|By Charity Apple, Times-News, Burlington, N.C.|
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He will play the rough-and-tumble sharpshooter in the Gallery Players' first production of the 2014-15 season,
Wilkerson, who is originally from
"(This show) has put my stamina to the test," Wilkerson said.
He's also learned that the beloved songs "There's No Business Like Show Business," "Anything I Can Do, You Can Do Better" and "Moonshine Lullaby" originated in this musical.
"It's a great opportunity to learn and enjoy these tunes," he said of the show.
"It's a great script," Morgan said. "And it's a different experience in theater than just actors on stage the whole time.
Morgan is a professional actor and teaches musical theater at
Of "Annie Get Your Gun," he said "there are no big, colorful sets. It's a bare bones set -- think
"This show has challenged me in unexpected ways. First, I never thought I would need to learn tricks with a rifle. Second, as a classically trained vocalist, it was difficult to find ways to include the dialect and style of the Wild West vernacular in the beautifully composed score. I took special care to make Annie's speaking voice and her singing voice match so that it would not sound like two different people," she said.
There are so many "characters" in this show and Sitting Bull is definitely one of those. Claire "C.J." King, who plays Sitting Bull, said through research, she discovered that the Native American was "proud, strong, wise and very protective of Annie; he sees her weaknesses." Morgan, she said, has been willing to tweak the show a bit.
"Perry is fun to work with and very innovative. He knows his theater and loves little line add-ons and bits. He knows the show and he knows theater. Look at me, I'm cast as a male and he has a 92-year-old man cast as a little boy."
"I think my favorite motto that I've gotten from this show is 'aim high and you'll always hit. This has been true both for the show, and our rehearsal process, as we have been forced to always try newer and better things and constantly think far outside the box."
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