FOR ITS 2013 production Brechin Amateur Operatic Society takes a return trip to Deadwood City, Dakota, for the well-known and equally well loved ‘Calamity Jane’ and there is no doubt that this year’s production will prove to be just as popular and entertaining as the previous one in 1990.
The show revolves around the relationship between the title character Calamity Jane (Gill Smith) and Wild Bill Hickock (Alan Matheson).
The love/hate relationship between these two characters is expertly and sympathetically played throughout.
One of Calamity’s characteristics is her determination to assist and please wherever she can – no more so than in her attempts to support her friend Henry Miller (Keith Cuthill), proprietor of Deadwood City’s popular, and perhaps only, licensed establishment “The Golden Garter”.
The show opens with a lively performance of ‘The Deadwood Stage’ after which we learn that Miller is eagerly awaiting the arrival of his new star, the actress ‘Frances Fryer’.
Miller is disappointed to say the least to discover that the actress he has booked is in fact a man – ‘Francis Fryer’.
Some confusion ensues and of course Calamity steps in to try and save the day.
Unfortunately as always with Calamity things do not go according to plan and again Henry Miller does not get what he expects!
Instead of the famous actress Adelaide Adams (Caroline Fenwick) the unknown and unheard of Katie Brown (Laura Ferguson) arrives in town.
Not only does this cause Henry Miller’s patrons no little consternation it also proves an obstacle for Calamity in her pursuit of dashing young Army Lieutenant Danny Gilmarten (Robert Forbes).
There is of course a happy ending but if you want to know how they get there you will need to come along and see the show.
Full praise must go to all the cast in supporting roles who each give a first class performance throughout.
Special mention of course must be made to the “gorgeous” Francis Fryer tackled with great gusto by Stephen Middleton!
In addition to ‘The Deadwood Stage’ the show is littered with other popular songs such as ‘Men!’, ‘I Can Do Without You’, ‘Windy City’, ‘A Woman’s Touch’, ‘The Black Hills of Dakota’ and ‘My Secret Love’.
Each and every principal gives a first class performance throughout and they are ably supported by the enthusiastic, well drilled and well rehearsed chorus.
Much of the praise for this must go to the production team.
For the third year in succession the team of Graeme Baird (Producer), Liz Burns-Smith (Choreographer) and Gordon Smith (Musical Director) have clearly worked well together to bring out the very best from every one involved.
The authentic costumes, scenic art work, lighting and sound all come together with the result being a slick, colourful, lively and humorous show. One not to be missed.
‘Calamity Jane’ is performed by Brechin Amateur Operatic Society in the City Hall, Brechin, at 7.30 p.m., each evening until Saturday (March 9).
Tickets are available from Newsplus, St. David Street, Brechin, or call 0781053411.