Posting Date: October 6, 2010
KSU presents classic musical “Annie Get Your Gun”
Performance to feature popular songs
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KENNESAW, Ga.—The Kennesaw State University Department of Theatre, Performance Studies & Dance will present “Annie Get Your Gun” at the Stillwell Theater Oct. 19-24. The performance, directed by guest artist Cat Mew and co-produced with the School of Music, will feature hit songs such as “There’s No Business like Show Business,” “Doin’ What Comes Natur’lly” and “You Can’t Get a Man with a Gun.”
Assistant Professor Jane Barnette describes the show as “upbeat and nostalgic overall. You’re seeing a little bit of American history being encapsulated.”
“Every year we offer a musical theatre performance, and we rotate between classic musicals, or golden-age musicals, and more contemporary ones. Last season we did ‘Batboy,’ which is a more contemporary musical, so this year we wanted something that would expose students in the musical theatre ensemble to the golden age part of the genre,” explains Barnette.
The KSU performance of "Annie Get Your Gun" is "the revised version,” Barnette says. "It's a new script by Peter Stone and what’s different about it is that it features a play within a play."
Barnette explains that “one of the big questions director Cat Mew and I talked about during the dramaturgical process is how Annie Oakley is remembered by the public versus how she is portrayed onstage and on the screen, and those two things are not necessarily the same. But we don't always have to be true to life, the musical invites us to consider that more fully. By presenting Oakley’s story as a play-within-a-play, Stone allows spectators to consider the process—not just the product—of shaping a legend."
The Tuesday through Saturday performances will take place at 8 p.m. and the Sunday performance will begin at 2 p.m. Tickets for the performances are $18. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the KSU box office or call 770-423-6650.
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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering more than 70 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including new doctorates in education, business and nursing. A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing student population of more than 22,500 from 142 countries.
The KSU College of the Arts is one of only four Georgia institutions to have achieved full national accreditation for all of its arts departments.