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, 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.
Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin
Book by Herbert and Dorothy Fields
The second show of the season was the classic Irving Berlin musical “Annie Get Your Gun.” The cast included nearly 30 children and an adult cast of equal number. The cast and staff also included at least ten different families in the production. It was the first time that Rosemary Luitjens debuted as stage director for a musical. Players received a Town of Normal Arts Grant to help with the cost of costumes.