College of Fine Arts and Design

Local Stage Favorite Renee Anderson Leads Cast of Summerstock's 'Annie Get Your Gun'

July 7, 2011

Summerstock Productions, in partnership with the University of Central Oklahoma, invites audience to "take a shot" on a "rootin'-tootin" good time in the Wild West with its production of the Irving Berlin classic "Annie Get Your Gun" July 15-17 and 22-24 at Mitchell Hall Theater on Central's campus.           

Performances are 8 p.m. on Fridays, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Saturdays, and 2 p.m. on Sundays.           

Local theater favorite Renee Anderson will portray the title role of the quick-witted sharpshooter Annie Oakley who challenges dashing marksman Frank Butler to be the star of Buffalo Bill's traveling show.  Sparks fly as the competition and romance heat up.  The musical features some of Broadway's most recognized songs including  "There's No Business Like Show Business," "Anything You Can Do," "I Got the Sun In The Morning," and "You Can't Get A Man With A Gun."             

For Anderson, an Edmond native, the production is a return to her theatrical roots.           

"'Annie Get Your Gun' was the first professional production I did when I was 13 at Lyric Theatre. I played Minnie, one of Annie's sister's. That was over 20 years ago, but I remember it like it was yesterday. I learned so many things being involved in that particular show. It holds so many wonderful memories for me and I can't wait to do it again!"           

Anderson continues to perform and teach with Lyric, and has also performed locally with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Oklahoma City Repertory Theater, Carpenter Square Theatre and The Pollard Theatre and starred in regional productions at Dallas Summer Musicals, Kansas City Starlight Theater and Atlanta Theater of the Stars.

"I'm really looking forward to working with Renee.   She is constantly working on show after show and always delivers, no matter what role she plays," said Shannon Hurleigh, Summerstock's artistic director.  

"With her amazing voice and fantastic stage presence, she's sure to nail the title role by, borrowing from one of the show's songs, ‘Doin' What Comes Natur'lly'."  

Ticket prices are $15 for adults and $10 for children for evening shows. Matinees will be $10 for adults and $8 dollars for children. Tickets can be purchased in advance by credit card over the phone by calling the Mitchell Hall Theater box office at (405) 974-3375.  Patrons can pay by credit card, cash or check in person at the Mitchell Hall box office located at the northeast corner of University Drive and Main Street in Edmond.  The box office is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.  Tickets will also be available at the door.           

Summerstock season sponsors for 2011 include the Kerr Foundation Inc, The Edmond Sun, Edmond Life and Leisure, OU Medical Center Edmond and the Edmond Arts and Humanities Council.           

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