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‘Annie Get Your Gun’ cast gives a fun and fanciful performance

By MARK MILLER

For The Daily News

IRON MOUNTAIN – “Annie Get Your Gun,” presented by Dickinson County Community Theater proved “There’s No Business Like Show Business” on opening night June 20 at the Performing Arts Center.

Little Gloria Darling enticed the first night audience as she and “Charlie, (Nick Salin) set the scene for the big vocal opening chorus. Buffalo Bill Cody (Robert Lundholm) promised his version of the tempestuous and romantic story of Annie Oakley and Frank Butler. The ensemble cast delivered.

Abby Miller, known locally as the Iron Mountain Channel Six broadcaster, played Annie Oakley with her great voice and acting skill. Annie Oakley made the audience believe she could outshoot her on stage beau, Frank Butler (Kris Condray) and could do anything he could do better. Abbey deserved the medals from the assembled royalty, Queen Vicotria among them, during the entr’acte.

The story line, girl meets boy; girl loses boy; girl gets boy was the narrative reason for some of Irving Berlin’s best Broadway songs which included “Doin’ What Comes Natur’lly,” “Anything You Can Do,” and “They Say It’s Wonderful.”

Musical director David E. Carlson had the cast well prepared to fill the theater with familiar tunes and musical excitement. Winnie Tate (Samantha Schultz) and Tommy Keeler (Teddy Izzo) pleased the audience with their dance, taught by choreographer Ali Mondloch, and their rendition of “Who Do You Love, I Hope.” Humor was provided by characters such as Chief Sitting Bull (Gage Planka) who showed he knew a thing or two about poker and persuasion.

“Annie Get Your Gun,” directed by Patricia Staller, is a night of family entertainment with music, dancing and gunfire. The musical is playing on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. with Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center.

The Irving Berlin musical has you humming its song after it is over. With two Bills, Buffalo Bill and Panee Bill (Mike Adam) and a Bull (Sitting Bull), Annie Oakley, Frank Butler and the whole cast give a fund and fanciful performance well worth attending.