Annie Oakley, the talented, sharp-shooting attraction of Buffalo Bill’s wild west show, is a legend. Betty Meeks, the chipper owner of a swampy Georgian fishing lodge, is an eccentric old lady. Alma Stossel is a bright-eyed Swiss immigrant in 1880s America, concerned only about her husband’s welfare.
UMR junior Amanda Nisbett is all three.
Through the University Theater Players, Nisbett brought these characters to life in productions of Annie Get Your Gun, The Foreigner and The Christmas Schooner, respectively.
“Each production is different,” Nisbett says. “Things don’t always go off without a hitch, but you have to overcome challenges and bring a certain amount of energy to the stage.”
Nisbett says she has had a great experience with the theater department, particularly with John Woodfin, instructor of philosophy and liberal arts at UMR. “He’s so talented. He can step into a scene and know exactly how he wants it to look.”