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Whip crack away - Calamity Jane’s in town!

MAN TALK...Bill (Giles Murray) and the boys have a quiet word while Calamity Jane (Juliana Ayton) looks on. Photo: Liam Porter

MAN TALK...Bill (Giles Murray) and the boys have a quiet word while Calamity Jane (Juliana Ayton) looks on. Photo: Liam Porter

Letterkenny Musical Society’s eagerly anticipated production of Calamity Jane opens tonight at An Grianán Theatre, Letterkenny.

Derry Rose Julianna Ayton puts in a cracking performance as the gun-totin’, sharp-shootin’ tomboy whose really a romantic at heart.

She’s joined by a great cast of veterans and new faces. Under the keen eye of Director Billy Patterson and Producer Noel O’Donnell, the energetic and talented bunch of singers, actors and comedians have put together a version of Calamity Jane that nobody will want to miss.

The versatile and accomplished singer and actor Giles Murray, who has had a number of starring roles with LMS over the years, plays Wild Bill Hickock, with Joe Harley taking on the role of Lieutenant Danny Gilmartin.

Although the stage show is similar in story to the well-known movie, there are many more musical and indeed visual treats in store for the audience, not least of which are the four Can-Can girls, who may well actually steal the show with their on-stage antics!

The much admired Adelaide Adams is gloriously portrayed by Nicola McBride, who played the lead role as Nancy in Oliver last year, while her maid Katie Brown, who causes much confusion and finds herself in the Golden Garter in Deadwood as Adelaide Adams, is played brilliantly by Ríana Lynch.

Of course that isn’t the only case of confused identity in the show, and Donal Kavanagh is simply superb as Saloon owner Henry Miller, first thrown into a frenzy by the arrival of Francis - not Frances! - Fryer (expertly played by Niall McDonagh), and then by the revelation that Katie Brown is not, in fact, who his customers thought she was.

His fears are eased, though, by his niece Susan, a role mastered with ease by newcomer Maire O’Donnell, who has demonstrated such talent in her first show with the group that she was also handed the demanding task of being Calamity’s understudy, too.

All of this is played out to the sounds of some of the most amazing musical harmonies you’re likely to hear in a stage show, harmonies once again creatively sewn together by musical director Gerard Bradley.

Throw in the humour and the vibrant dancing sensationally brought together by choreographer Maria Rushe and it’s easy to see that there’s a real treat in store in An Grianán Theatre this week.

Tickets for this must-see musical, which continues through to Saturday night, are from An Grianán Box Office on 074 912 0777 or online at angrianan.com.

 

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