Romiley Operatic Society deliver a sure-fire hit

Romiley Operatic Society’s production of ‘Annie Get Your Gun’ is proving a sure fire hit at The Plaza Theatre, Stockport.

Irving Berlin’s musical is a fantastic toe tapper about the famous, gun slinging showgirl ‘Annie Oakley’.

The society’s production has been receiving rapturous applause as they belt out popular musical numbers such as ‘There’s No Business Like Show Business’, ‘Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better’, ‘Sun in the Morning’ plus many, many more catchy show tunes which will have you singing them all the way home.

Michael Jones-McCaw, who works with Mossley-based Next Generation Youth theatre, returns to direct with huge flair and finesse to ensure a confident, colourful and highly entertaining production.

Musical director Claire Sweeney conducts the orchestra to ensure this show is every bit the good old-fashioned smash it is meant to be.

While choreographer Tracy Harper has brought professional and complex routines to every corner of the (very large) Plaza as the dancers grace the stage.

From the showgirls of Buffalo Bill’s touring team to the ballrooms of New York and plenty more in between, the show is a positive feast of dance.

The highly accomplished Gary Jones-MCaw (above) steps into the lead male role of Frank Butler.

The Next Generation Youth Theatre artistic director, who has played lead roles with many societies, effortlessly brings Frank to life and has a simply wonderful singing voice.

Kate Shaw is Annie and this is her first leading lady role – but you would certainly never know it.

Kate is a gifted – and indeed award-winning singer – and possesses a natural ability to act and dance.

Her Annie, complete with American drawl, is simply mesmerising with many of her numbers bringing the house down – and you really could listen to her all night.

An accomplished cast with a whole range of experience from across the local am dram scene all combine to create a highly polished production – and all maintain their American accents throughout.

The hard work, dedication and above all natural talent shine through for a night of high entertainment everyone is guaranteed to enjoy.

Catch ‘Annie Get Your Gun’ until this Saturday, March 17, at The Plaza Theatre, Stockport.

Tickets are available on 0161 442 3669 (no booking fee) or from the Plaza Box Office (booking fee applies). Special rates are available for groups of 10 or more.

You can read more about the show at

The Society is proud to be supporting the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity this year, and is also delighted to announce that they will be bringing the regional amateur premiere of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang to the stage in August.

MAIN PICTURE: Kate Shaw as Annie and Gary Jones-McCaw as Frank.

Review by Nigel Skinner

Pictures courtesy Martin Ogden