Annie Get Your Gun

A musical about the life of sharpshooter Annie Oakley.

At the Blackfoot Performing Arts Center — August 9-17 (excluding Sundays)

Directed by Jana McBride and assisted by Amy Moser, Tiniel Williams, Carissa Christiansen, and Diane Burt

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.

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Director

JANA MCBRIDE

Jana McBride has degrees in music theater and music therapy as well as a teaching certificate from ISU. She currently teaches drama and music for The Snake River School District. And before that, taught voice and piano lessons for 20 years, directed kids choirs, and ran a music preschool. She has directed 15 musicals and assistant directed 15 others. She has played several roles including the baker’s wife in Into The Woods, Minnie Fay in Hello Dolly, and most recently Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady. She has six children and a supportive husband, Scott.

Starring

ANNIE OAKLEY — KIAH SPJUTE

Kiah Spjute (Brown) is excited to be performing on the Nuart stage once more. She was a 2012 graduate at Blackfoot High School and went on to study Voice and Performance at Utah State University, graduating with her BFA in Vocal Performance in May 2018. She had the privilege of studying voice with Dr. Cindy Dewey during her collegiate career. She has performed in musicals and other stage productions since childhood and finds that the stage is still her happy place. She has been a featured soloist on the award-winning album On a Cold Winter’s Night produced by the USU Chamber Singers, and has played various roles including Belle in Beauty and the Beast in BHS’s 2012 production, Mary in Savior of the World with the Boise LDS Institute, and Emma in Jekyll and Hyde with the Cache Theatre Company where she starred opposite her husband, Jake Spjute. Jake and Kiah are currently living and working in Blackfoot as well as teaching private voice lessons. They are also starring as Annie Oakley and Frank Butler in the Blackfoot Community Player’s upcoming production of Annie Get Your Gun running August 9-17.


FRANK BUTLER — JACOB SPJUTE

Jake Spjute is a tenor from Boise, Idaho. He graduated from Borah High School in 2007. During that time he learned that he loved to sing in musicals, and even a little bit of opera. After serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Neuquen Argentina, he attended Utah State University where he studied with Dr. Cindy Dewey, Dr. Errik Hood, and worked extensively with the Dean of the College of the Arts, Craig Jessop. After earning a bachelors degree in vocal performance and starring in various lead roles in both the music theater and opera departments at Utah State, and also performing with Opera Idaho, Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theater Company, Music Theatre West, and Cache Theatre Company, Jake married his college girlfriend, Kiah Brown. They’ve been trying to sing and perform together as much as possible while balancing full-time jobs and trying to start a family. He loves living in Blackfoot and has adapted well to becoming a “country boy.” He especially loves fishing with the Browns on the weekends.


BUFFALO BILL CODY — BRYCE MOSER

Bryce Moser, father of five, and physician at Blackfoot Medical Clinic. He plays “Sparky.” Always looking for a laugh, this class clown sings baritone. His day job was “better dresses”…whatever that means.


CHIEF SITTING BULL — DANE CHRISTIANSEN

Dane is a native of Snake River who has a plethora of children ….and alias’! He answers to oddities such as Mufasa, Your Majesty, Captain America, Mr. Banks, Kerchak, and Father. The old song says the “heart belongs to Daddy” but for Dane, the heart belongs to the stage and costume closet. Making every production more lively and fun on a variety of levels, he traded in his acting cap to serve on the BCP board, with some pretty fabulous people, I might add, just so he could get a key to the historic Nuart Theater…. and maybe a free popcorn once in a while.


CHARLIE DAVENPORT — MICAH HILL

Micah is currently missing a bio and photo.


Additional Cast Members

  • Dolly Tate – Bailey Hudson
  • Tommy Keeler – Logan Hansen
  • Winnie Tate – Lexi Crockett
  • Foster Wilson – Merritt VanOrden
  • Mac, the Prop Man – Zane Gardner
  • Jessie, Annie’s Little Sister – Calista Christiansen
  • Nellie, Annie’s Little Sister – Charity Atkinson
  • Little Jake, Annie’s Little Brother – Taylor Smith
  • Running Deer – TJ Romreill
  • Eagle Feather – Wayne Crowther
  • Dining Car Waiter – Abrahm Hansen
  • Sleeping Car Porter – Sam VanOrden
  • Pawnee Bill – Jason Arnold

  • Messenger – Merritt VanOrden
  • Ballroom announcer – Larz Hawker
  • Mrs. Sylvia Potter-Porter – Meagan Fairbourne
  • Mrs. Schuyler Adams – Susan Duff
  • Cowboy trio – Anthony Niu, Sam VanOrden, Abrahm Hansen
  • Gymnasts – Kaydence Peterson, Lilian Hill, Koryn Hill, Cooper Hansen, Logan Hansen
  • Others – Mekina Stuart, RoseMary Stuart, Alycia Adams, Abby Thornley, Taite Baldwin, Tegan Weaver, Emily Gailey, Hannah Cox, Madison Smith, Martha Arnold, Elizabeth Wada, Olivia VanOrden, Jennifer Hill, Jannae Thomson, Shelly Gailey, Sydney Case, Cami Grace, Julie Crowther, Ashlyn Young, Enoch Young, Mandee VanOrden
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