Oakley grew up poor in the 1800s in Ohio. But she was always the best shot around and supported her younger siblings by selling game she hunted. As a teen she was discovered by Colonel Buffalo Bill, who got her to join his Wild West Show, where she fell in love with shooting ace Frank Butler, her rival. In the musical when Annie starts to overshadow Frank, their romance turns rocky.
The show premiered on Broadway in 1946 with Ethel Merman at the helm. A Tony-winning revival in 1999 starred Bernadette Peters, who was later replaced by Reba McEntire. The score includes such tunes as “Doin’ What Comes Natur’lly” and “Anything You Can Do.”
Directed and choreographed by MAR artistic director Lauren Nicole Sherwood, of Stamford, “Annie Get Your Gun” features Torrington’s L. Nagle as the irrepressible Annie, and Redding’s Robert Bria as her love interest, Frank. Jerold Goldstein, of Trumbull, is musical director, and Amber Levine and Vikki Meskill, both of New Milford, are production stage managers. Tickets are sold at the gate or may be reserved. Grounds open at 7:15 p.m. for picnicking. Chair rentals and soft drink/snack concessions are available.
Richter Arts Center, 100 Aunt Hack Road, Danbury. Friday, July 24-Saturday, Aug. 8. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays 8:30 p.m. $20 adults, $15 seniors and students, $10 ages 10, under. Discounted shows Thursdays, July 30, and Aug. 6. $15 adults, $10 seniors, students, $5 ages 10, under. 203-748-6873, email@example.com