Freshman Allie Scott will star in the role of Annie in Harding University's production of

Harding University presents musical ‘Annie Get Your Gun’

The Harding University theatre department will present its annual homecoming musical at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20, and Saturday, Oct. 21, in Benson Auditorium. This year’s production is Irving Berlin’s “Annie Get Your Gun,” which is a fictionalization of the life of sharpshooter Annie Oakley.

“It’s an American classic that has been updated for a new generation of fans,” said Harding Department of Theatre Chair Steven Frye. “It’s Irving Berlin at his best, and it showcases the talent of Harding University students at their best!”

According to producer Cindee Stockstill, “this is a show that is full of firsts.” Both Allie Scott (Annie Oakley) and Max Ross (Frank Butler) will be making their Harding theatre debut in leading roles. “The fact that two freshmen won the audition was completely unexpected,” said director Britt Lynn, “but they came in, and clearly won the audition! I am very proud of the work they’ve done.”

This is also Lynn’s first time directing the homecoming musical. 

“There is a lot of pressure coming off of last year’s show [“Crazy For You”], but thankfully, I’m surrounded by an incredibly supportive staff and talented crew,” Lynn said. “We have a blast working together, and this show is a lot of fun!”

The show has a classic score including “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” “Anything You Can Do” and “You Can’t Get a Man With a Gun.”

“Annie Get Your Gun” is presented through special arrangement with R&H Theatricals (

Tickets can be purchased for $15 or $18 at, the Benson box office or the door. Immediately following the musical, join the cast for a meet and greet in the student center. For more information, contact the box office at 501.279.4255.

In addition to the annual musical, there will be several other homecoming activities on campus.

Thursday, Oct. 19

  • Lady Bison soccer vs. Northwestern University, 7 p.m., Stevens Soccer Complex

Friday, Oct. 20

  • Good News Singers, 4 p.m., C.L. Kay Plaza in front of the Benson Auditorium
  • Bison soccer vs. Lindenwood, 7 p.m., Stevens Soccer Complex
  • Bison soccer vs. Lindenwood, 7 p.m., Stevens Soccer Complex

Saturday, Oct. 21

  • Bison Stampede 5K Run, 9 a.m., First Security Stadium
  • Art fair, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Stevens Art and Design Center
  • Lady Bison softball vs. University of Central Arkansas, 10:30 a.m., Softball Complex
  • Inflatable games, petting zoo and face painting, 10:45 a.m.-1:45 p.m., Ganus Activities Complex
  • Pied Pipers children’s theatre troupe, 11-11:45 a.m., Heritage Auditorium
  • Harding family picnic and giant tailgate celebration, 11 a.m.-1:45 p.m., Ganus Activities Complex
  • Lady Bison soccer vs. Southwestern Oklahoma State University, 11 a.m., Stevens Soccer Complex
  • Bison football vs. Southwestern Oklahoma State University, 2 p.m., First Security Stadium
  • Bison soccer vs. Lindenwood, 7p.m., Stevens Soccer Complex

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