Performance dates: 15th – 19th March 2011
Venue: The Haymarket, Basingstoke
Director: ANDREW CULLEY Assistant Director: CAROLINE PRICE Musical Director: SIMON EASTWOOD Choreographer: CARI DEAVES
Henry Miller KEITH SHERGOLD Susan HAYLEY CHEESWORTH “Doc” Pierce DAVID SCANLAN Will Bill Hickock GORDON SUTTON Calamity Jane ALEX STORES Rattlesnake CAROLINE PRICE Joe CLIVE SLATTER Francis Fryer CHRISTOPHER MAY-MILLER Lieut. Danny Gilmartin ROBIN WALTON Adelaide Adams CARLIE COHEN Katie Brown CHARLOTTE BARNES
GRACE BONNER ALICE EMBERSON JO FEASEY LOUISA HUTTON VICKI LEWIS JENNY MOSELEY LAURA-JANE WREY
RUSSEL BEARD ANNE BELL LIZ BOYLE HELEN CAUNCE RACHEL GAFFNEY JIM HAMBLIN LISA HOLBROOK KATHY MAY-MILLER TOM MCREAVY TIM PRICE JULE SUTTON NICK WILLIAMS
Production Managers DAVID SCANLAN Stage Manager CAROL MINIFIE Assistant Stage Manager FRANK BELL Stage Crew
IAN 'SPUD' SMITH
Fly Crew CRAIG PRALL Chaperones
Lighting Design EDDIE KIND Lighting Operative IAIN STORES Sound Design KEIRON MURPHY Properties TRACEY CLASBY Wardrobe SHELAGH THOMPSON Wardrobe Assistant
Costumes COSTUME WORKSHOP Make-Up and Hair PHYLLIS KENNEDY Wigs EJ CUTTING ROOMS Photography IAIN STORES Sales and Marketing CARLIE COHEN Publicity Materials and Programme IAIN STORES Prompt
|Assistant Director:||CAROLINE PRICE|
|Musical Director:||SIMON EASTWOOD|
|Henry Miller||KEITH SHERGOLD|
|“Doc” Pierce||DAVID SCANLAN|
|Will Bill Hickock||GORDON SUTTON|
|Calamity Jane||ALEX STORES|
|Francis Fryer||CHRISTOPHER MAY-MILLER|
|Lieut. Danny Gilmartin||ROBIN WALTON|
|Adelaide Adams||CARLIE COHEN|
|Katie Brown||CHARLOTTE BARNES|
|Production Managers||DAVID SCANLAN|
|Stage Manager||CAROL MINIFIE|
|Assistant Stage Manager||FRANK BELL|
IAN 'SPUD' SMITH
|Fly Crew||CRAIG PRALL|
|Lighting Design||EDDIE KIND|
|Lighting Operative||IAIN STORES|
|Sound Design||KEIRON MURPHY|
|Make-Up and Hair||PHYLLIS KENNEDY|
|Wigs||EJ CUTTING ROOMS|
|Sales and Marketing||CARLIE COHEN|
|Publicity Materials and Programme||IAIN STORES|
One of the legendary figures of the Old West, Calamity Jane lives in Deadwood and rides shotgun on the stage-coach between Deadwood and Chicago. She dresses as a man, drinks like a man and can shoot better than most men. Although there is an element of truth in her adventures, the number of Indians shot and brave soldiers saved by her have led the townspeople to feel that she is “careless with the truth”!
Despite her outward toughness she has fallen for Lieutenant Danny Gilmartin and also, to a lesser extent, Wild Bill Hickock, a gambler.
Henry Miller is the owner of the Golden Garter Saloon and is anxiously awaiting actress Frances Fryer booked to perform that night. His anxiety increases when she does not arrive on the stage-coach. Due to a booking error a song and dance man Francis Fryer arrives instead, not what Miller’s red blooded customers would want. To dispel a riot Miller persuades Fryer to do a female impersonation. This is a disaster but Calamity saves the day (and Miller’s hide) by promising the angry audience she will go to Chicago and fetch Adelaide Adams, a famous start of vaudeville.
In Chicago, Calamity mistakes Adelaide Adams’ maid, Katie Brown, for the great star. Stage-struck Katie seizes the chance to break into show business by agreeing to perform at the Golden Garter. Her impersonation of Adelaide flops, but Calamity calms the audience and, given a second chance, Katie performs her own act and becomes the toast of Deadwood.
Katie and Calamity become good friends and Katie moves into Calamity’s cabin in the beautiful Black Hills of Dakota. Danny and Bill have fallen for Katie and visit the cabin to seek her favour. A ball at Fort Scully promotes an opportunity for the four of them to go as a foursome, with Calamity in a borrowed gown, revealing her feminine side and becoming the belle of the ball.
Danny finds himself alone with Katie, and declares his love for her. Katie although worried about Calamity, is overcome by passion and they fondly embrace and kiss. Calamity discovers them and flies into a rage, ordering Katie to get out of town.
Calamity sets back to her cabin to throw Katie’s belongings out, but on the trail with Wild Bill she discovers her “Secret Love” for him, and yes, you can guess, it all ends with wedding bells. But for how many weddings?