ELKHART — Premier Arts will perform Irving Berlin’s musical “Annie Get Your Gun” at Lerner Theatre this weekend.
“It seemed very fall-like,” said artistic director Craig Gibson, who describes the plot as “the tempestuous romance of Annie Oakley and Frank Butler.”
“Annie Get Your Gun” revolves around the story of Annie Oakley, a turn-of-the-century sharpshooter who later starred in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West, and her romance with another sharpshooter, Frank Butler. Originally a novel by siblings Dorothy and Herbert Fields, the Broadway musical was developed by Irving Berlin in 1946.
The show was performed over a thousand times in New York in its first year. It has seen many revival productions, including a filmed and a televised version. Popular songs that originated from this production include “There’s No Business Like Show Business” and “Anything You Can Do.”
Gibson’s favorite piece is the “Moonshine Lullaby,” in which Oakley’s character is in a train car on her way to Buffalo Bill’s Wild West. “It’s about the most tender thing in the show,” Gibson said.
Gibson is most excited to introduce theater to local youth, and some 1,700 elementary students will view the performance Friday morning. There will also be programs to provide theater, voice and dance programs for youth in the spring.
Show times for “Annie Get Your Gun” are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 11-12, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13.
Adult tickets are $18, students and senior tickets are $15, and tickets for children 12 and younger are $12. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit the box office at 410 S. Main St. in Elkhart, visit Premier Art’s website at premierarts.org or call the theater at 293-4469.