‘It’s something different’
Published 10:27 pm Tuesday, April 25, 2017
NRHEG will put on Western classic
NEW RICHLAND — NRHEG students will perform the classic musical “Annie Get Your Gun” this weekend.
Performances will begin at 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday at the high school. Admission is $4 for students and $6 for adults.
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The play follows Annie Oakley, played by Maurya Johnson. Oakley, who comes from a rough background, receives the opportunity to shoot against a world-famous sharpshooter, Frank Butler, who is played by Benjamin Lewer. Oakley, who wins the contest, travels the West in a Wild West show, makes a name for herself and falls in love with Butler.
The play is directed by Amanda Inouye. Jennifer Fredrickson is the music director.
Inouye said one of the reasons she brought up the show was because of her enjoyment of the song “Anything I Can Do.” The song was composed by Irving Berlin for the musical.
“I love the song,” she said.
The play is unique, Inouye said.
“You don’t see ‘Annie Get Your Gun’ being done a lot anymore … it’s something different that people can come and see,” she said.
Auditions for the play began in February. Fredrickson thanked community volunteers for their work during the process.
Justin Mortensen, who plays Charlie Davenport in the play, said he is excited for the shows and is looking forward to relieving the stress he feels.
“I think it’s really going to pull together well,” the junior said.
What: “Annie Get Your Gun”
When: 7 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday
Where: NRHEG High School
Cost: $4 for students, $6 for adults
‘Annie Get Your Gun’ cast and crew
Annie Oakley: Maurya Johnson
Frank Butler: Benjamin Lewer
Dolly Tate: Emily Crabtree
Charlie Davenport: Justin Mortensen
Foster Wilson: Jillian Jongbloedt
Col. William F. Cody, otherwise known as Buffalo Bill: Christopher Stenzel
Maj. Gordon Little, also known as Pawnee Bill: Michiah VanSyckle
Chief Sitting Bull: William Rudau
First Boy: Jonah Stafford
Third Girl: Emma Tollefson
Mac: Michelle Katzung
Little Jake: Solveig Stafford
Nellie/Indian: Leah Morstad
Jessie/Indian: Alexandra Combs
Minnie/Indian: Aubrey Johnson
Director: Amanda Inouye
Music director: Jennifer Fredrickson
Accompanist: Jacob Bender
Choreographer: Amanda Inouye
Set design/stage manager: Joy Riihl
Sound technicians: Daniel Petsinger, Josh Inouye
Light technicians: Kallie Spooner, CeCe Torp
Properties: Kristine Johnson
Art specialist: Brenda Kampen
Costumes: Jennifer Fredrickson, Amanda Inouye
Makeup: Micayla Knutson, Karenna Strom
Crew: Ethan Thompson, Cynthia Quezada
Public relations: Deb Bently