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Annie Get Your Gun
ddleback Civic Light Opera presents Equity Guest Artists Victoria Strong and Ron Slanina as Annie Oakley and Frank Butler in Irving Berlin's ANNIE GET YOUR GUN, now playing through July 17, 2005. Sheryl Donchey directs and choreographs this hoop-hollerin' musical adventure, with musical direction by Lee Kreter, music and lyrics by Irving Berlin and a brand new book by Peter Stone based on the original by Herbert and Dorothy Fields. The original Broadway production of ANNIE GET YOUR GUN starred Ethel Merman in the title role and Bernadette Peters in the recent Broadway revival, which had critics and audiences throwing their hats in the air! Librettist Peter Stone has reshaped the original 1946 book to create a Wild West show-within-a-show story of Annie Oakley, one of the world's most famous sharpshooters, and Annie's stormy, competitive relationship with Frank Butler, a dashing vaudeville marksman, as they tour the country as the stars of "Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show." Victoria Strong of Alhambra is making her S.C.L.O. debut as Annie Oakley, a role that she listened to her mother sing growing up. She received a Billy Award for her portrayal of Mother in Moonlight Amphitheatre's award winning production of RAGTIME. She has also played the role of Mother at South Bay C.L.O., Fullerton C.L.O. and most recently for Musical Theatre West. She has received Drama-Logue Awards for Maria (The Sound of Music), Lilly (The Secret Garden), Sarah (Guys & Dolls) and Eleanor (Eleanor: A Musical Love Story). Recently she received an Inland Theatre League Award for her portrayal of Desiree Armfelt in A Little Night Music at Performance Riverside. She toured nationally in Ragtime (Mother) and appeared in regional productions as Kate (Kiss Me Kate), Christine (Phantom Robbie Award), Nettie (Carousel), Mother Abbess (The Sound of Music), Irene Malloy (Hello Dolly!), Margot (The Desert Song), Julie (Carousel), Nancy (Oliver!), Milly (Seven Brides For Seven Brothers), Betty Blake (Will Rogers Follies), Anna (The King & I), Emma (Jekyll & Hyde), Kathy (The Student Prince), Aldonza (Man of La Mancha), Grace (Annie) and Eliza (My Fair Lady.) Ron Slanina of Van Nuys has appeared on Broadway in many shows. Regional appearances include; The Pittsburgh Playhouse, Sawmill Theatre, Three Rivers Shakespeare Festival and West Virginia Public Theatre. His favorite roles are Don Quixote/Lord Byron (Camino Real), Brick (Cat on A Hot Tin Roof), Baby Face (Happy End), Abner (Li'l Abner), Sid (Pajama Game), and Valentine (Two Gentlemen of Verona.) (more) In Los Angeles, Ron received an ADA nomination for Best Actor in a Musical for creating the role of Aaron in Joel Hirschhorn's Musical Chairs. Favorite television appearances include The Drew Carey Show, Murphy Brown, Ellen, and a brief recurring role on Days of Our Lives. Featuring Araceli Applegate of Aliso Viejo, Cari Satre of Anaheim, Gemma Hebson of Capistrano Beach, Kathleen Chen of Cerritos, Kurt Jarrard of Fullerton, Jennifer Eaton and Louie Olivos, Jr. of Garden Grove, Nick Jackson of Huntington Beach, Nickie Gentry of Irvine, Nikki B. Johnson of Laguna Hills, Jonathan Massey of Laguna Niguel, Garrett Blaney of Lake Forest, Norman Wilson of Long Beach, Rick Franklin and Peter Westenhofer of Orange, Andrea Calderon of Pomona, Vincent Goldman of San Clemente, Greg Nicholas and Jon Hyrkas of Santa Ana, Matt Hoglund of Tustin, Heather Youmans of Vista, Mary Murphy-Nelson and Stephen Reifenstein of Westminster, and Jenna Eshom and Kris Huston of Yorba Linda. Annie Get Your Gun's legendary score by Irving Berlin features some of the best songs ever written for the musical theater stage including: "There's No Business Like Show Business," "I Got the Sun in the Morning," "Doin' What Comes Natur'lly," "You Can't Get a Man With a Gun," "They Say It's Wonderful," and "Anything You Can Do." Individual ticket prices are $32 for general admission, $30 for students and seniors, and members of the Angel's organization, and $25 for children 12 and under. Group rates are $27 for groups of twenty or more. For tickets and information, or for a free brochure, calls the Fine Arts Ticket Office at (949) 584-4656 weekdays, noon to 4 p.m. Visa and MasterCard charges are accepted. Read more on the web at www.sclo.org. PERFORMANCES July 1, 2, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, and 16 at 8pm July 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, and 17 at 3pm McKinney Theatre at Saddleback College www.sclo.org (949) 582-46
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