2007 – Annie Get Your Gun

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Annie Get Your Gun was performed at Round Hill School in Beeston between Monday 22nd October and Saturday 27th October 2007.

With music and lyrics by Irving Berlin and the book by Herbert and Dorothy Fields, this amateur production is presented by arrangement with Josef Weinberger Ltd. Our performance of this show is kindly sponsored by Sponsored by Holtom Consulting Ltd.

The 1999 Broadway Revival version of the classic Annie Get Your Gun will be our show for 2007 – celebrating 40 years since the society’s conception.

The Story of Annie Get Your Gun

Annie Get Your Gun concerns the spectacular career of sharpshooter Annie Oakley and her romance with Frank Butler, whom she ousts as the star of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. When they first meet, Butler finds his position as Champion challenged by this young backwoods girl whose shooting prowess is incredible. In a contest with Butler conceived as a publicity stunt for his act, Annie turns the tables on the star: she beats him and at the same time falls hopelessly in love with him. In order to be near him, Annie accepts a job as Frank’s assistant in the Wild West Show. Frank recognizes her talent and, in short, gives her a small spot in the show of her own.The performance of the entire group was outstanding. The set and props were superb too. Well done to all involved.Meanwhile, Buffalo Bill has discovered that his show is going broke because of competition from Pawnee Bill’s vastly popular Far East show. To bolster the show and recoup his losses, Buffalo Bill and his manager Charlie Davenport persuade Annie to do a sensational act which overshadows that of her partner and beloved. Frank leaves the show in a fury, and joins rival Pawnee Bill as his star attraction.

Annie is heartbroken but Sitting Bull, the famous Sioux Warrior, tries to console her by adopting her as his daughter and putting up the money to enable the show to continue. The European tour that follows results in a personal triumph for Annie, who returns to the United States with many valuable medals. The show, however, is in financial trouble and when Pawnee Bill invites Buffalo Bill’s troupe to a reception welcoming them home, they gladly accept and plan to suggest a merger of the two shows when they meet at the party. Pawnee Bill’s show is playing Madison Square Garden with apparent success, but actually he owes money and he too is anxious to combine the two shows.

When Annie and Frank meet again, they declare their love for each other and Frank presents Annie with his medals inscribed “to the sharpshooter of the world!” Annie cannot accept his superiority, and challenges him to a shooting match to decide the title once and for all, pitting her valuable medals against his modest three.

Sitting Bull and Charlie are determined to make her lose the match and thus win Frank. They twist the sights on her guns and she misses each shot. Eventually Annie becomes aware of their scheme and, taking the first step towards reconciliation, concedes the match to him. Frank, realizing that Annie has thrown the match, swallows his own pride and offers Annie a partnership, with her as the star. Frank donates his “victory prize”, the medals, to the two Bills to financially start off the combined shows. Annie is happy at last having finally discovered that you can get a man with a gun!

Act 1

Musical Numbers

There’s No Business Like Show Business (Frank and Company)
Doin’ What Comes Natur’lly (Annie, Kids and Foster Wilson)
The Girl That I Marry (Frank and Annie)
You Can’t Get a Man With a Gun (Annie)
There’s No Business Like Show Business – reprise (Frank, Buffalo Bill, Charlie and Annie)
I’ll Share It All With You (Tommy, Winnie and Company)
Moonshine Lullaby (Annie, Kids and Ensemble Trio)
There’s No Business Like Show Business – reprise (Annie)
They Say It’s Wonderful (Annie and Frank)
My Defences Are Down (Frank and Young Men)
Finale Act I: You Can’t Get a Man With a Gun – reprise (Annie)

Act 2

Musical Numbers

Entr’acte: The European Tour (Annie and Company)
Lost in His Arms (Annie)
Who Do You Love, I Hope (Tommy, Winnie and Company)
I Got the Sun in the Morning (Annie and Company)
An Old Fashioned Wedding (Annie and Frank)
The Girl That I Marry – reprise (Frank)
Anything You Can Do (Annie and Frank)
They Say It’s Wonderful – reprise (Annie, Frank and Company)
Finale Ultimo (Company)

The Cast & Crew

The Cast

Frank Butler – Paul Mills
Sleeping Car Porter – Andrew Harrison
Pawnee Bill – John Bush
Queen Victoria – Roma Drinkwater
Tsar Of Russia – Les Davies
King Of Italy – Mick Green
President Of France – Dan Bates
Messenger – Andrew Harrison
Band Leader – Andrew Harrison
Sylvia Potter-Porter – Emma James
Mrs Schyler-Adams – Stephanie Gray-Blest
1st Lady – Cheryl Mills
2nd Lady – Jane Cottee
3rd Lady – Sarah Stockley
4th Lady – Philippa Dean
Dining Car Waiter – Andrew Harrison
Eagle Feather – Cheryl Camm
Buffalo Bill – Martin Holtom
Dolly Tate – Mina Machin
Tommy Keeler – Jouni Soininen
Winnie Tate – Catherine Furber
Charlie Davenport – Jeremy Whiteman
Foster Wilson – Dan Bates
Mac, The Prop Man – David Artiss
Chief Sitting Bull – Louis Ogando
Annie Oakley – Lisa Mills
Jessie Oakley – Philippa Clarke & Becky Nash
Nellie Oakley – Rachel Maddison & Emily Gent
Little Em Oakley – Emily Corner
Little Jake Oakley – Thomas Hough
Running Deer – Lisa Green-Smith
Russian Girl – Jane Cottee

The Chorus

Andrew Harrison, Cheryl Camm, Cheryl Mills, Claire Baker,
Dorothy Woodall, Emma James, Jane Cottee, Jennie Artiss,
Les Davies, Linda Howard, Lisa Green-Smith, Mick Green,
Mollie Harwood, Philippa Dean, Rachel Pinhorn,
Roma Drinkwater, Ruth Maddison, Sarah Stockley,
Stephanie Gray-Blest

Ballroom Dancers

Cheryl Mills, Dan Bates, Jane Cottee, Mick Green, Philippa Dean,
Sarah Stockley

Can-Can Girls

Cheryl Mills, Emma James

Cowboy Dancers (My Defences Are Down)

Cheryl Mills, Dan Bates, Jane Cottee, Les Davies, Linda Howard,
Mick Green, Rachel Pinhorn, Ruth Maddison, Sarah Stockley

Native American Dancers (Native American Transition)

Cheryl Camm, Lisa Green-Smith

Tarantella Girls

Claire Baker, Jennie Artiss

The Cowboy Trio (Moonshine Lullaby)

Dan Bates, Jeremy Whiteman, Martin Holtom

The Orchestra

Bass – John Gamble
Clarinet/Flute/Sax – Vicky Moore
Clarinet/Sax – Sharon Cardwell
Flute/Piccolo – Becky Smith
Horn – Lilla Stennett
Oboe/Flute – Alison Bailey
Percussion – Ben Marples
Piano – Chris Flint
Trombone – Nadine Leeder
Trumpet – Danny Ortiz, Phil Reckless
Violin – Donna Smith

The Production Team

Director – John Maddison
Lighting – Mike Beedham, Margaret Beedham
Props – Erica Coleman
Make-up – Anthea Hinchliffe
Wardrobe – Mina Machin, Violet Pegg
Programme – Catherine Furber
Poster Design – David Artiss
Child Protection Officer – Ruth Maddison
Publicity & Promotions – Catherine Furber
Sound – Jim Rolley-Parnell
Set Construction – David Hinchliffe, Mike Cottee
Musical Director – Gareth Jones
Music Consultant – Lisa Mills
Choreography – Linda Hardy
Choreographers Assistant – Victoria Palmer
Répétiteur – Weifeng Jiang
Production Manager – Stuart Veitch
Assistant Production Manager – David Artiss
Stage Manager – David Artiss
Stage Hand – David Hinchliff
Set Design – Celia Birch
Publicity & Promotions – Kristen Hager