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Annie Get Your Gun

LogoSept. 7 - Oct. 17
Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin
Book by Herbert & Dorothy Fields
As Revised by Peter Stone

Produced by special arrangement with the Rodgers & Hammerstein Theatre Library.

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 is discovered by Col. Buffalo Bill Cody, he persuades the 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. Originally produced on the Joseph Stein Stage in 1999, starring Joanna Armington and Kent M. Lewis, this rousing sure-fire musical hits the mark every time.

 

Scenes & Musical Numbers
Director Notes
Cast Bios
Production Staff Bios
Theme Dinners

Amish Acres

 


Annie Get Your Gun
Archive Photographs

 

 

A Note from the Director…

Welcome to The Round Barn Theatre and our production of Annie Get Your Gun!  Based on a true story, Annie Oakley, born Phoebe Ann Mosey was an American sharpshooter. Oakley's amazing talent and timely rise in popularity, led to a starring role in Buffalo Bill's Wild West show, which propelled her to become the first American female superstar. A traveling show marksman and former dog trainer Francis E. Butler (Frank) an Irish immigrant, placed a $100 bet with Cincinnati hotel owner that he would beat any local fancy shooter. The hotelier arranged a shooting match with Annie. After missing his 25th shot, Butler lost the match and the bet, a serendipitous irony that led him to become a well-known winner in backstage life. Butler began courting Oakley, and they married on June 20, 1882. Throughout her career, it is believed that Oakley taught upwards of 15,000 women how to use a gun. Oakley believed strongly that it was crucial for women to learn how to use a gun, as not only a form of physical and mental exercise, but also to defend themselves. This sensational, romantic but scrappy love story of Annie and Frank is portrayed in a “show within a show” style and will have you singing and tapping your toes to memorable tunes such as I Got the Sun in the Morning and the Moon at Night," “Moonshine Lullabye," “Doin’ What Comes Natur’lly," and the show stopping, heart throbbing “There’s No Business Like Show Business!”  Annie’s unfailing spirit and never ending optimism is best captured in her lifelong motto “Aim at a high mark, and you will hit it!”

Maria Rivers

 

Annie Get Your Gun Cast

 

Annie Oakley

Sarah Ann Koster

Frank Butler

Blane Pressler

Buffalo Bill Cody

David Jacobs

Dolly Tate

Emily Baer

Charlie Davenport

Luke Bridges

Tommy Keeler

Matt Casey

Winnie Tate

Meghan Mitchell

Jessie

Leigh Van Ryn

Nellie

Hannah Shetler

Little Jake

Carson Collins

Sitting Bull

Nick Madson

Foster Wilson / Pawnee Bill

David Ryan

Ensemble

Kristen Lynne Blossom

 

Ian Conner Brumbaugh

 

Kirstin Flaglor

 

Alexa Jordan

 

Annie Get Your Gun Staff

 

Executive Producer

Richard Pletcher

Managing Artistic Director

Laurie Schotz

Director / Choreographer

Maria Rivers

Music Director

Michael Misko

Production Stage Manager

Phillip B. Richard II

Technical Director

Alvin Yoder

ASM/Sound

Corey McIntyre

ASM/Wardrobe

Alyson Sundal

Set Designer

Richard Pletcher

Costume Designer

Laurie Schotz

Lighting Designer

Phillip B. Richard II

Music Consultant

Travis Smith

Vocal / Dance Captain

Matt Casey

 

Meghan Mitchell

Box Office Manager

Jennifer Scheffer

 

Scenes & Musical Numbers

Prologue

There's No Business Like Show Business

Frank Butler & Company

Act I

 

Scene 1 the Front Lawn of the Wilson Arms Hotel in Cincinnati, Ohio

 

Doin' What Comes Natur'lly

Annie, Jessie, Little Jake, Nellie & Wilson

The Girl That I Marry

Annie & Frank

You Can't Get A Man With A Gun

Annie

'Show Business' (Reprise)

Frank, Charlie & Buffalo Bill

Scene 2 a Pullman Car on the Overland Steam Train

 

I'll Share It All With You

Tommy & Winnie

Moonshine Lullaby

Annie, Jessie, Little Jake, Nellie, Charlie, Tommy & Buffalo Bill

Scene 3 the Main Tent on the Minneapolis Fair Grounds

 

'Show Business' (Reprise 2)

Annie

They Say It's Wonderful

Annie & Frank

My Defenses Are Down

Frank, Charlie, Tommy, Winnie & Buffalo Bill

Finale Act One

Annie

Act II

Scene 1 the Deck of a Cattle Boat

 

Wonderful

Annie

I Got Lost In His Arms

Annie & Ensemble

Scene 2 the Ballroom at the Hotel Brevoort, New York City

 

Why Do You Love, I Hope

Tommy & Winnie

I Got The Sun In the Morning

Annie & Ensemble

Sun / Moon (Playoff)

Annie & Frank

An Old Fashioned Wedding

Annie & Frank

The Girl That I Marry (Reprise)

Frank

Scene 3 the Property Room

 

Scene 4 the Shooting Match

 

Anything You I Can Do

Annie & Frank

Finale Act Two

Annie & Frank

 

Annie Get Your Gun Cast Bios

Emily BaerEmily Baer (Dolly Tate) is originally from Goshen, IN. She received a BFA in Musical Theatre from Millikin University. Emily was seen this season as Kaye in The Round Barn Theatre's opening production of The Taffetas and in 2009 as Grizabella in Cats, and Ruth in The Pirates of Penzance. Other favorite roles include Marian in The Music Man and Mrs. Mullin in Carousel.

 

 

Kristen BlossomKristen Lynne Blossom (Running Deer) is thrilled to be working at The Round Barn Theatre. In 2008 she received her BA in Theatre Performance from Huntington University. She is originally from New Jersey, and has performed on many stages across the country. Some of her favorite roles have been Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors, Babe in Crimes of the Heart, and Laura in The Glass Menagerie.

 

 

 

 

Luke BridgesLuke Bridges (Charlie Davenport) is pleased to be returning to The Round Barn Theater after appearing in last season’s Pirates of Penzance and CATS. A native Arkansan, Luke is a graduate of Ouachita Baptist University. Past professional credits include Les Miserables, Motel in Fiddler On The Roof, Professor in South Pacific, and Thoroughly Modern Millie.
Love and thanks to my family.

 

 

 

Amish AcresIan Connor Brumbaugh (Ensemble) is excited to spend his summer doing what he loves in the very theatre that first introduced him to the magical world of theatre.  Ian’s very first audition was for the Round Barn’s production of Peter Pan in 2000.   At seven years old and after getting cut from the second round of callbacks, Ian chose to not give up but to instead to believe in himself and become dedicated to his sudden passion.  Through the years he was repeatedly overlooked, being told that he should take his lack of directorial interest as a hint to find a new love.  Not being one to give up, Ian is now proud to say that “dreams really do come true.”  With over 30 different productions under his belt and only a senior at Wawasee High School, Ian plans to pursue theatre in college and as a career.  “I would like to thank Laurie Schotz for giving me the opportunities she has given me to work here for the past couple of years.  Whether it was intentional or not, Laurie has given me much more than just a few jobs, she has given me reassurance and confidence I need to keep pursuing my dreams.” 

 

Matt CaseyMatt Casey (Tommy Keeler) is thrilled to be returning to The Round Barn Theatre this season. Matt is from Cascade, IA and has recently earned a BFA in Musical Theatre from Rockford College in Rockford, IL. Last summer Matt could have been seen in Round Barn Theatre productions of Once Upon A Mattress and Oklahoma! Some of his other favorite credits include Puck in A Midsummer Nights Dream, Leo Frank in Parade, Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors, and Munkustrap in CATS.
Thanks to my family and friends for their continual support. Thank you for coming! Enjoy the show!

 

Carson Collins (Little Jake) is an 8th grader at Edwardsburg Middle School and is thrilled to be making his debut at The Round Barn Theatre at Amish Acres! He recently attended Interlochen Center for the Arts and has been in many shows with Elkhart Civic Theatre and Premier Arts including  Seussical the Musical, Willy Wonka Jr., The Wizard of Oz, to name a few.

 

Kirstin FlaglorKirstin Flaglor (Mrs. Schuyler Adams) Kirstin joins the company from Columbus, OH where she has performed as Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady, Annie Oakley in Annie Get Your Gun, Marian Paroo in The Music Man, and Maria in The Sound of Music. This past year, Kirstin toured the USA with The African Children’s Choir. She is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University where she majored in theater.

 

 

David JacobsDavid Jacobs (Buffalo Bill Cody) is a recent graduate of Rockford College where he earned his BFA in Musical Theatre performance. Some of his favorite roles have included Francesco in The Glorious Ones, Rum Tum Tugger in CATS, Jack Slaton in Parade, and Audrey II in Little Shop of Horrors.
Thank you to everyone who has helped me get here today!

 

 

 

 

Alexa JordanAlexa Jordan (Mrs. Sylvia Potter-Porter) is so excited to call The Round Barn Theatre her home for the 2010 season! You may have recently seen Alexa as Cheryl in The Taffetas and Katie in this season’s production of Plain and Fancy. She is a graduate of Oklahoma City University where she earned a BM in Musical Theatre performance, and hails originally from Newton, NC.
I am so thankful for the love and support of her family and friends! Love to JAR. 

 

 

 

 

Sarah KosterSarah Ann Koster (Annie Oakley) is a native of Grand Rapids, MI.  She is a graduate of Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA where she received two degrees in Musical Theater and Psychology. Her favorite past credits include Amneris in Aida, Jo March in Little Women: The Musical and Martha in The Miracle.
All my love to my friends and family for all their love and support

 

 

Meghan MitchellMeghan Mitchell (Winnie Tate) is absolutely thrilled to be at Amish Acres this summer, working with the amazing casts of 42nd Street and Annie Get Your Gun. Meghan recently graduated from North Central College, Naperville with a degree in Musical Theatre and cannot wait to start the life of a Chicago actor! Favorite credits include Chicago at Timber Lake Playhouse, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and Oklahoma! at Discoveryland! U.S.A.,  Landmark Theatre Festival at the Prologue Theatre, Cats at The Dixie Swim Club, and Pippin at North Central. 
Thank you to Brian, Mom, Dad, and Bailey!

 

 

Blane PresslerBlane Pressler (Frank Butler) is thrilled to be performing in his home state of Indiana! Born and raised in Fort Wayne, he attended Indiana University Purdue University of Fort Wayne. Favorite National Tour credits include Much Ado About Nothing. Regional/Stock credits include City Of Angels, Hamlet, Love’s Labors Lost,  The Odd Couple, Jesus Christ Superstar, Lucky Stiff, Pork at Festival 56, Princeton, IL, 1776 and Oklahoma! at The Barn Theatre, Augusta, MI, and Kiss Me Kate and Annie at The Huron Playhouse, Huron, OH. University credits include The Comedy Of Errors,   The Caretaker, The Crucible, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, The Taming of the Shrew, Hay Fever, Merrily We Roll Along, Medea and The Exonerated.

 

David RyanDavid Ryan (Pawnee Bill) is originally from Buffalo, NY although he's spent the last 3 years working regionally in South Carolina, Tennessee, Arkansas, and Colorado.  He earned his BFA in Theater Studies from Niagara University. Favorite regional credits include Rent asMark, Spelling Bee as Leaf Coneybear, Altar Boyz as Matthew, Into The Woods as Rapunzel's Prince, Romeo & Juliet as Romeo, Midsummer Night's Dream asLysander, and I Love You Because asAustin.
Much love to friends and family. www.davidryan.webs.com

 

Hannah Shetler (Nellie) is thrilled to be making her debut at The Round Barn Theatre  at just 9 years old!  She is currently a home school student in the 4th grade. Her hobbies include drawing and of course acting.

Leigh Vanryn (Jessie) is a 13 year old Elkhart native making her Round Barn Theatre debut. Her acting credits include nine musicals, two dramas, two short films, one TV commercial, and one Notre Dame Mainstage Shakespeare production. Leigh is in the 8th grade at Stanley Clark School in South Bend and has an interest in veterinary medicine and hopes to continue acting.


Annie Get Your Gun Staff Bios

Corey McIntyre (Sound Designer) has been involved with theater technology since age 12 and has been lucky enough to build a career steadily in the field of sound. He’s worked everywhere from churches to amusement parks with exposure to everything from bluegrass to rock and roll.
Thank to my family and friends for all the love and support they give.

Michael Misko (Music Director) is pleased to return to his friends at The Round Barn Theatre after being seen as Frederick in last season’s Pirates of Penzance and most recently as Billy Lawlor in 42nd Street where he was thrilled to be able to share the stage with his lovely girlfriend, Sarah.A Pittsburgh native,his Regional credits include Guys & Dolls as Benny Southstreet, West Side Story as Tony, Joseph...Dreamcoat as Pharaoh, Fiddler on the Roof as Perchick, The Pillowman asKaturian, Romeo & Juliet as Mercutio, Cabaret as Cliff, Bat Boy as Dr. Parker, Rocky Horror Show as Brad, Jesus Christ Superstar asPilate, The Apple Tree asAdam/Sanjar/Flip. www.michaelmisko.com

Richard Pletcher (Executive Producer), with his father LaVern, founded Amish Acres in 1968. The Amish farm was preserved and restored and is now listed in The National Register of Historic Places. Following a one year experiment in dinner-theatre with George Bledsoe in 1971, he added musical theatre to the interpretation of the historic farm by producing Plain and Fancy in the Locke Township Meeting House in 1986. It moved to the Round Barn Theatre in 1991. The play has been running for 25 consecutive years having surpassed 3,500 performances before audiences of over 350,000 people. Plain and Fancy’s Tony Award® winning author Joseph Stein and Tony Award® winning composer Albert Hague have attended Plain and Fancy at Amish Acres.

At Mr. Stein’s urging Amish Acres became a regional musical repertory theatre in 1996 with the addition of five shows in rotation with Plain and Fancy each season. Amish Acres has now produced seventy two different main stage Broadway musicals and The Round Barn Theatre stage is named for and dedicated to Joseph Stein. Eight of Mr. Stein’s musicals have been produced on his stage, including Plain and Fancy, Fiddler on the Roof, The Baker’s Wife, and Zorba, plus staged readings of Take Me Along, Rags, and Carmelina, plus a Second Stage Production of Enter Laughing. As you might expect, he has said that The Round Barn Theatre is his favorite regional theatre with which he has been associated.

In October of 2006, Dick and his wife Susan were guests of Joseph and Elisa Stein in New York City for the York Theatre’s Mufti Series production of Plain and Fancy, the last in a month long, three show festival of Stein’s work that included Take Me Along and Carmelina. Artistic Director James Morgan recognized Amish Acres’ twenty year production of Plain and Fancy in the program and in his introductions from the stage. The Pletchers and Jeremy Littlejohn attended the York’s presentation of the Oscar Hammerstein Lifetime Achievement Award in Musical Theatre to Joseph Stein in November of 2007. Stein was further inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame in February of 2008. He passed away in 2010 and the Joseph Stein Memorial Fund was created to provide free season tickets to kids.

Philip B. Richard II (Production Stage Manager / Lighting Designer) is excited to be joining The Round Barn Theatre family for his first season. Philip grew up in Dallastown, PA and was an Entertainment Coordinator for 5 years at the Walt Disney World Resort and has previously worked for Austin Shakespeare Festival, Orlando Shakespeare Theater,Festival 56 in Princeton, IL, and recently Honolulu Theatre for Youth. His regional credits include the National Post Broadway premiere of Souvenir with Orlando Theatre Project and World Premiers of If You Give A Moose A Muffin, Stripes & Stars, and Wittenberg. Philip’s regional lighting credits include productions of The Pillowman, Stripes and Stars, Nosferatu, Rocky Horror Show, Footloose, Scrooge, and Jesus Christ Superstar. Philip is a member of the Equity Membership Candidate program and the Stage Manager Association.
I would like to thank Kevin for his continued encourgment and you the audience for supporting the arts, without you theatre would not be possible. Enjoy the show!

Maria Rivers (Director / Choreographer) is thrilled to be Director/Choreographer of Annie Get Your Gun as a part of the 2010 Round Barn Season here at Amish Acres!  A 28 year veteran of the professional entertainment industry, Maria Rivers is no stranger to the stage. She has produced shows for theme parks world wide, been an artistic director for several well known show choirs, directed and choreographed High School, Church, Community, Civic and Professional theatre shows as well as been an adjudicator for choral, solo and show choir competitions. A graduate of the University of Evansville with dual degrees in vocal performance and theatre studies, she has logged many hours on stage and backstage, as well as behind the scenes production. She has studied the dance and choreography techniques and participated in master classes in dance, choreography, and musical theatre voice and theatre techniques. Maria has been a director/choreographer for The Music Theatre of Louisville and the Actors Community Theatre. She will be a theatre adjunct instructor with the Signature School in Evansville, IN this fall. Some of her favorite director/choreographer roles include Seussical, Little Shop of Horrors, The King and I, Hello Dolly, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and West Side Story. Maria now includes Annie Get Your Gun as one of her top “five” favorites shows of all times! With so many memorable songs and lively tunes you can’t help but smile!
My thanks to everyone for making my time here joyful and memorable! I have so enjoyed these incredibly talented and professional actors and crew as they have brought the story of Annie Oakley to life!

Laurie Schotz (Managing Artistic Director / Costumes) is thrilled to be returning for a second season at Amish Acres. Before joining the Amish Acres staff in 2009 she was the Artistic Director for 10 years at Bearcreek Farms Resort in Bryant, IN. Prior to her time there, you could have seen her fall off a building at Old Tucson Studios, aboard a cruise as a production singer/dancer, or running her own entertainment company in Chicago, IL for 13 years. She would like to thank her brother Michael for teaching and guiding her through a difficult time but always keeping her laughing. He has taught her a goal is a dream with a deadline.
I hope you enjoy your whole experience at Amish Acres and remember to “Embrace the Pace!”