Auditions

Auditions – MEN – Annie Get Your Gun (with BLOS)

Auditions – MEN wanted – Annie Get Your Gun

Bookham Light Operatic Society‘s summer show will be ‘Annie Get Your Gun’, performed at The Nomad Theatre w/c 14th May 2018. Featuring classic show tunes such as ‘Anything You Can Do’ and ‘There’s No Business Like Show Business’, this musical is one of the greats!

  • Director: Andrew Hamel-Cooke
  • Musical Director: Selena Hegarty

Audition dates:

  • Friday 19th January at 7.30pm – Eastwick Road Church (URC), Eastwick Road, Great Bookham, Surrey KT23 4BE

Male characters yet to be cast – (with playing ages)

  • Tommy Keeler – Male 18-30 – Supporting – Tenor. A dashing young knife-thrower with the Wild West Show, part Native American.
  • Buffalo Bill Cody – Male 35-50 – Supporting – Baritone. Middle-aged soldier/Indian scout turned showman, runs the “Wild West Show”.
  • Charlie Davenport – Male 35-50 – Featured – Baritone.  Middle-aged manager of the Wild West Show, always setting the scene for this show-within-a-show.
  • Foster Wilson – Male 40-60 – Featured – Spoken. Hotel Manager,  strong personality with dry wit.
  • Little Jake – Male 11-14 – Featured – Alto. Annie’s 8-to-10-year-old brother, her “bird dog” who flushes out
    game for her to shoot.
  • Ensemble males for the Wild West! All ages welcome, ideally you will sing and dance a little.

Audition pieces can be found at:  http://www.bookhamlightoperatic.co.uk/blosauditions.htm

If you are interested in auditioning and/or would like further information, please contact the Director on 07747 527180 , or email [email protected]

Synopsis

Rough-and-tumble Annie Oakley is the best shot around. A backwoods gal, Annie uses her skill to support her family by selling the game she hunts. When she’s discovered by Buffalo Bill and persuaded to join his Wild West Show, Annie is plucked from obscurity and becomes the toast of Europe. Annie meets her match in Frank Butler, Buffalo Bill’s leading man and star marksman. She falls head over heels for Frank, but soon eclipses him as the main attraction in the show. Her success with a gun makes trouble for Annie’s chance at romance. Annie Get Your Gun follows the journey of Annie and Frank, revealing their competitive natures as they vie for best shot – and each other’s hearts. This fictionalized version of the life of real-life sharpshooter Annie Oakley and her romance with Frank Butler boasts a score of Irving Berlin gems including “There’s No Business Like Show Business”, “I Got Lost in His Arms”, “I Got the Sun in the Mornin’”, “Anything You Can Do,” and “They Say It’s Wonderful.”

All characters – adults (with playing ages)

  • Frank Butler – Male 25-35 – Lead – Baritone. A suave sharpshooter in Buffolo Bill’s show – he enjoys his status
    as a heartbreaker and star.
  • Annie Oakley – Female 18-25 – Lead – Mezzo-Soprano. Strong singer-comedian who carries the show,  she immediately falls head over heels for Frank, who prefers a more dainty type of woman.
  • Tommy Keeler – Male 18-30 – Supporting – Tenor. A dashing young knife-thrower with the Wild West Show, part Native American.
  • Winnie Tate – Female 18-25 – Supporting – Mezzo-Soprano. Dolly’s 17-year-old sister. Tommy throws knives at her and hopes to marry her as soon as she turns 18.
  • Dolly Tate – Female 18-40 – Supporting – Alto.  Frank Butler’s “lovely” assistant, an ambitious and mean-spirited, but funny, woman.
  • Buffalo Bill Cody – Male 35-50 – Supporting – Baritone. Middle-aged soldier/Indian scout turned showman, runs the “Wild West Show”.
  • Chief Sitting Bull – Male 35-55 – Featured – Spoken.  leader of the Sioux Nation, adopts Annie as his daughter and puts his money into show business with the Wild West Show.
  • Charlie Davenport – Male 35-50 – Featured – Baritone.  Middle-aged manager of the Wild West Show, always setting the scene for this show-within-a-show.
  • Foster Wilson – Male 40-60 – Featured – Spoken. Hotel Manager,  strong personality with dry wit.
  • Pawnee Bill – Male 35-55 – Featured – Spoken.  Owner of the Far East Show; Buffalo Bill’s former partner and
    current rival.

Characters – youngsters

  • Little Jake – Male 11-14 – Featured – Alto. Annie’s 8-to-10-year-old brother, her “bird dog” who flushes out
    game for her to shoot.
  • Mary/Jessie/Nellie – Female 11-16 – Featured – Alto. Annie’s 10-to-14-year-old sisters, also part of the family hunting business.

Songs

  • Colonel Buffalo Bill — Charlie Davenport, Dolly Tate, and ensemble
  • I’m a Bad, Bad Man — Frank Butler
  • Doin’ What Comes Natur’lly — Annie Oakley and her siblings
  • 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 — Frank, Buffalo Bill, Charlie, Annie, and ensemble
  • They Say It’s Wonderful — Annie and Frank
  • Moonshine Lullaby — Annie and siblings
  • I’ll Share It All With You — Winnie Tate and Tommy Keeler
  • Ballyhoo — Riding Mistress and Show People
  • There’s No Business Like Show Business (Reprise) — Annie
  • My Defenses Are Down — Frank and ensemble
  • Wild Horse Ceremonial Dance — Wild Horse, Indian Braves and Maidens
  • I’m an Indian, Too — Annie and ensemble
  • Adoption Dance — Annie, Wild Horse and Braves
  • I Got Lost In His Arms — Annie
  • Who Do You Love, I Hope — Winnie and Tommy
  • I Got the Sun in the Morning — Annie and ensemble
  • They Say It’s Wonderful (Reprise) — Annie and Frank
  • The Girl That I Marry (Reprise) — Frank
  • Anything You Can Do — Annie and Frank
  • There’s No Business Like Show Business (Reprise) — Ensemble