When Colonel William F. Cody, the legendary ‘Buffalo Bill’, brought his Wild West Extravaganza to Derbyshire in 1903 he was accompanied by a cast and crew of around 800 people.
While Belper Musical Theatre don’t have quite that number in their membership it is currently all hands on deck in preparation for their next production Annie Get Your Gun.
Irving Berlin’s popular musical is to be performed at Belper Community Theatre, Belper School, from February 18-22.
The show is a fictionalised version of the life of Buffalo Bill’s leading lady Annie Oakley and her romance with fellow sharpshooter Frank Butler. Buffalo Bill was known as a soldier, hunter, cowboy and showman but few people realise that his ancestors originated from right here in Derbyshire.
Belper Musical Theatre are excited to be putting on the 1999 revival version of the show, the Broadway cast recording of which won a Grammy Award.
With musical numbers like There’s No Business Like Show Business, You Can’t Get a Man With a Gun and Anything You Can Do, the talented cast of BMT will be Doin’ What Comes Natur’lly and singing their hearts out.
After many loyal years with the company, long standing musical director Terry Bailey has passed his baton on to Dave Adey.
The show is being directed by Larry Waller, who is known to many local theatregoers as the director of Christmas Carol and Nicholas Nickleby (Belper Players) and the Belper Passion in 2013.
This is to be Larry’s first foray into the world of musical theatre.
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n Pictured are back row: Anya Staton, Molly Hewitt-Richards, Jen Lewis, Jess Henshaw, Jess Allinson
On the front roware Jess Waller, Daniel Shaw and Oscar Hewitt-Richards.
Larry Waller said of the experience: “I have enjoyed the opportunity to tell this fun story of love, pride and the love of show business.
“We have a wonderfully talented cast and there is a great team spirit in the creative team at BMT”.
Annie Get Your Gun really does have something for everyone - singing and dancing, Cowboys and Indians, love and laughter and is sure to be a brilliant evening of entertainment. Tickets are available from Andrea on 01332 882909.