ANNIE GET YOUR GUN
Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin Book by Herbert Fields and Dorothy Fields
Annie Oakley is the best shot around and supports her little brother and sisters by selling the game she hunts. When she’s discovered by Col. Buffalo Bill, he persuades her to join his Wild West Show. It takes only one glance for her to fall head over heels for dashing shooting ace Frank Butler, who headlines the show. She soon eclipses Butler as the main attraction which, while good for business, is bad for romance. His ego bruised, Butler leaves to join a rival show but ultimately is pitted against Annie in a final shoot-out. Finally convinced that You Cain’t Get A Man With A Gun, she throws the match and wins Frank’s heart. The rousing, sure-fire finale hits the mark every time in a testament to the power of female ingenuity.
Annie Oakley: Poor, but spirited and a happy country backwoods young woman. She is tough, outspoken, and illiterate but intelligent. She has no idea about anything but shooting. She transforms from dirty illiterate to the star of Buffalo Bill’s show by virtue of her expert marksmanship and sunny disposition. She immediately falls for Frank Butler, who prefers a more dainty type of woman. Not very lady-like. Strong singer and comedian who carries the show. (Age: 22-30’s Mezzo)
Buffalo Bill Cody: Owner of the Wild West Show. He is a former soldier and Indian scout who turned to show business. He has two stars (Frank and Annie) until Frank decides to go with the competitor. Buffalo Bill takes Annie on tour all over Europe but when finances dry up, he works to merge with the competitor and bring the two stars back. (Age: 45-70 Baritone).
Frank Butler: A suave sharpshooter in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. He enjoys his status of star and as a heartbreaker. He meets Annie and begins to fall in love with her until she shows him up. As her skills develop and his status is threatened, he becomes more and more sensitive. (Age: 25-40’s Baritone)
Charlie Davenport: Manager of the Wild West Show. He sets up each scene of the production. Good natured fellow who works hard to please everyone. Dolly tried to “snag” Charlie when it becomes clear Frank is with Annie. (Age: 30-45 Baritone)
Dolly Tate: Frank’s lovely assistant in the Wild West Show. She is Winnie’s older and overprotective sister. She is bigoted, ambitious, and mean-spirited. Her main role in life is to make everyone else miserable. She is jealous of Annie and goes to lengths to make her lose to Frank in the final show-down. She is over-the-top in her personality but is funny in her demeanor. (Age: 30-40 Alto)
Winnie Tate: Dolly’s 17-year-old sister. She is in love with Tommy Keeler, who throws knives at her in his act in the Wild West Show. When they elope, Dolly is outraged and she has the marriage annulled because Winnie is underage. When Winnie turns 18, she and Tommy are reunited. (Age: 17 Soprano).
Tommy Keeler: Handsome young knife-thrower in Wild West Show, half Indian and half Irish. He is in love with Winnie and is willing to wait for her to turn 18 before they can be legally married. (Age: 19-23 Baritone)
Chief Sitting Bull: He is a Sioux warrior. He is a wise, older man who adopts Annie when he sees how well she shoots. He knows a good investment and once she joins the Wild West Show, he decides to put his money into show business. He is comical in a staid way; very dry sense of humor. (Age: 40-65 Baritone).
Pawnee Bill: Shrewd owner of a competing western show. He hires Frank when he leaves Will Bill’s show. Although they have a lot of shows on their tour, their profits are being eaten up by fees. In the end, he is willing to merge the two financial-suffering shows to make one successful one. (Age: 40-65 Baritone)
Little Jake: Annie’s little brother who helps out with the family’s hunting business. He is very proud of Annie and travels with her on tour. (Age: 10)
Jessie: Annie’s little sister who helps out with the family’s hunting business. Very proud of Annie and travels with her on tour. (Age: 14 Soprano/Alto)
Nellie: Annie’s little sister who helps out with the family’s hunting business. She is very proud of the fact that she can count up to 20; something even Annie can’t do! (Age: 12 Soprano/Alto)
Foster Wilson: Owner of the Wilson Arms Hotel. He doesn’t want the Wild West Show to set up and take over his hotel. Frank offers him $100 if Wilson can find a challenger who can outshoot Frank. Wilson “discovers” Annie and convinces her to challenge Frank in the sharp-shooter match so he can collect the bet. Gentle with children, he is a nice, hard-working man. Sings one song with Annie and the kids. (Age: 45-70 Baritone).
Ensemble: Cowboys, Indians, Roustabouts, Squaws, Cowgirls, waiter, porter, Royals of Europe, New York Socialites. Special talents for members include rope twirlers, gymnasts, tumblers.
Cowboys/Cowgirls/Indians: Perform as the Roustabouts and other performers in Wild Bill’s Wild West Show who set up the various scenes. (Age: Various ages and various vocal ranges)
Mac: Prop man in the Wild West Show. He carries on props and other supplies needed by the performers in the show. (Age: 18-30)
Running Deer, Eagle Feather: Indians who travel with the Wild West Show. (Age: Any)
Dining Car Waiter: Employee on the Overland Steam Train. (Age: Any)
Sleeping Car Porter: Employee on the Overland Steam Train. (Age: Any)
Messenger: Employee on the Cattle Boat. (Age: Any)
Young Men & Young Women: These are guests (dancers) who are at the Ballroom in the Hotel Brevoort in NYC. (Age: 16-30)
Band Leader: This is the person who directs the band as well as announces the guests as they arrive at the big party at the Hotel Brevoort in NYC. (Age: 25-70)
Mrs. Sylvia Potter-Porter: A socialite at the party at the Hotel Brevoort in NYC. She arrives with Pawnee Bill (Age: 35-60)
Mrs. Schuyler Adams: A socialite at the party at the Hotel Brevoort in NYC. (Age: 35-60)
Photographer: Takes pictures of Buffalo Bill and Pawnee Bill when they agree to the merger of the two shows. (Age: 20’s)