ANNIE GET YOUR GUN scored a bulls eye when it returned to Broadway in 1999, starring Bernadette Peters and sporting a revised libretto by Tony, Oscar and Emmy winner Peter Stone. As Newsday reported, Stone's revisions "are sweetly ingenious, and the show is a dream." Stone reshaped the 1946 book to create a Wild West show-within-a-show that frames the ageless "Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better" love story of sharpshooters Annie Oakley and Frank Butler. Stone has added a secondary romance between the younger sister of Frank's bothersome assistant Dolly, and a boy who is (to Dolly's horror) part Native American. "The book has been updated in ways that pass p.c. muster," reported Time Magazine, "without losing all the fun." Joined to the new book, of course, is that amazing Irving Berlin score, featuring hit after hit after hit. "Irving Berlin's greatest achievement in the theater," wrote the New York Post, ANNIE GET YOUR GUN "will always be a musical for the ages, one of the Broadway theater's enduring triumphs."
Kenna R. Higgins has spent the majority of her life striving to enrich the artistic and theatrical culture in Moapa Valley and is thrilled to be working with the Moapa Valley Performing Arts Council to bring Annie, Get Your Gun to the stage with the revival of a community theater for the 2018-2019 showcase year.
Higgins earned her BA in Theater Education from Brigham Young University, Provo; her MA in Theatre Communities and Colleges from New York University, and her PhD in Theatre from Texas Tech University. She taught theatre and English at Moapa Valley High School for ten years, was an instructor at Texas Tech, and currently teaches at Journey Education in Las Vegas, giving her 15 years of experience in teaching and directing for every level of education, kindergarten through college.
Higgins freely admits that it is difficult to choose her favorite plays from among the thirty-plus plays that she has directed or assisted with over the years, but some of the most memorable have been Little Shop of Horrors, A Man for All Seasons, Getting Away with Murder, A Christmas Carol, Don’t Drink the Water, Cyrano de Bergerac, Twelfth Night, and It Was a Dark and Stormy Night with the students at Moapa Valley High School, three one-act plays by Chekov with a summer community theatre troupe, and the creation and production of St. Thomas Remembered, an historical abridgement and dramatization set and performed in the ruins of St. Thomas, Nevada.