Get Your Gun runs Friday, September 20 through Sunday, October 13. We've got some tricks up our sleeves, too!  Come and see!