[Images courtesy of Shayne Leslie, WWLT photographer]
Calamity Jane was a favourite movie of mine way back when I was just a young cowgirl, but I’ve never seen the show on stage before so I was eager to see WMTC’s production, and I was absolutely delighted with the performance. This was a show with a little of everything: gun toting cowboys and dashing cavalry officers; whip cracking, lasso spinning cowgirls; can-can dancing saloon girls; coquettish actresses (and actors!) and, of course, the spunky lil lady herself – Calamity Jane. Add to that a string of hit show numbers like The Deadwood Stage, Windy City, The Black Hills of Dakota, Secret Love and so many more and you have a show that’ll plum do the Golden Garter proud! Every effort was made to bring the famous town ofDeadwood to life on the Memorial Hall stage. Even the program was in the style of a jenuwine Black Hills Press newspaper. Everything about the show was colourful, from its sassy title character to the bright costumes and striking sets. A particularly beautiful painted backdrop in the second act depicted theBlack Hills scenery so vividly it made me wish I lived there. Another scene worthy of mention was the clever transformation of Calamity’s cabin, which took place right before our eyes, and I still couldn’t figure out how it was all done! Kudos to Shayne Leslie whose sparkling performance and beautiful voice recreated the well loved personality and stole the show, but she was ably supported by an excellent cast and crew. The long list of production credits is a testament to the teamwork that brought this vibrant and entertaining show to the stage, and congratulations are due to everyone involved.