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Next stop will be Our House

PUBLISHED: 09:16 10 June 2011 | UPDATED: 09:22 10 June 2011

A scene from Annie Get Your Gun performed by the Lowestoft Players.

A scene from Annie Get Your Gun performed by the Lowestoft Players.

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Lowestoft Players bring the curtain down on Annie Get Your Gun - reviewed below - this weekend and welcome in a wave of fresh new talent next week for their next production, the Madness-themed musical, Our House. There are performances of Annie Get Your Gun tonight at 7.30pm and then tomorrow at 2.30pm and 7.30pm at the Marina Theatre: to check remaining ticket availability call the box office on 01502 533200.

Next week will then see the company starting work on Our House. The show won the 2003 Olivier Award for Best New Musical and was an instant smash hit, winning the hearts of London’s West End theatregoers. It combines a witty romantic tale with the energetic, often madcap hits of much-loved 80s pop group Madness.

The musical runs at the Marina from September 20 to 24 for six performances, and now the production team is seeking people over 16 years old who can sing, dance and act to play the principal roles and the rest of the company.

An information night to explain the musical and characters is being held on Wednesday at 8pm at the Players’ headquarters, The Bethel, in Battery Green Road, Lowestoft, then auditions are on Sunday, June 19, at the same venue.

To book an audition slot call production assistant Mel Reid on 01502 561751 or visit www.lowestoftplayers.co.uk

REVIEW

Annie Get Your Gun

Marina Theatre, Lowestoft

WITH more than 136 shows under their belt, Lowestoft Players have proved they are not afraid to take on big shows or use technical wizardry to enhance them.

Irving Berlin’s musical comedy, Annie Get Your Gun, is no exception.

From the superb casting of the leads – Annie played joyously by Harriet Chambers and Chris Moore as Frank Butler – to the energetic choreography, the Players proved to be an innovative and entertaining troupe.

As the orchestra (who did not quite live up to tuneful expectations) played the overture, we were treated to old film footage of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show.

The clever use of the screen again in scene three meant we saw Annie swinging from a trapeze as she performed a sharp-shooting trick in the big top.

Both leads put in a stellar performance but Harriet’s Annie was amazing: continually on stage, she proved she had a great voice and excellent stage presence.

Berlin classics No Business Like Show Business and Doin’ What Comes Naturally were sung with gusto.

Like many first nights, the show had its hit-and-miss moments, but overall the Players gave another excellent performance.

Rhonda Deal

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