“ANNIE GET YOUR GUN” BLASTS ONTO STAGE AT ECU

Chenaniah Heath, who plays Annie Oakley, poses with Conner Putegnat, who plays Frank Butler, in East Central University’s production of “Annie Get Your Gun,” set for three performances at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 12-14, at the Ataloa Theatre of the Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center. Heath is from Poteau and Putegnat is from Brownsville, Texas. Tickets are $10 for adults, $9 for senior citizens and non-ECU students. ECU alumni receive a $1 discount and admission is free for all ECU students, faculty and staff with ID. For tickets go to tickets.ecok.edu, or email at boxoffice@ecok.edu . The ECU box office can also be contacted by phone at 580-559-5751 between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The East Central University Departments of Theatre and Music will present three performances of Irving Berlin’s “Annie Get Your Gun”, at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 12-14, in the Ataloa Theatre of the Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $9 for senior citizens and non-ECU students. ECU alumni receive a $1 discount and admission is free for all ECU students, faculty and staff. For tickets go to tickets.ecok.edu, or email at boxoffice@ecok.edu . The ECU box office can also be contacted by phone at 580-559-5751 between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

“Annie Get Your Gun” is the story of Annie Oakley, a homely country girl, who finds herself head over heels in love with Frank Butler, a sharpshooter in the famous Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. Buffalo Bill and his show manager, Charlie Davenport, talk Annie into joining the show.

As Annie gains recognition and stardom, she loses favor with Frank, and he’s the reason she wanted to entertain in the first place. In a jealous rage, Frank quits The Wild West Show and join’s Buffalo Bill’s competition, Pawnee Bill’s Wild West Show.

After traveling the world and entertaining all nations, Buffalo Bill announced that The Wild West Show is broke and a plan is put into motion to merge with Pawnee Bill’s show in New York City. Annie has one shot to get her man back and, in the end, Annie finally learns that “You can’t get a man with a gun.”

The production is under the direction of Vickie Reifsnider and the music director is Rudy Lupinski.

The list of cast members include: Alan Marshall, of Ada, as Buffalo Bill Cody; Mark Teal, Ada, as Charlie Davenport; Conner Putegnat, Brownsville, Texas, as Frank Butler; Chenaniah Heath, Poteau, as Annie Oakley; Deidre Pennington, Ada, as Dolly Tate; Allie Bush, Sapulpa, as Lovely Lola; Annette Lorraine Wright, Okmulgee, as Darling Darla; Keegan Buckaloo, Sallisaw, as Tommy Keeler; Cassidy Wilcox, Noble, as Winnie Tate; Christopher McClendon, Ada, as Chief Sitting Bull and Kane Berry, Shawnee, as Pawnee Bill.

Additional cast members include: Trey Shofner, Ada, as Mac; Chad Woods, Stratford, as Foster Wilson; Kyla Mitchell, Fitzhugh, as Nellie Oakley; Paige Piper, Ada, as Jessie Oakley; Silas Elliott, Ada, as Jake Oakley; Morgan Urlaub, Ada, as Running Dear; Ava Bolin, Ada, as Chumani; Jessica Bolin, Ada, as Weeko; Bessie-Mei Soh, Stratford, as Raven Feather; Alyssa James, Ada, as Crying Rain; Shelby Davis, Ada, as Daisy; Annabelle Elliott, Ada, as Shyan and Bri Iorga, Ada, as Indian.

Playing the three Debutants are Danielle Haynes, Glenpool; Makaila Rodrigurez, Lawton and Ashley Tucker, Sasakwa. Amber McClendon, Ada, will play Mrs. Sylvia Potter-Porter. Nicole Erwin, Ada, will portray Mrs. Shuyler Adams and is the stage manager. Courtland Teal, Ada, will play the Messenger. Dalton Cummins, Ada, will portray the Sleeping Car Porter and the Dining Car Waitresses will be played by Serena Elliott, Ada, and Abbey Black, Ada.

The lights will be handled by Merrie Williams Palmer and Mason Gibson.

 

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