Tuesday, March 13, 2007
Rest in peace, Betty Hutton.
Betty Hutton's turn as Annie Oakley in the film version of Annie Get Your Gun was such an inspiration for me when I unexpectedly found myself in the same role on a local stage last summer. I loved her wonderfully goofy presence, her no-holds-barred performance.
A friend recently forwarded me some photos from the dress rehearsal--I didn't have any pictures from the show at all, and haven't seen a copy of the dvd yet, so it is wonderful to relive memories of the experience. In one of these photos, I'm my country bumpkin self handily winning a shooting contest (I'm the one crouching with the rifle near the back of the stage--something you probably wouldn't expect to see a peace activist do!) In the other, I'm at a ball in my honor; in that number ("Sun in the Morning and the Moon at Night"), I got to dance on a table and get lifted in the air and carried all around--great fun! The whole experience has felt like a dream to me; it's good to see these pictures and remember it really happened.