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Choreographer Tamera Young talks about Annie Get Your Gun at Hale Centre Theatre

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Irving Berlin's Annie Get Your Gun is the latest classic musical to light up the stage at the Hale Centre Theatre in Gilbert's Historic District. This delightful production, directed by Tregoney Shepperd and choreographed by Tamera Young, is charming audiences anew, now through August 28.

The Examiner reviewed the show, stating, “....Annie Get Your Gun is a colorful, splashy, musically astounding extravaganza that is the perfect summer entertainment for the entire family.”

Tamera Young is making her Arizona choreography debut with Annie Get Your Gun at Hale Center Theatre. Ms. Young has traveled the country, choreographing for everything from small dance companies to sold out stadium shows and everything in between.  


Choreographer Tamera Young

The Examiner recently talked to Ms. Young about her experience and experiences choreographing Annie Get Your Gun for the Hale Theatre.

Q: Everyone knows Annie Get Your Gun. How will you approach choreographing such an iconic musical?

A: My approach to the show is very character based. I studied the script, re-reading it several times. All my choreographic ideas came from the characters. How would they move? How would they react to song and situation? Like you said, there are so many iconic musical theater songs in this show. I wanted to make it all appear fresh and lively. The Hale Theatre has such a diverse audience. You have the older generation that still remembers Ethel Merman, so identified with the role of Annie. I wanted to keep some of the choreography as an homage to Annie Get Your Gun's place in the Golden Age of musicals. Of course, you have a newer, younger generation of theatergoers who are more used to Wicked and RENT. So I wanted some of the choreography to cater to them as well, including more contemporary steps. 


Matt Crosby (Frank Butler) & Erica Smith (Annie)

Q: Is there any one choreographer who has influenced your work?

A: There's actually two and they are total opposites in style. Gene Kelly! I just love his choreography, the athleticism of it. On the flip side, I love Bob Fosse.

Q: Do you have any favorites among the shows you've done?

A: I have two favorites that I have choreographed, Anything Goes and Singin' in the Rain. I love tap dancing and I love choreographing tap shows.

Q: What was it about those two shows that made you fall in love with them?

A: Obviously, the tap dancing! I love their stories. I simply love the classic musicals. That's what drew me to Annie Get Your Gun as well. It's the age old story: boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy gets girl. 


Alex Gonzalez (Chief Sitting Bull) & Skyler Bean (Charlie Davenport)

Q: Do you have a wish list for shows that you have not choreographed?

A: I would love to do Crazy For You, again a tap show. I would also love to choreograph Chicago.

Q: What's next for you?

A: This is my first choreography job here in Arizona. I have a degree in musical theater and perform as well as choreograph. I really don't know what the future holds for me here. It could be performing or choreographing. I love working with the Hale Theatre. I was in last season's production of Guys and Dolls in the ensemble. That was my very first show in Arizona.


Katie Cook, Emily Doering & Alyson Friesen

Q: What other shows have you performed in?

A: Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Crazy for you, The Unsinkable Molly Brown and Jekyll and Hyde come to mind but there are so many more.

If you would like to read The Examiner interview with director Tregoney Shepperd, please click on the title: Director Tregoney Shepperd takes aim at Annie Get Your Gun at Hale Centre Theatre.

To read The Examiner's complete review of Annie Get Your Gun, please click on the title: Annie Get Your Gun reviewed at Hale Centre Theatre.

All graphic artwork and photos by Wade Moran courtesy of Hale Centre Theatre.

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For more information about Annie Get Your Gun's performance schedules and/or ticket prices and availability, please contact Hale Centre Theatre directly eitherON LINE or the box office at (480)-497-1181.

Hale Centre Theatre 50 West Page Ave, Gilbert 85233

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