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“There’s No Business Like Show Business, Like No Business I Know…” So opens the first act of the award winning Irving Berlin musical “Annie Get Your Gun”. What a fitting tribute to 60 years of service from Community Playhouse, Inc. in middle Tennessee as it presents this musical in celebration of that event. You are invited to come celebrate with us as we remember back over our long history.
The show will only be performed one 4 day weekend in April – Thursday, April 3 – 7:30 p.m.; Friday, April 4 – 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, April 5 – 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 6 –2:00 p.m. Performances will be at the South Jackson Civic Center auditorium in Tullahoma.
The playhouse is designating the Saturday evening performance as a “homecoming” performance and encourages those who have participated throughout the 60 years to come that evening for a special celebration and recognition.
Tickets for the show are now available online www.communityplayhouse.org for purchase or seats may be reserved for pickup at the door by calling 931-455-0620. With the limited venue, those wanting tickets are urged to get their seats now as we are expecting sell out crowds for this show. Ticket prices are $15 for adults, $13 for seniors and students with ID, and $11 for children 12 and under.
“Annie Get Your Gun” is being produced and directed by long time playhouse participants, Janet Patterson and Rosie Graham. They will be assisted by a much recognized group of ladies: Ann Baldwin, vocal director; Peggy Burton, orchestra director; and Beverly Long, choreographer. These ladies have collaborated together on numerous productions throughout the years.
The directors have put together an outstanding cast, which includes participants from Tullahoma and a host of surrounding towns including Shelbyville, Manchester, Winchester, Lynchburg, Estill Springs and even Murfreesboro. Leading the cast are Lindsey Slaughter (Annie Oakley) and Keith Wortham (Frank Butler) who provide the spark for the show as they compete with each other both in sharp shooting and in love. Lindsey and Keith are both Shelbyville natives who have graduated with music degrees from Tennessee Tech and Belmont College respectively. They bring a wealth of talent to the playhouse stage.
Supporting cast members include: Wes Campbell (Buffalo Bill Cody), Jim Zidan (Charlie Davenport), K. Leigh Wilson (Dolly Tate), Skylar Ramsey (Winnie Tate), Evan Price (Tommy Keeler), Jim Shemwell (Pawnee Bill), Allen Craig (Foster Wilson), and Will Prater (Chief Sitting Bull). Annie’s little sisters and brother are played by Madison Zidan, Alyssa Freeze and Mason Singer.
The remaining cast members make up a talented supporting ensemble, which includes the following groups:
Children: Anna Grace Smith, Kayla Abed, Sidnee Beavers, Emily Clark, Paris Adcock, Kameron Adcock, Aubrey Lawson, Emory Lawson, Trace Baxter, Samerra Wulf, Ella Grace Dimon, Brianna Welch
Young Teen Cowgirls/Cowboys: Beth Rowe, Heather Dweck, Taylor Patterson, Mackenzie Arant, Allison Popovych, Merrie Grace Bradford, Allyson Reddekopp, Justin Lendley, Brianna Welch, Clayton Long, Matthew Fearing.
Cowgirls/Debutantes/Dancers: Martha Brooke Powers, Katie Rowe, Heather Ruyton, Samantha Webb, Alison Fisher, Caroline Waller, Savannah Brown, Connie Dodson
Teen Cowboys /Dancers: Chance Baxter, Corey Kiser, Ethan Norfleet, Jonathan Fearing, Justin Reddekopp, Spencer Baxter.
Men Cowboys/Dancers: David Ford, Wallace Pruitt, Tim Warren, Jonathan Ivins, Richard Lloyd, R. J. Hayes
New York Socialites/Townspeople: Heather Kleinfeld, Charlene Williamson, Jennie Kuebitz, and Cynthia Reddekopp. Ellen Anderson, Carolyn Bradford, Phyllis Boyd, Dianne Clanton, Rema Bell, Michelle Rowe, Kristie Beavers, Sande Hayes
Indian Women: Crystal McCullough, Belinda Ivins, Sammy Delovich, Sarah Carney
Roustabout and Indians: Sarah Carney, Manny Wells, Patrick Wells, and Sammy Delovich
The musical “Annie Get Your Gun” is based on the real life story of Sharp Shooter Annie Oakley who was prominent in the early days of the Wild West. It tells the tumultuous love story and competition between Annie Oakley and the love of her life, husband, Frank Butler as they traveled around the country with Buffalo Bill Cody’s Wild West Show. This show is being licensed and produced in cooperation with R & H Theatricals in New York City. It is a show that is fun for all ages and is sure to have everyone leaving singing…
…”Let’s Go On With The Show!”