Friday Night I was at Lanier Middle School in Fairfax to see the City of Fairfax Theater Company (I had the name wrong earlier) put on their performance of “Annie Get Your Gun.”
The sets were colorful and the acting was very professional, if not actually professional. There was also an ad hoc music group, which played the musical numbers from the orchestra pit.
The story, which was written by Irvin Berlin in the 1930′s, tells the story of Annie Oakley (a.k.a. “Little Sure Shot”) who toured with Buffalo Bill Cody’s Wild West Show in the 1880′s. The show was a smash in the eastern U.S. and in Europe. Oakley was a famed sharp shooter who married Frank Murphy, another performer.
Hollywood made it a movie in the early 1950′s, the era of super-size cinematic productions. The dialogue and music are definitely period pieces — don’t think you’d see that writing now.
Anyway, the show plays three more dates (Friday, July 30, Saturday, July 31 and Sunday matinee Aug 1).