March 8, 2016
Susan Goes, Executive Director, 541-942-8001
Annie Get Your Gun opens April 8 at Cottage Theatre
Cottage Grove, OR — Cottage Theatre continues its 2016 season in April with a family-friendly musical comedy classic. Annie Get Your Gun features the music and lyrics of Irving Berlin, with original book by Herbert & Dorothy Fields, as revised by Peter Stone. Cottage Theatre's production of Annie Get Your Gun opens April 8 and runs for four weekends through May 1.
Irving Berlin's Annie Get Your Gun first opened at the Imperial Theatre on May 16, 1946, and ran for 1,147 performances. It was the third-longest running musical of the 1940s and the biggest Broadway hit of Ethel Merman's prolific career. In 1999, Peter Stone took this well-loved classic and updated the script while maintaining all the humor, quality, and zeal of the original production. Stone reshaped the original 1946 classic to create a Wild West show-within-a-show that frames the ageless "Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better" love story of Annie Oakley and rival marksman Frank Butler. All of the favorite Irving Berlin songs from the original score remain, including that enduring favorite, "There’s No Business Like Show Business."
Cottage Theatre's production of Annie Get Your Gun is directed and designed by Tony Rust, with music direction by Keri Davis, and choreography by Janet Rust. Costume design is by Marjorie Steen, and lighting design is by Amanda Ferguson. This production features Stephanie Newman in her Cottage Theatre debut as ever-spunky Annie Oakley, and Ward Fairbairn as the charismatic Frank Butler. They are joined on stage by Madison Baker, Sophie Blades, Bradyn Debysingh, Bob Ewing, Kate Fairbairn, Dale Flynn, Bil Morrill, Isaiah Tichenor, and Maia Wilhour in featured roles; along with a supporting ensemble of cowboys, cowgirls, society ladies, and foreign heads of state in this large cast of lively and captivating characters.
Annie Get Your Gun runs for fifteen performances at Cottage Theatre from April 8 - May 1. Performances are Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00 pm, and Sunday afternoons at 2:30 pm.
Tickets are available online at www.cottagetheatre.org, by phone at 541-942-8001, or in person at the Cottage Theatre Box Office, 700 Village Drive, Cottage Grove. Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for youth (age 6 to 18). Box Office hours are Wednesday through Friday, 10 am to 2 pm, and one hour before performances. Advance purchase is recommended.