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‘Annie Get Your Gun’ opens May 12 in Clarksville

SoVaNow.com / May 02, 2018
Rehearsals are under way for the Clarksville Community Player’s upcoming production of “Annie Get Your Gun.” This Tony Award-winning musical will be performed at the Clarksville Fine Art Center, May 12-13 and 18-20.

Based on a fictionalized version of the life of Annie Oakley, her romance with Frank Butler and Buffalo Bill’s Wild West sharpshooting contest, “Annie Get Your Gun” is a musical known for hit songs, “There’s No Business Like Show Business” and “Anything You Can Do.”

This CCP production is once again being directed by Charlie Simmons, who says of the 21-member cast, “This is a great group of folks — there’s not a one I’m not proud of.”

Simmons directed the show when Players first performed “Annie Get Your Gun” in 1976.

There are six newcomers, including a Broadway talent, and five different families represented on the CCP stage. One of those families is Amy and Eva Garbooshian. Eva Garbooshian (Gertie) says her favorite part of the show is, “Mom punching me and shaking me.” Amy points out that it is playfully part of the scene.

The Clarksville Community Players are happy to welcome back native son Don Hite as one of the two musical directors. Hite’s love of theatre began as a boy acting on stage in Clarksville, part of the Clarksville Community Players.

He went to become a Broadway conductor, musical director, Los Angeles producer, and arts educator.

Having previously been a supporting lead in Into the Woods, under the musical direction of Hite, Garbooshian said, “I was so excited Don was coming back as he comes in and just amps everything up so much.”

Joining Hite as co-musical director is Susan Dalton. When not serving as vocal coach for “Annie Get Your Gun,” Dalton is the music director for Jamieson Memorial Methodist Church in Clarksville.

Friday and Saturday performances for “Annie Get Your Gun” are 7:30 p.m. and Sunday performances at 3 p.m. Tickets are $15. The Box Office opens May 7 and will remain open through the run of the show, Monday – Friday from noon-6 p.m.

Tickets are also available online at http://www.clarksvilleplayers.org.



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