10 - 20 November 2004
Director and choreographer: Ray Jeffery
Musical director: Neil Streeter
The Haymarket, Basingstoke
Evenings: 7:30 pm, Saturday matinees: 3:00 pm
Calamity Jane is the story of the hard-bitten, gun-totin' gal who rides shotgun on the Deadwood Stage and is always exaggerating about her adventures on the stagecoach journey. She dresses like a man but can't help loving like a woman.
She is in love with Lieutenant Danny Gilmartin from nearby Fort Scully, but she also has a sparring partner in Wild Bill Hickock.
Henry Miller, the owner of the Golden Garter Saloon, has hired an actress, but instead he gets a song-and-dance man called Francis Fryer. This does not go down well with the male population of Deadwood and, to quell a near riot, Calamity promises to go to Chicago and bring back Adelaide Adams, a famous Music Hall star.
On arrival in Chicago, Calamity mistakes Adelaide's stage-struck dresser, Katie Brown, for the star and persuades her to go to Deadwood. Back in Deadwood, Katie is introduced as Adelaide Adams, but when she performs on the Goilden Garter stage, she is overcome with stage fright and has to admit who she really is. Calamity steps in again to persuade the crowd to give Katie a chance to perform as herself - she is a great success.
Both Danny and Bill fall in love with Katie. To complicate matters Katie herself has fallen in love with Danny, but hides her feelings for the sake of her friendship with Calamity.
The situation comes to a head when Calamity finds Katie and Danny in each other's arms and orders Katie to leave Deadwood. Once Calamity has cooled down she realises it isn't Danny she loves! To make amends Calamity rides after the stage and brings back Katie and the story has a happy conclusion in the form of a 'triple' wedding!
Box office tel: 01256 844244
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Wild Bill Hickock
Lt. Danny Gilmartin
Ian "Spud" Smith
Saloon Girls and Dancers: Carly Athawes, Jenna Augustus, Lauren Blaxill, Clare Brown, Rosalind Dutton, Lucy Errington, Judith Farr, Siobhan FitzPatrick, Sarah Jeffery, Verity Marsh, Libby Ruskell
Stage Door Johnnies: Pete Chandler, Joe Crawford, Oliver Hughes, Steve Jeffery, Paul Kelly, Craig Saunders
Ensemble: Di Annakin, George Carter, Stephanie Compton, Emma Cunningham, James Farmer, Rachel Glover, Nick Horsey, Tom Langley, Jean Leadbeatter, Holly Reedman, Myra Ward, Dawn Wylie
Director and Choreographer
Assistant to the Director
Deputy Stage Manager
Anthony Mitchell, Liz Ilett
Louise Ball, Richard Bond, Joyce Broome, Eileen Clewes, Jo Dell, Mike Jacobs, Beanie Potten, Keith Shergold, Tony Ward, Sharon Westwood
Lighting and Sound
Viking Stage Lighting
Scenery Supplied by
Stage Productions Co. Ltd
Theatrical Costume House (Westcliff), Margate Amateur Operatic Society
"Big Wigs" trading at Edward James Cutting Rooms, Basingstoke
Vanessa Deer, Elizabeth Flaherty, Keith Reynolds
Marketing and PR Officer
Bryn Hughes and Di Annakin
Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster. Music by Sammy Fain.
Adapted by Ronald Hanmer and Phil Park. From the stage play by Charles K.Freeman. After Warner Bros. film written by James O’Hanlon.
Presented by arrangement with Josef Weinberger Limited.