Annie Get Your Gun

ANNIE GET YOUR GUN

MUSIC AND LYRICS BY
IRVING BERLIN

ORIGINAL BOOK BY
HERBERT AND DOROTHY FIELDS
AS REVISED BY
PETER STONE

DIRECTED BY
JONATHAN HETLER

MUSIC DIRECTOR
LUKE SKERPON

CHOREOGRAPHY BY
LINDA HILDEBRAND

SCENIC DESIGN BY
JONATHAN HETLER

LIGHTING DESIGN BY
LAUREN K. FRYE

COSTUMES COORDINATED BY
PATTY MANDELL

SOUND DESIGN BY
ETHAN T. MILLER

PROPERTIES BY
AMY FARKAS

STAGE MANAGER
PHILiP J VONADA

PRODUCTION ASSISTANTS
ERIC M. BRINSER & BONNIE SPETZER

PRODUCERS
BRUCE FLEISCHER & JONATHAN HETLER

* ABOUT THE PLAY*

History can be a truly inspiring thing! For starters, if Phoebe Ann Mosey had never existed, you and I wouldn’t be at The State Theatre about to watch Annie Get Your Gun. Irving Berlin and Herbert and Dorothy Fields would never have had the creative vision for its conception. Ethel Merman, Betty Hutton, Bernadette Peters, and countless others would never have portrayed the iconic role. Miss Mosey, better known as Annie Oakley, was a real life American sharpshooter and her amazing talent led her to a starring role in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. This western fairy tale (with a gun instead of gown) has inspired movies, television series, cartoons, novels, and this Golden Age musical.

Our show today will include all the show-stopping songs you remember, Including “No Business Like Show Business,” “Doin’ What Comes Natur’lIy,” and “Anything You Can Do”. It will be presented in a way that frames this timeless tale as a “show within a show.” This is why you will see hawkers in the aisles and audience members right up on the stage watching. It gives that “Big Top” feel and reminds us “how the West was won.”

I leave you with a little inspiration from Ms. Oakley herself (and something that has inspired me), “Aim at a high mark and you will hit it. No, not the first time, not the second time and maybe not the third. But keep on aiming and keep on shooting for only practice will make you perfect. Finally you’ll hit the bull’s-eye of success.”

Enjoy the show!

JONATHAN HETLER DIRECTOR

 Performed   February 12-15, 2015

*THE CAST*

ANNIE OAKLEY………………. Rachael J. Gigar
FRANK BUTLER………………. Matt Greer
TOMMY KEELER ………………Justin Shondeck
WINNIE TATE …………………Hannah Thompson
DOLLY TATE………………….. Katelyn Ann Mullen
BUFFALO BILL COyy………… Eric Ziegler
CHARLIE DAVENPORT…….. Christopher Hirsh
CHIEF SITTING BULL………. J. Lance Wilkinson
PAWNEE BILL…………………. Russell Rockwell
FOSTERWiLSON………………. Ben Atler-Hallman
LITTLE JAKE…………………… Ghabriel Prewitt
JESSIE……………………………Mary Rose Valentine
NELLIE………………………….. Trinity Prestash
MAC……………………………… Ryan Ordnung
DANCE CAPTAIN……………… Becca Beck
COWBOYS………….. Ben Atler-Hallman, Christian Hopple,
…………………………Ryan Ordnung
ENSEMBLE………Hilary Appelman, Ben Atler-Hallman,
……………………Becca Beck, Jillian Bohenek, Susan Burlingame,
……………………Kimberly Cartier, Christian Hopple,
……………………Andrea Knepper, Halle Mitchell, Leah Mueller,
……………………Drew Nixdorf, Ryan Ordnung, Dori Puzycki,
……………………Lauren Ritter, Sandi Rockwell, Cat Rokavec,
……………………Jordan Santillo, Bonnie Spetzer