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The Christendom Players brought the Broadway hit musical Annie Get Your Gun to life onstage this past weekend, April 21-April 23, 2023.

The Christendom Players brought the Broadway hit musical Annie Get Your Gun to life onstage this past weekend, April 21-23, 2023. Filled with popular songs, including “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” and “Anything You Can Do (I Can Do Better),” the college’s annual spring musical provided a weekend of entertainment for the local community, helping to showcase the best theatrical talent Christendom has to offer.

Directed by alumna Elizabeth Foeckler and co-directed by alumna Anne Sullivan, Annie Get Your Gun combined elaborate choreography with well-known musical numbers as students told the fictionalized story of the life of Annie Oakley. Based on the hit Broadway show, Annie Get Your Gun focuses on Oakley’s time as a sharpshooter in Buffalo Bill’s Wild Wild West and her romance with Frank Butler. The show starred seniors Zoe Grimm and Michael Blank in the lead roles, with their performances contributing to one of the best shows from the Christendom Players yet.

Directed by alumna Elizabeth Foeckler and co-directed by alumna Anne Sullivan, Annie Get Your Gun combined elaborate choreography with well-known musical numbers as students told the fictionalized story of the life of Annie Oakley.

Directed by alumna Elizabeth Foeckler and co-directed by alumna Anne Sullivan, Annie Get Your Gun combined elaborate choreography with well-known musical numbers as students told the fictionalized story of the life of Annie Oakley (center, performed by Zoe Grimm).

“This musical was great for a number of reasons,” said Foeckler. “Firstly, two of the three seniors involved played the leads. Many of the other cast members, particularly the men, were freshmen. I think it’s nice when it works out that way — the younger actors have these great role models to look up to and learn from through the process. Plus, it’s an exciting thing, being able to look forward to this group of younger actors refining their skills and hopefully taking the stage as leads someday.”

While Christendom does not have a fine arts major, the college offers numerous opportunities for students to showcase their talents, including through the Christendom Players productions. For Foeckler, Annie Get Your Gun was a perfect showcase for the college’s many talented actors and actresses, and another example of their ability to come together to make something beautiful for the community.

Senior Michael Blank starred as Frank Butler.

Senior Michael Blank starred as Frank Butler.

“At a lot of other places that perform musicals, they often have departments for each of the different areas involved,” explained Foeckler. “While we do musicals and plays here at Christendom, it’s from the standpoint of a club, so we don’t have all these other different departments, resources, and people who are always assigned to these jobs. We rely solely on the talents and commitment of the people who volunteer their time and effort. Students are the ones designing the poster art, students are the ones making the program, students are the ones playing the roles, doing the hair and makeup, stage crew, and tech crew, and all of that.  Because of the fact that it’s all the students doing it, they’re really invested and they’re working together on this project. It’s what makes the experience so special: everyone is putting a lot of effort and time into something together. It becomes an important shared experience, which is why I think there’s such a connection between each cast member.”

The musical also marked the final show for Sullivan, who has co-directed numerous productions for Christendom. Her passion for the Christendom Players impacted the student club for the better, resulting in elaborate productions that wowed audiences year after year.

The musical also marked the final show for Sullivan (right), who has co-directed numerous productions for Christendom.

The musical also marked the final show for Sullivan (right), who has co-directed numerous productions for Christendom.

“Annie has done so much for the Christendom Players the last few years; she’s served as head choreographer for three musicals and been assistant director for several shows,” concluded Foeckler. “The students really look up to her, and with good reason. She is such a great example of giving of yourself to your community and offering your gifts and talents in service to others. She is such a beautiful person, inside and out, and a great example of a strong woman of God. The Christendom Players have been so blessed to have had her involved the last few years.”

The Christendom Players are a student-run group that performs two theatrical productions a year, once in the fall and once in the spring. In the past, the group has performed Les MiserablesThe CrucibleThe Drowsy ChaperoneMurder on the Nile, Hello, Dolly!, Anything Goes, The Music Man, and other acclaimed productions.

See more pictures from the production here.

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