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SECT presents: “Annie Get Your Gun”

As they did 20 years ago

July 5, 2012
By Fritz Busch - Staff Writer , The Journal

SLEEPY EYE - Sleepy Eye Community Theater (SECT) celebrates 20 years of production this summer with Irving Berlin's "Annie Get Your Gun" July 12-15 in the Sleepy Eye St. Mary's Auditorium.

Formed in 1992, Sleepy Eye Community Theater performed the same production in 1993 that included four people that remain active in the organization today.

Past SECT products were Love Rides the Rails, The King and I, Arsenic and Old Lace, Guys and Dolls, You Can't Take It With You, Oklahoma, A Christmas Carol, The Sound of Music, On Golden Pond, Oliver!, Nunsense, Damn Yankees, Nunsense II, Snow White, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Web of Murder, Godspell, and REZA, Illusionist.

Article Photos

Staff photo by Fritz Busch

From left, Frank Butler (Kent Menzel), Charlie Davenport (George Hirschboeck), Annie Oakley (Janet Holm), and Buffalo Bill Cody (Larry Hansen) are just part of the “Annie Get Your Gun” cast.

"The show overflows with high energy, memorable songs, strong visuals and several dramatic surprises," said Director/Choreographer Gary Sassenberg. "It's well worth attending," he added.

The show's cast of elementary, high school and college students, working professionals and other community members began rehearsing in April.

"Annie Get Your Gun" originally opened on Broadway in 1946 and has had several successful revivals.

Fact Box

If you go:

Who: Public

What: Sleepy Eye Community Theater presents Irving Berlin's "Annie Get Your Gun"

When: 7:30 p.m., Thursday-Friday July 12-13, 2 p.m. Sunday, July 15

Where: Sleepy Eye St. Mary's Auditorium

Tickets: Advanced reserve sale through July 11, adults $10, students $8, children $6, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday-Friday, Room 109, Sleepy Eye High School. General admission tickets available at the door or call 794-7873.

The show is about a real American history character, Annie Oakley. It includes musical favorites like "There's No Business Like Show Business, Doin' What Comes Naturally, You Can't Get a Man With a Gun, and Anything You Can Do."

The show is presented through special arrangements with Rodgers and Hammerstein Theatricals. The original book was written by Herbert and Dorothy Fields and revised by Peter Stone.


The cast in order of appearance includes:

Frank ButlerKent Menzel

Buffalo Bill BodyLarry Hanson

Dolly TateBrianna Jensen

Tommy KeillerChris Seifert

Winnie TateAmy Surprenant

Charlie DavenportGeorge Hirschboeck

Foster WilsonTucker Schuster

Chief Sitting BullJoe Berdan

Annie OakleyJanet Holm

NellieCallie Bohnen

Little JackieKatelyn Rutscher

Running DeerNathan McMullen

Eagle FeatherWyatt Smitt

Mrs. Sylvia Potter-PorterLaura Laechel

Mrs. Schuyler AdamsMeggan Hoffmann

MessengerCori Deming

Featured DancersChristiane Berdan, Wyatt Smith

Ensembles: Isaac Nelson, Josh Menzel, Wyatt Smith, Rachel Schroeder, Ellie Menzel, Misty Schwab, Cassie Smith, Christiane Berdan, Emily Rutscher, Bailey Rutscher, Cori Demming, Mary Kissner, Meggan Hoffmann, Laura Laechel, Stefanie Havemeier, Elizabeth Melville, Paige Walter.

Youth Ensemble: Maya Nelson, Abbie Riederer, Lauren Klein, Morgan Klein, Molly Landkammer.

Gary SassenbergDirector/Choreographer

Mary Kay DeMarisVocal Director

OrchestraCarol, Gerry Larson

SECT board members: Sandy Brinkman, Pat Stevermer, Tracy Meyer, Nicole Paulson, Sharon Carr, Julie Neubauer, LuAnn Julien, Carol Carlson.

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