Annie Get Your Gun


Real Annie Oakley empowered women

Alexandria Randolph/Highland Lakes Newspapers

Hotel owner Foster Wilson (Managing Editor Lew K. Cohn) is stunned at the shooting prowess of Annie Oakley (Christine Ashbaugh) during a Hill Country Community Theatre performance of Irving Berlin’s “Annie Get Your Gun.” The real Annie Oakley was an empowering figure for American women who, during her heyday, earned more than anyone else in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West except Buffalo Bill Cody himself. 

by Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Highland Lakes Newspapers


For the past few months, my fellow cast and crew at the Hill Country Community Theatre have been recreating the fictionalized story of sharpshooters Annie Oakley and Frank Butler on stage in the Irving Berlin muscial “Annie Get Your Gun.”

The production features some of the most recognizable music in the history of American theater, including the anthemic “There's No Business Like Show Business” and the rousing “Anything You Can Do.”

As of today, July 29, we have three more productions of this show — at 7:30 p.m. tonight and tomorrow, July 30, and at 2:15 p.m. Sunday, July 31 — before we say goodbye to Col. Buffalo Bill Cody's Wild West Show and strike the set.


'Annie Get Your Gun' is on stage at HCCT

Leading roles in 'Annie Get Your Gun,' now playing at Hill Country Community Theater in Cottonwood Shores, are protrayed by, from left, Grace Ann, Jared Fields, Randy L. Hilmer, Valor Fillingim, Christine Ashbaugh, Isabelle Petra Louise, Henry Rowland, Jordan Jones.

The ever-popular musical “Annie Get Your Gun” has been playing to a packed house since opening Thursday, July 21, at Hill Country Community Theatre in Cottonwood Shores.
Performances continue through July 31, with Thursday-Friday-Saturday performances at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2:15 p.m.
Wendy Ferrell is the director of the local production of the fictional account of Annie Oakley, written by Herbert and Dorothy Fields, with music by Irving Berlin.That music has taken on a timeless life in songs such as “There's No Business Like Show Business", "Doin' What Comes Natur'lly", "You Can't Get a Man with a Gun", "They Say It's Wonderful,”  "Anything You Can Do,” and “Sun in the Morning.”

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