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Casting – Tommy and Jake – Annie Get Your Gun (with BLOS)

Casting for Tommy and Jake – 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!

View the cast and show details

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

Auditions & rehearsals:

  • Fridays 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.
  • 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 men – come and get involved, all ages welcome!

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

Oklahoma – Lola reviews

Local theatre reviewer, Lola, reviews Oklahoma! 

“Bookham Light Opera Society chose wisely in offering Rodgers and Hammerstein’s first musical collaboration for their Nomad theatre production this year. With plenty of well known songs and opportunity for lively dances they were surely on to a winner.

The well organised set, together with the effective lighting and well designed costumes effectively established the scene of 1906 Oklahoma. The musicians led by James ‘Mr Music’ Marr underpinned the action perfectly and must take their share of the credit for an engaging production.

oklahoma review BLOS curly laurey

The casting was spot on, Melanie Kemp portrayed Laurey as both strong minded and vulnerable when the characterisation required it. Her singing raised the quality of the production. Michael Ayres‘ Curly was an interesting mixture of introspection and confidence in particular at the social where he shows his determination to win Laurey’s affections.

 

oklahoma review BLOS curly jud

I was much taken by John Beavis’ Jud. Slow and menacing, he is in contrast to the the more romantic things going on around him. John carried off the role wonderfully well. Joanne Silcox as Aunt Eller and Vykki Mash as Gertie both looked to be enjoying their roles as did Julian Warner-Edney (Will), and Colin Barnard (the ranch owner), and added to the gaiety of the show by the exuberance of their singing and dancing. A word for the ‘dream’ ballet sequence, Matt Gardner and Laura Thomson showed dancing ability and poise not always seen at the Nomad theatre.

oklahoma review BLOS laurey curley dream ballet

Richard Peachey again showed his gift for comedy in his portrayal of Ali Hakim whilst Sophie Johnstone almost stole the show with the consistentcy of energy and vigour in her scenes.

 

oklahoma review BLOS laurey ado annie

There are several set pieces in Oklahoma! that drive the story along: the principals have their songs, the dances are important to the entertainment and the plot must of course be made clear to the audience. Yet the running time of over two and a half hours was a tad long, maybe some judicious cutting might have been made without diminishing the enjoyment of the story.

Overall a competent production with fine singing and movement. I cannot finish this review without a word for Sid Dolbear‘s magnificent ‘tache which almost acted his eyebrows off the stage!”

Lola

Oklahoma! by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II

In association with Bookham Light Operatic Society Facebook Link
Directed by Jackie Shearer

oklahoma review BLOS ali hakim

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