CALAMITY Jane – dresses like a man, totes a gun and drives the Deadwood City stagecoach.
Doesn’t sound the most glamorous part to play, but that’s the description of the role Hollywood music and movie icon Doris Day, loved best.
Anyone who has seen Calamity Jane on stage or screen will understand what she’s talking about. Put quite simply, it’s special, which is why Louth Playgoers are staging their very own version of this timeless musical classic next week.
The original appeal of, and inspiration for, Calamity Jane back in the 1950s sprung from the success three years earlier of Annie Get Your Gun, which was loosely based on the life of sharp-shooter Annie Oakley.
Calamity is based on another real-life Wild West legend, Martha Jane Cannary Burke, who lived between 1853 and 1903.
Interestingly, Pip Lill-Molly, who played Annie in the Louth Playgoers’ production in 2008, is directing Calamity Jane.
Pip has gathered together a strong cast to deliver the amazing collection of memorable songs for which the musical is well-known. Deadwood Stage, Windy City and Black Hills of Dakota are just a handful of them, with Secret Love perhaps the most romantic of them all.
The voice of Calamity Jane is therefore pivotal to the success of the production and, for that reason, Laura Burns has been cast as the well-meaning, but disaster-prone tomboy, who finally blossoms into a woman destined to find her true love.
Laura last appeared on the Riverhead stage in January’s production of Jack and the Beanstalk, proving her aptitude for comedy, as well as singing.
And Calamity Jane is certainly a comedy, hilarious at times, but with many tender moments, making it a general all-round family feel-good piece of musical theatre.
Performance dates are Wednesday, May 18 through to Saturday, May 28, but with no performance on Sunday, May 22.
Call the box office on 01507 600350 for ticket information, or visit www.louthplaygoers.co.uk .