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Annie Get Your Gun

  • 1.  Annie Get Your Gun

    Posted 04-01-2020 16:44
    We are doing integrated units in my middle school now. The 8th grade humanities team is doing a unit on Wild West Expansion.  The unit is new to all of us. The teachers have taught it before but not with a theatre teacher and a music teacher.  The music teacher "discovered"  Annie Get Your Gun"  Has anyone done it lately? How do you deal with the politically correct issues?  I am thinking about having the students a project with the theme of censorship from the point of view of  political correctness. Another thought I had was the role of females in this time, a presentation as one of the women talking about their experiences.  For students who do not want to write -  Costuming as it was done for Wild West Shows and what the NAtive American's really wore.  or Costuming for pets to make them look like horses or cows?
    Also thought about challenging the students to involve their families ( ones who would enjoy it) in creating a Wild West Show Act.  Other thoughts or ideas? Your thoughts on the viability of this show  in today's world.
    Thank you for your thoughts.
    Cathy

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    Cathy Archer
    Rutland VT
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  • 2.  RE: Annie Get Your Gun

    Posted 20 days ago
    Edited by Ginny Butsch 18 days ago
    @cathyarcher

    We did Annie Get Your Gun 9 years ago and at that time the only issue I had was getting permission to use toy rifles on stage. Administration was fine with it but may not be in a public school. I don’t have a problem with the message but my daughter did. Being married for 32 years, I know all about the male ego & how that plays out in real life. I took Annie as outsmarting Bill without having compromising her integrity for her whole life, only for that 1 time. She still got to be a sharp shooter and she got the guy. It’s not like in Grease where she has to change who she is. Some parents let their kids win when competing against them and some executives let their clients win when playing golf. I don’t think “I’m an Indian Too” would go over well in today’s climate, we made masks & made bamboo spears and did a line march around the auditorium. Love the Show.

    Maria Stadtmueller
    St. Augustine School
    Kendall Park, NJ

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