Artisan Theatre

Artisan Center Theater (NON EQUITY) announces auditions for

the Main Stage production of

Annie Get Your Gun

Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin

Book by Herbert Fields and Dorothy Fields

Directed by Reid Horton

Music Direction by Richard Gwozdz

Performed at Artisan Center Theater at 444 East Pipeline Road, Hurst, Texas


The story of the great sharpshooter Annie Oakley, who rose to fame while dealing with her love/professional rival, Frank Butler.

AUDITION DATES:  Monday, November 26, 2018 from 7-10pm and Tuesday, November 27, 2018 from 7-10pm. 

CALL BACKS: Callbacks (if necessary) will be held Wednesday, November 28, 2018 from 7-10pm.

LOCATION:  Auditions will be at Artisan Center Theater's Second Stage at 444 East Pipeline Road, Hurst, Texas 76053.

REHEARSAL DATES: Rehearsals will begin Saturday, January 12, 2019 and will be Monday-Friday from 7-10p and Saturdays from 9a-5p.  (Not everyone will be called for every rehearsal.)

PRODUCTION DATES: The production runs February 22-March 30, 2019. Performances are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights at 7:30pm, with additional Saturday matinees at 3pm beginning March 2.  Most parts are double cast to accommodate scheduling.


AUDITION INSTRUCTIONS:  Vocal auditions are by appointment. Copy the following link into your browser and then make an appointment: Please choose 16 bars of a song in the style of the show that will best display your vocal ability and come prepared to sing with your sheet music cut and marked and in the appropriate key.  An accompanist will be provided so accompaniment CDs or phone recordings may not be used.  Please bring a headshot/resume and your completed audition info found at


The dance audition will be from 8-9pm on November 26-27. All actors who wish to be considered for a dancing role must attend one of the two dance auditions. Actors will learn and perform a dance combination, so please bring clothes you are comfortable dancing in and appropriate dance shoes. Please be warmed up and ready to dance. If asked to return for a call back, expect to dance and possibly learn/sing a song from the show.


Actors will be given six complimentary vouchers to be used during the first four performances, a season ticket (valid for one year) to be used during the first week of Main Stage productions, a show t-shirt and access to digital production photos.


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.


Featuring such Irving Berlin hits as “Anything You Can Do”, “You Can’t Get A Man with A Gun”, “Doin’ What Comes Naturally”, “The Girl That I Marry”, There’s No Business Like Show Business”, “I Got The Sun In The Morning”, “Anything You Can Do”, “They Say It’s Wonderful”, and many more, this is one show you won’t want to miss!


Frank Butler – Male, Lead, 30-60, Baritone; A suave sharpshooter in Buffalo Bill's show--he enjoys his status as a heartbreaker and star of the show, and would like to keep it that way; low A-high F.


Annie Oakley – Female, Lead, 18-40, Mezzo-Soprano; Backwoods woman, an incredible talent as a markswoman, has no idea about "nuthin' cept shootin'"; she immediately falls head over heels for Frank, who prefers a more dainty type of woman; a happy, endearing country girl who is an amazing markswoman; illiterate, not very "lady-like"; strong singer-comedian who carries the show; mezzo-belt, low G-high F.


Tommy Keeler – Male, 17-26, Supporting, Tenor; A dashing young knife-thrower with the Wild West Show, part Native American, and very much in love with Winnie. Tenor or High Baritone Low B flat – High F. Two duets with Winnie.


Winnie Tate – Female, 15-25, Supporting, Mezzo-Soprano; Dolly's 17-year-old sister. Tommy throws knives at her and hopes to marry her as soon as she turns 18. Mezzo Soprano or Soprano. Low B flat – High F. Two duets with Tommy.


Dolly Tate – Female, 18-40, Supporting, Alto; Frank Butler's "lovely" assistant, an over-the-top, bigoted, ambitious, and mean-spirited woman whose principal role is to make everyone else miserable; she does this in a very funny way.


Colonel William F. Cody a.k.a. Buffalo Bill – Male, 35-75, Supporting, Baritone; middle-aged soldier/Indian scout turned showman; runs the "Wild West Show" that features sharpshooters Annie Oakley and Frank Butler, and plenty of musicians, cowboys, cowgirls, Indians and assorted family members; low B–high F.


Little Jake – Male, 6-13, Featured, Alto; Annie's 8- to-10-year-old brother, her "bird dog" who flushes out game for her to shoot; extra points if he can make "armpit noises"; boy soprano or alto; low B flat-high D.


Jessie – Female, 8-16, Featured, Alto; Annie's 10- to-14-year-old sister, also part of the family hunting business; sopranos/altos; low B flat-high D.


Nellie – Female, 8-16, Featured, Alto; Annie's 10- to-14-year-old sister, also part of the family hunting business; sopranos/altos; low B flat-high D.


Chief Sitting Bull – Male, 35-80, Featured; leader of the Sioux Nation, adopts Annie as his daughter and puts his money into show business with the Wild West Show in order to be near her; has keen insight into human nature, which he shares through many one-liners.


Charlie Davenport – Male, Featured, Baritone


Foster Wilson – Male, Featured


Major Gordon Lillie a.k.a. Pawnee Bill – Male, 35-80, Featured; owner of the Far East Show; Buffalo Bill's former partner and current rival.


Ensemble – Large singing-dancing ensemble with numerous small roles




Artisan Center Theater produces eight full scale Broadway style musicals a year in their 195-seat theater-in-the-round. Artisan also stages three additional special event plays on the new 150-seat thrust stage located on Second Stage.  Also on Second Stage, Artisan Children’s Theater produces six children's shows each year where children perform for children.  As part of their mission to create opportunities to experience uplifting family-friendly theater, Artisan offers a complete program of theatrical education, dance and performing arts classes throughout the year. Opening in 2003 and now serving more than 90,000 patrons each year, Artisan Center Theater is located at 444 E Pipeline Rd. in Hurst, Texas. The theater is closed on Sunday. For more information on Artisan visit




Artisan Center Theater

444 East Pipeline Road

Hurst, Texas 76053