MNU Presents Annie Get Your Gun Oct. 31-Nov. 2

By Katy Ward
October 2, 2013
MNU Presents Annie Get Your Gun Oct. 31-Nov. 2

"Annie Get Your Gun" is MNU’s fall musical, Oct. 31-Nov. 2. Filled with sharp shooting antics, trick shots and energetic choreography, it’s a real Wild West show.

Based on the real life story of Annie Oakley, this late 1800’s romantic comedy tells the story of Annie as she joins Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. Annie, who is the best shot around, falls in love with the shooting ace Frank Butler, who headlines the show. After beating Frank for the show’s main attraction, Frank leaves to join a rival show. Finally, Annie and Frank are pitted against one another for a final shoot-out.

MNU Theatre director, Heather Tinker, said “while this show is based on real people, it is somewhat fictionalized. It’s going be such a fun and exciting show!”

Tinker opened auditions for the show to members of the Olathe community, as well as MNU students. Tinker, who earned her master’s in theatre from the University of Kansas, said “The actors from the community have an interesting mix; some have a lot of experience with organizations such as Theatre in the Park or KC Reps, while some have no experience at all.”

MNU students play the lead roles; Rebekah Bruton as Annie Oakley, Garrete Stalder as Frank Butler, Steve Libick as Buffalo Bill, and Samuel Crandall as Chief Sitting Bull. Other characters include Amanda Dulny as Winnie Tate, Jacob James as Charlie Davenport, Alexis Gonzalez as Dolly Tate, John Ras as Pawnee Bill, and Sam Deveney as Tommy Keeler.

Choreographed by Jay Coombs, and accompanied by an orchestra compiled of MNU band and orchestra members, the show features a number of boot stompin’ dance routines and other routines such as waltzing and an Irish jig.

Julia Ras, the costume designer, is outfitting the characters in Wild West attire, including lots of plaid and cowboy boots. This show will be Ras’ fourth show at MNU. Kelly Freund, the technical director, has been with MNU’s Theatre Department for several years and will be doing all the technical work.

Annie Get Your Gun is presented in one matinee on Nov. 2 at 2 p.m. and at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 31-Nov. 2. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and $5 for students.

MNU’s Associate Student Government (ASG) is partnering with the Bell Center box office to promote the opening night play. Any current MNU student in a western costume will be admitted FREE to the play (ASG will pay for those tickets) and every student who attends will receive a raffle ticket for a FREE ipad mini. The drawing will be held in the lobby after the play and the student must be present to win. The senior class is also sponsoring a post-play costume party in Land Gym after the raffle drawing.

To reserve tickets or for more information contact the Bell Center box office at (913) 971-3636 or e-mail bellboxoffice@mnu.edu. You may also reserve tickets online at http://bellcenter.mnu.edu. Bell Cultural Events Center is Olathe’s premier venue for the performing arts. Bell Center activities are listed online at www.mnu.edu/bellcenter.