Annie Get your Gun


Dec 2nd - Dec 6th 1997


Steve Pannell

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Info Edit

Annie Get Your Gun is a musical with lyrics and music written by Irving Berlin and a book by Herbert Fields and his sister Dorothy Fields. The story is a fictionalized version of the life of Annie Oakley (1860-1926), who was a sharpshooter from Ohio, and her husband, Frank Butler.

The 1946 Broadway production was a hit, and the musical had long runs in both New York (1,147 performances) and London, spawning revivals, a 1950 film version and television versions. Songs that became hits include "There's No Business Like Show Business", "Doin' What Comes Natur'lly", "You Can't Get a Man with a Gun", "They Say It's Wonderful", and "Anything You Can Do."

Plot Info Edit

When the traveling Buffalo Bill's Wild West show visits Cincinnati, Ohio ("Colonel Buffalo Bill"§), Frank Butler, the show's handsome, womanizing star ("I'm a Bad, Bad, Man"§), challenges anyone in town to a shooting match. Foster Wilson, a local hotel owner, doesn't appreciate the Wild West Show taking over his hotel, so Frank gives him a side bet of one hundred dollars on the match. Annie Oakley enters and shoots a bird off Dolly Tate's hat, and then explains her simple backwoods ways to Wilson with the help of her siblings ("Doin' What Comes Natur'lly"). When Wilson learns she's a brilliant shot, he enters her in the shooting match against Frank Butler.

While Annie waits for the match to start, she meets Frank Butler and falls instantly in love with him, not knowing he will be her opponent. When she asks Frank if he likes her, Frank explains that the girl he wants will "wear satin... and smell of cologne" ("The Girl That I Marry"). The rough and naive Annie comically laments that "You Can't Get a Man with a Gun". At the shooting match, Annie finds out that Frank is the "big swollen-headed stiff" from the Wild West Show. She wins the contest, and Buffalo Bill and Charlie Davenport, the show's manager, invite Annie to join the Wild West Show. Annie agrees because she loves Frank even though she has no idea what "show business" is. Frank, Charlie, Buffalo Bill, and everyone explain that "There's No Business Like Show Business."

Over the course of working together, Frank becomes enamoured of the plain-spoken, honest and tomboyish Annie and, as they travel to Minneapolis, Minnesota on a train, he explains to her what "love" is ("They Say It's Wonderful"). Buffalo Bill and Charlie find out that the rival show, Pawnee Bill's Far East Show, will be playing in Saint Paul, Minnesota while the Wild West Show plays in nearby Minneapolis. They ask Annie to do a special shooting trick on a motorcycle in Minneapolis to draw Pawnee Bill's business away. Annie agrees, since the trick will surprise Frank, and then sings her siblings to sleep with the "Moonshine Lullaby."

As Annie and Frank prepare for the show, Frank plans to propose to Annie after the show and then ruefully admits that "My Defenses Are Down". When Annie performs her trick and becomes a star, Chief Sitting Bull adopts her into the Sioux tribe ("I'm An Indian Too"§). Frank is hurt and angry, and he walks out on Annie and the show, joining the competing Pawnee Bill's show.

The Buffalo Bill show tours Europe with Annie as the star, but the show goes broke, as does Pawnee Bill's show with Frank. Annie, now well-dressed and more refined and worldly, still longs for Frank ("I Got Lost in His Arms"). Frank and Pawnee Bill plot a merger of the two companies, each assuming the other has the money necessary for the merger. They all meet at a grand reception, where they soon discover both shows are broke. Annie, however, has received sharpshooting medals from all the rulers of Europe worth one hundred thousand dollars, and she decides to sell the medals to finance the merger, rejoicing in the simple things ("I Got the Sun in the Mornin'").

When Frank appears, he and Annie confess their love and decide to marry, although with comically different ideas: Frank wants "some little chapel," while Annie wants "a big church with bridesmaids and flower girls" ("An Old-Fashioned Wedding"°). When Annie shows Frank her medals, Frank again has his pride hurt, and they call off the merger and the wedding. They agree to one last shooting duel ("Anything You Can Do"). Annie deliberately loses to Frank to soothe his ego, and they finally reconcile, deciding to marry and merge the shows.

Cast Edit

Charlie Davenport - John O'Brien
Dolly Tate - Linzi Winsper
Mac - Brian Dearlove
Foster Wilson - John Wooldridge
Frank Butler - Dave Knight
Annie Oakley - Aimy Webb
Minnie - Suzanne Britten
Jessie - Rhonda Rossier
Jake - Jessie Knight
Nellie - Hayley Murray
Buffalo Bill - Les Chegwin
Mrs. Littlehorse - Pat Edgar
Mrs. Blacktooth - Sue Knight
Conductor/Footman - James Wading
Pawnee Bill - John Hearn
Chief Sitting Bull - John Covey
Mr. Schuyler-Adams - Mike Gearing
Mrs. Schuyler-Adams - Christine Simpson
Mrs. Henderson - Elizabeth Prince
Sylvia Potter-Porter - Helen Badman
Mrs. Clay - Mabs Taylor
Chorus - Elsie Chegwin, Vera Evans, Heather Gearing, Fiona Wabe , Ian Belchamber, Tim Davis, Tony Makey, John Perry, Jamie Rawlings,
Dancers - Paula Murray, Sue Knight, Lisa Perry, Jessica Lerwill, Natalie Joyner, Lisa Prescott, Pippa Turner, Meanie Turner, Sandra Lilley, Kirsty Barnet
Kids - Juliet Batchelor , Tim Batchelor , Samantha Bonito , Annette Grevett , Tania Humphreys , Rebecca Long , Helen Green , Clara-Jane Prince , Barry Tinkler ,  Chloe Webb

Crew Edit

Director - Steve Pannell
Musicians - Michael Wooldridge, Roger Cook, Deidre Christiansen,