‘Annie’ bright, bold and the best

  • <b>REVIEW | </b>By Dale Burrows for The Weekly Herald
  • Tuesday, December 27, 2011 9:39pm
  • Life

They can do up close and personal (“On Golden Pond”). They can do social commentary (“Take Me America”). But they do big, bold and bright best (“Tommy”).

Here, however, Village is at their best doing what they do best.

Of the “Annie Get Your Guns” I’ve seen, this one is, by far, the biggest, brightest, boldest and best.

Village’s Kidstage-trained, now nationally known pro Vicki Noon puts a powerful, modern-day Annie to be reckoned with front and center. Noon is a middle soprano with operatic capability, standout standup-comedy talent and an audience-winning way. She’s got star written all over her.

Think Clark Gable’s Rhett Butler (“Gone With the Wind,” film version), and you’ve got a fair idea of Dane Stokinger’s Frank Butler. Stokinger endows Annie’s all-man, cowboy-swaggering, womanizing love interest with Gable’s manly vulnerability. Curtain up to curtain down, you pull for Stokinger to wake up.

As for the Wild, Wild West at its woolliest, don’t miss Hugh Hastings holding forth as the voice and presence of the legendary Buffalo Bill. High, mighty and with P.T. Barnum showmanship, Hastings juices the greatest show on earth.

Dance numbers are 100 percent time-period appropriate, bursting with energy and athletically breath-taking.

Choreography by Steve Tomkins and Kristin Culp is kaleidoscopically dazzling. Patterns arrange and rearrange in the wink of an eye.

Talk about staging. In seconds, Village transports you from the deck of a barge in New York Harbor to a ballroom in a five-star hotel. Film can’t manage scene changes more smoothly.

This is fast-paced but easy-to-follow excitement, emphasis on show-biz glam.

I would like more attention to diction. Emotion sometimes overpowers key lyrics.

Also, for me, a hint of anticlimax disturbs the ending.

However, that is arguing with perfection; and this “Annie Get Your Gun” is the nearest thing to perfection I’ve ever seen.

Highly recommended for all ages.

Reactions? Comments? Email Dale Burrows at grayghost7@comcast.net or entertainment@weeklyherald.com.

‘Annie Get Your Gun’

WHEN: Jan. 6 to 29

WHERE: Everett Performing Arts Center, 2710 Wetmore Ave., Everett

TICKETS: 425-257-8600 or www.villagetheatre.org

Talk to us

More in Life

TikToker Brett Kelly, 24, whose Pumpkin man character TikTok video will be aired on the CBS show The Greatest #AtHome Videos on Friday, Oct. 30, 2020. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
The TikTok ‘Pumpkin Man’ of Lake Stevens dances to TV fame

After his pandemic layoff from Macy’s, Brett Kelly, 24, has been adding to his 1.4 million followers.

The Black Tones are one of three headliners of this year's Fisherman's Village Music Festival broadcast on YouTube and at www.thefishermansvillage.com. Catch the band's performance on Oct. 31. (Kendall Lawren Rock)
Fisherman’s Village festival returns as streaming video series

Long delayed by the pandemic, the spotlight for local music is being broadcast in four episodes this week.

The five telltale signs of a ‘hortaholic’

It may be an addiction, but it’s the good kind that enriches your life.

This silver-plated serving piece is called a box but it doesn't look like one. It held English biscuits, but if the sides opened, the cookies inside would fall down. Each of the shell-shaped bowls had a hinged, pierced flap that kept the heat and the biscuits in place when the sides were opened and became flat bowls to serve the cookies. The flaps are often missing when the biscuit box is sold.-
These British ‘biscuit boxes’ are cookie jars by any other name

And fancy silver ones can sell for as much as $256 at antiques auctions.

Vitis vinifera ‘Purpurea’
PURPLE-LEAF GRAPE VINE
Great Plant Pick: Vitis vinifera “Purpurea”

It’s a common wine grape, but in the Puget Sound region, it’s grown for its beauty — the fruit won’t ripen in our climate.

Pandemic psychology and fear of contagion or psychological fears of disease or virus infections with 3D illustration elements.
Pandemic pains: Sleepless nights, hair loss and cracked teeth

Chronic stress from the months-long COVID-19 pandemic is a common thread among many of these conditions.

An expert’s top 3 tips to effectively train for virtual races

When COVID-19 struck, many races were canceled to limit crowds. Virtual races are becoming a popular alternative.

Beer-brined BBQ chicken with mustard and miso mayonnaise sauce. (Sam Folan)
Feel like a chef in your own kitchen with ‘Home Cookery Year’

The cookbook is divided by seasons and includes midweek suppers, recipes on a budget and payday cooking.

Curried beef stew is a warm, hearty dish when the weather turns cool. (Gretchen McKay/Post-Gazette/TNS)
Chase away the chill with this Dutch oven curried beef stew

It gets an Asian kick from curry powder and fresh ginger, and umami from a few splashes of fish and soy sauces.

Most Read