Wednesday 16 October 2019

Stage set for Calamity Jane

The cast of Calamity Jane, the western musical which is running nightly at Gorey Little Theatre this week until Saturday, April 13
The cast of Calamity Jane, the western musical which is running nightly at Gorey Little Theatre this week until Saturday, April 13

Cathy Lee

Members of the Gorey Musical Society take to this stage nightly from 8 p.m. at Gorey Little Theatre this week for the production of the western saloon stylings in the musical, Calamity Jane.

Based on the real life story of the wild west cowgirl, the large cast will transport an audience to the windy city of Chicago to follow the life of Calamity Jane, with a lot of laughs, singing and dancing along the way.

The tale that has stood the test of time, tells of the adventures of Calamity Jane after she travels to Chicago on the Deadwood Stage to recruit a star, Adelaid Adams, played by Erin Hogan. The show that is just under two hours in length is directed by Chris Currid and Conor McCarthy, with choreographer Clodagh Leacy and set construction carried out by Paul Doran, Frank Byrne and co. Musical numbers include 'Black Hills of Dakota', 'Everyone Complains About the Weather', 'Careless with the Truth' and 'The Windy City'.

Lyndsey Tyndall, who plays the title character Calamity Jane, said that it has been a busy three months for the cast in preparing for the production. Coming to Gorey from the windy city herself, Lyndsey said that she has experience a huge welcome to Gorey as a newcomer from the USA. Alongside Lydnsey's rough and tumble tomboy character is the wild Bill Hickok, the secret love interest of Calamity Jane, played by John Young. Lyndsey explained that the cast have put a lot of work in and what she is looking forward to the most is singing the song 'I Just Blew In From the Windy City' as there is one lyric that goes 'The windy city is mighty pretty but it ain't got what we got' and that is how she feels about Gorey since she moved here. She added that she has been blown away by the talent in Gorey, as she had not realised that Gorey was such a theatre town.

Conor McCarthy is the Musical Director said he said rehearsals this time were 'More intense than usual' but everyone is well rehearsed and very excited, and that there's a great buzz in the air already. He said that there are about 40 members of the chorus and that the stage is packed to the brim for a 'very lively action packed show'. In terms of the acting, Conor described the show as a 'big community show' with a new wave of talent taking to the stage, with people taking on roles who are from around North Wexford as well as Arklow. He added that the chorus 'Have a big role to play in the plot' as they all have their own character roles in the saloon setting.

Sure to be great entertainment, tickets can be purchased online at society or from the box office at Gorey Little Theatre, open 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Tuesday nights show is €12, while all other nights Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday is €16.

Gorey Guardian