Baylor Theatre to Present 'Annie Get Your Gun'

Feb. 1, 2007

by Katie Brooks, student newswriter, (254) 710-1961

Baylor Theatre will debut Irving Berlin's Tony Award-winning musical, "Annie Get Your Gun," at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8-17 and 2 p.m. Feb. 11 and 18 in the Jones Theatre of the Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center.

A show within a show, the fictional love story between Annie Oakley and Frank Butler is considered Berlin's greatest theatrical achievement. In the musical, the pair meet when Buffalo Bill's traveling Wild West Show comes to town. The play features the popular musical numbers, "Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better," and "There's No Business Like Show Business."

"This is such an all-American success story. We tend to love those rags-to-riches stories in which someone starts with nothing and rises to fame and fortune (and manages to find love along the way)," director Lisa Denman said.

At Baylor, Denman is a lecturer in the theatre arts department, directs and works as a student advisor and recruitment coordinator. She earned a bachelor of arts degree in theatre from Abilene Christian University and a master of fine arts degree in theatre directing from Baylor.

"Audiences will love this production because it's a feel-good type of show for the whole family," said Michael Summers, junior and cast member of the show. Summers will play the role of Charlie Davenport.

Haley Phillips and Austin Terrell will star as Annie Oakley and Frank Butler. Cast members also include Brad Harris, Meredith Owens, Jeff Wisnoski, Mary Laws, Lincoln Thompson and Zach Kelty.

"We've been working for over a month and a half on the show and you will really be able to see that in the production," Summers said.

Tickets are $15 for the general public and $10 for students with a Baylor ID. Tickets are available at the Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center box office and online at www.baylor.edu/Theatre.

For more information, contact the box office at (254) 710-1865 or visit the Baylor Theatre web site, www.baylor.edu/Theatre. The web site includes 15- and 30-second radio spots of "Annie Get Your Gun."

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