At a virtual WAOS committee meeting on Monday night we agreed that we would postpone Annie Get Your Gun until April 2021. We felt that the likelihood of being allowed to open WPH for a show this October is slim indeed. Social distancing will likely remain a key weapon in the defense of the individual from infection for some time and maintaining distance beween members of the audience is conducive to neither an artistic nor financial success. Of course there are no guarantees we will be able to proceed in April 2021 but the chances must surely be much higher. If you have not already responded on Facebook please can you let me know if you will be available in April 2021 and the rehearsals that precede it. I am sorry to be the bearer of such news but I imagine it is not a complete surprise.

Please contact me directly at chairman@waos.org or call 0777 5672547 if you have any questions.

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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 - and along the way meets her match in Frank Butler, Bills leading man and star marksman.

‘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 brilliant family musical, based on a true tale, is laced with an abundance of humour, toe-tapping company dance numbers and one hit song after another, such as ‘There’s No Business Like Show Business’, ‘Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better’, and ‘They Say It’s Wonderful’. With numerous fabulous character roles and impressive choreography for the company of show dancers, cowboys, Indians and socialites, this is spectacle of ‘showbusiness’ not to be missed!

'Annie Get Your Gun' scored a bull’s-eye when it returned to Broadway in 1999, starring Bernadette Peters and sporting a revised libretto by Tony, Oscar and Emmy winner, Peter Stone. As Newsday reported, Stone's revisions 'are sweetly ingenious, and the show is a dream.' Stone reshaped the 1946 book to create a Wild West show-within-a-show that frames the ageless 'Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better' love story of sharpshooters Annie Oakley and Frank Butler. Stone has added a secondary romance between the younger sister of Frank's bothersome assistant Dolly, and a boy who is (to Dolly's horror) part Native American. 'The book has been updated in ways that pass p.c. muster,' reported Time Magazine, 'without losing all the fun.' Joined to the new book, of course, is that amazing Irving Berlin score, featuring hit after hit after hit. 'Irving Berlin's greatest achievement in the theater,' wrote the New York Post, 'Annie Get Your Gun' will always be a musical for the ages, one of the Broadway theater's enduring triumphs.'