Cast set for last MLT play of season

By Staff
special to The Star
March 24, 2002
The cast is set for Irving Berlin's award winning musical "Annie Get Your Gun," which will close Meridian Little Theatre's 69th season with a run starting May 2 and ending May 8.
Angela White and Earl Aycock Jr. will co-star as the famous fighting-and-loving, real-life show couple.
White will play the role of the fastest female markswoman of her day. The role was originated on Broadway by Ethel Merman; it was brought back to life last year by Nashville queen Reba McEntire.
White drew local acclaim last year when she played Patsy Cline in "Always Patsy Cline." She lives in Quitman with her family and is employed by the Quitman School System as an interpreter for the hearing impaired.
Earl Aycock Jr. will co-star as Frank Butler, the good-natured hunk with a bit of a swagger. Aycock is the co-owner of a local insurance company and sings in the choir First Baptist Church. He has starred in many MLT productions.
The part of the high-spirited show girl of the Wild West show who gets her share of knocks went to Jennifer Williams, a newcomer to the local stage. Williams and her husband, who is an executive with the Norfolk-Southern Railway, recently moved to Meridian from the Memphis area.
Tom Fair will portray Col. William Cody (Buffalo Bill) the owner of the Wild West show. Fair, a local business man with the Federal Aviation Administration, has previously appeared in several theater and church productions.
David Miller will play Chief Sitting Bull, the native American with a great business sense and a likable winning way. Miller, a veteran of many plays, is with the Mississippi Regional Housing Authority in Newton.
The part of Charlie, the fast-talking manager of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, went to Brad Matherine. Matherine, another veteran of MLT productions, is employed at WMDM and WGBC-TV.
Derek Pouncy won the role of Pawnee Bill, owner of a competing Wild West Show. He is on the coaching staff at Meridian High School and is director of the MHS Wildcat players.
The comic role of Mrs. Peter Potter went to Leigh White, a doctor with The Foot Clinic of Meridian.
David Parker, a student at West Lauderdale Middle School, will play Mac, the publicity boy for the Wild West Show. Jake Mardis, a student at MCC, will play hotel owner Wilson.
Annie's brother and three sisters will be played by Austin Bond, a member of the Neshoba Baptist Youth Group Drama team, and Sarah Fair, Jennie Fisher and Morgan Patterson. All have been in MLT Youth productions or attended the theater's summer workshop.
Chorus members include: Brandon Johnson, Scott Brinkley, Robbie Followell, Anthony Meadows, Michael Burke, Elizabeth Thomas, Carmen Giles, Kelly Hall, Taylor Cumberland, Jennifer Ethridge, Jessica Love, Amy Poole, Nichole Sanders, Christine Webster, Ann Wiggins, Karie Woodall, Jenny Dye, Laura Kittrell and Jeanne Kratzer.
This production will be offered as a "Bonus Play," entitling those wishing to buy 2002-2003 season tickets to see "Annie Get Your Gun" for half-price. Tickets are $18 for adults and $16 for senior citizens, military and students.
The MLT Box Office is open 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, call 482-6371.

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