Annie, Get Your Gun
by Fredericksburg Theater Company
Jun. 16 - Jul. 02
Annie Oakley is the best shot around, and she manages to support her little brother and sisters by selling the game she hunts. When she's discovered by Col. Buffalo Bill Cody, he persuades this novel sharpshooter to join his Wild West Show. It only takes 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. Butler hightails it off to join a rival show, his bruised male ego leading the way, but is ultimately pitted against Annie in a final shoot-out. The rousing, sure-fire finale hits the mark every time in a testament to the power of female ingenuity.
Cast in the production are Annie Oakley - Meg Ellisor as Annie Oakley, Anthoney Farmer as Frank Butler, Steve Gurney as Buffalo Bill Cody, Rachael Remlinger as Dolly Tate, Elliott Dooley as Tommy Keeler, River Wellborn as Winnie Tate, Barry Sikes as Charlie Davenport, Joel Keefer as Foster Wilson, Marvin Schroeder as Mac, David Lucas as Chief Sitting Bull, Tess Kothmann as Jessie, Abigail Fitzsimmons as Nellie, and Lucas Howell as Little Jake.
Performing in the ensemble playing multiple roles are Martha Lucas, Cassidy Kothmann, Mike Jumes, Marcie Jumes, Kenley Kiehne, Adriana Olivares, Jeff Nichols, and Russell Peckham.
One of the most popular Broadway musicals of all time, Annie Get Your Gun features several hit songs by composer and lyrist Irving Berlin, including "There's No Business Like Show Business," "Doin' What Comes Natur'lly, "You Can't Get a Man with a Gun," "They Say It's Wonderful," and "Anything You Can Do (I Can Do Better)." Originally produced on Broadway in 1946 starring Ethel Merman, the production ran for 1,147 performances and was an instant sensation. The original Broadway production featured a book by Dorothy Fields and her brother Herbert Fields. In 1999 Annie Get Your Gun was mounted again on Broadway "starring Bernadette Peters, with a revised book by Peter Stone.
The story of the musical is a fictionalized version of the life of Annie Oakley, a sharpshooter who starred in Buffalo Bill's Wild West, and her romance with sharpshooter Frank Butler. Annie is a natural with a gun and ultimately becomes the star of Buffalo Bill's show, much to the dismay of the man she loves but can out-shoot, Frank Butler.
Directing the production will be FTC Executive and Artistic Director Steve Reily. Guest artist September Van Der Stoel will serve as Music Director, and Judd Vermillion will design the scenery. FTC Resident Stage Manager Courtney LeFan will design the lighting. FTC Costume Shop Manager Chasity Trajcheski will create costumes, and guest artists Rhonda and Regan Mann will choreograph the dance numbers.
June 16 - July 02, 2023
1668 U.S. 87
Fredericksburg, TX, 78624
Opens Friday, June 16, 7:30 p.m. at the Steve W. Shepherd Theater, 1668 Hwy 87 South, Fredericksburg, TX, 78624.
Runs through July 2, Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 2:00 p.m.
Admission is $29 for adults and $12 for children 17 and under.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.fredericksburgtheater.org or by calling the box office at 888-669-7114.