ANNIE Get Your Gun

ANNIE GET YOUR GUN is returning to Rensselaer, 24 seasons later, commemorating The Carnegie Player’s 25th season! Annie was the second musical produced by The Carnegie Players and will be on stage July 27, August 2, 3 and 4, 2018 in the R.C.H.S Auditorium.

ANNIE GET YOUR GUN opened at The Imperial Theatre, New York, on May 16, 1946. It was a smash success and the critics cheered. Through the years since it’s opening night debut, ANNIE GET YOUR GUN has been one of author Irving Berlin’s “greatest achievements in the theatre.” ANNIE GET YOUR GUN is a favorite for all ages. It is simply a FUN show! The character Annie Oakley has been portrayed by Ethel Merman, Bernadette Peters and more recently by Reba McEntire. An average of 450 productions of ANNIE GET YOUR GUN are produced annually throughout the world.

Auditions will be held on Monday, May 14 and Tuesday, May 15 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm in the RCHS Lecture Hall. Callbacks if needed, will be held on Thursday, May 17. Please enter RCHS via the north entrance door #8. Come prepared to sing a song that showcases your vocal range; either from ANNIE GET YOUR GUN or your own selection. Piano accompaniment will be available. No one is pre-cast in this show. If you are singing from a pre-recorded media, please bring your own equipment. You may download in advance two forms at: or Facebook at: The Carnegie Players of Rensselaer. The Audition Form and Media Release Form should be filled out and turned in at auditions. These forms will also be available each night at auditions. Cast requirements: approx.. 12 male and female adults, young people, several children and a large supporting ensemble.

Off-site auditions will be available again this year for college youth. Please turn to our website or Facebook page listed above, for further details. Off-site auditions should be submitted no later than Sunday, May 13, 2018.

Returning Director Jon Clevenger is joined this year by Music Director Janice Malchow, and Choreographer Allisandra Potts is also returning. Claudia Earnest will round out the music on the keyboard. These four talented people promise to bring an exciting and memorable production earmarking Carnegie’s 25th Season.

Rehearsals will begin June 11 and will run Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights until the opening night of the production. A detailed schedule will be forthcoming. Children ages 5 and up may audition.

If you are interested in helping behind the scenes with sound and lighting, set construction, costumes, make-up, hair, advertising and promotion or any other aspect of the show, please come to auditions and leave us your contact information, or send an email to If you have any questions, please call Ron Jordan at 866-3212 or email at

We are seeking anyone and everyone who has ever been involved in a Carnegie’s Players production through our 25 seasons. Special remembrances of 25 years will be highlighting the days and weeks prior to opening night. Become a “friend” on Facebook, if you are not so already. Please “like”, Share and invite. Mark your calendar now to experience one of music theater’s more popular and well-known shows, July 27, August 2, 3 and 4, 2018.

Please see a synopsis of ANNIE GET YOUR GUN after Off-site audition information.

Off-Site Audition Information
If you cannot attend the auditions and wish to send a video, please record yourself singing the first verse of a song of your choice. Please choose a song that showcases your vocal range.

Please make sure your audition is no longer than two minutes. State your name, age and which part you wish to audition for before proceeding with the audition. Two forms should also be sent: The Audition Form and Media Release Form at the time you submit your video. These forms are available at: or Facebook: The Carnegie Players of Rensselaer. Also, please include a phone number that you can be contacted on May 13 and 14, 2018. Submissions will close on May 13, 2017. We must have your audition video and forms by this date.

You will receive an email confirmation of your video submission. You may only submit if you are outside of Jasper County during the nights of audition.

Please submit your video to:

If you have difficulty sending the audition video, please contact Katelyn Herre at:

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 is discovered by Col. Buffalo Bill, he persuades this novel sharpshooter to join his Wild West Show, it only takes one glance for Annie to fall head over heels for dashing shooting ace Frank Butler, who headlines the show. Annie 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 pitted against Annie in a final target shootout. The rousing sure-fire finale hits the mark every time in a testament to the power of female ingenuity.

Love and romance, challenges in life, egos bruised, toe-tapping memorable songs, history portrayed in theatre, and problems resolved; all reasons why ANNIE GET YOUR GUN, has been one of the more popular musicals ever created. ANNIE GET YOUR GUN BLAZED THE TRAIL in The Carnegie Players formative years.

Mark your calendars now. Become a part of The Carnegie Players 25th season; either on stage as an actor, behind the scenes as an assistant or techy or a guest in our audience.