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CALAMITY JANE

Forever associated with the character she created
- Doris Day as Calamity Jane

Music by Sammy Fain, lyrics by Paul Francis Webster, adaptation by Phil Park and Ronald Hanmer

Original British theatre production - 27 August, 1979 - Forum Theatre, Billingham

This musical Western is adapted from the celebrated stage-play and film.

Synopsis

'Calam' dresses like a man, totes a gun and drives the Deadwood City stagecoach. Well-meaning, but disaster-prone, she tries to help the local saloon proprietor out of a jam by promising to fetch a music-hall star from Chicago. A hilarious comedy, it nevertheless has many tender moments and some very famous numbers, including "Secret Love", "Black Hills Of Dakota, "Deadwood Stage" and "Windy City".

Story:

Deadwood City's two most famous peace officers, Calamity Jane and Wild Bill Hickock, get involved in saving the neck of Henry Miller, the local saloon operator. It seems that "Millie" has been promoting a beautiful actress named Frances Fryer, but Frances turns out to be a boy, Francis. Millie's attempt to cover up is soon unmasked by the angry miners, and

To keep the peace, Calamity sets out for Chicago to bring back the miner's real heart-throb, Adelaide Adams. In Chicago Calamity mistakes Adelaide's maid, Katie Brown, for the actress and hauls her back to Deadwood. Onstage Katie is greeted warmingly, but breaks down and confesses that she is not the famous star. Calamity once more has to restore order and persuades the audience to give Katie a chance. They do, and she wins the heart of every male in town including Calamity's dashing love hope, Lt. Danny Gilmartin. Calamity reluctantly overcomes her jealousy over losing Danny and discovers her true love for Wild Bill.  

MUSICAL NUMBERS:

  1. Deadwood Stage
  2. Adelaide
  3. Everyone Complains About the Weather
  4. Weather Dance
  5. Men
  6. Careless with the Truth
  7. A Hive Full of Honey
  8. Adelaide's Ballet
  9. Weather Dance lesson
  10. I Can Do Without You
  11. 'Tis Harry I'm Planning to Marry
  12. Windy City
  13. Keep It Under Your Hat
  14. Exaggeration Ballet
  15. Higher Than a Hawk
  16. A Woman's Touch
  17. Love You Dearly
  18. The Black Hills of Dakota
  19. Secret Love

CHARACTERS

     

Principals:

4 female, 7 male

Instrumentation:

Reed I (alto sax, clarinet), Reed II (alto sax, clarinet), Reed III (tenor sax, flute), Reed IV (tenor sax, clarinet), horn, 3 trumpets, 2 trombones, percussion, guitar, piano, strings

Discography

Studio Cast Recording TER CDTER2 1215 (Complete)


DRESS PLOT

CALAMITY JANE BILL HICKOCK LIEUT. DANNY GILMARTIN KATIE BROWN

 

 
HENRY MILLER
Act One
Sober, middle-aged suit of the period.
Act Two
Scene 2 and 3. Evening suit, overcoat.
Scene 5. Morning suit of the period.
SUSAN
Act One
Pretty teenage dress.
Act Two
Scene 2 and 3. Young-style ball-dress with simple cloak and head-scarf.
Scene 5. Bridal gown.
FRANCIS FRYER
Act One
Scene 1. (a) Slick city-suit of the period, slightly theatrical.
(b) Woman's vamp-style stage-dress -with all accessories (female impersonation).
Scene 3. As Scene 1 (a).
Act Two
Scene 2 and 3. Smart evening suit of the period, overcoat.
Scene 5. Bridegroom's morning suit.
ADELAIDE ADAMS
Act One
Scene 2. Over-stylish dress of the period, with stole, striking hat, etc., to give successful-actress-off-stage impression.
RATTLESNAKE.
Act One
Seedy "Western old-timer" outfit.
Act Two
Scene 2 and 3. Smartened-up version of same character, with seen-better-days overcoat.
Scene 5. Ill-fitting tail-suit, battered top-hat.
DOC PIERCE
Act One
Darkish slacks, belt, white shirt.
Act Two
Scene 2 and 3. Oldish black-suit, collar and tie, overcoat.
Scene 5. Same suit, flower in buttonhole.
MALE CHORUS Optional variations on the "cowboy" and "prospector" outfits of the period (riding slacks, chaps, gun-belts, coloured /patterned openneck shirts, some with neckerchiefs, leather jerkins, etc.) Some more decorative jackets, cravats, etc., for the party scene. Military duty and dress-uniforms of the period.
FEMALE CHORUS Period dresses of "Dodge City" style. Some "lady-like" dresses of the period. Party-dresses, with cloaks.
DANCERS Period chorus-girl dresses for the Can-Can.

ADAPTERS' NOTE ON Scenery  The play requires three main sets, and our basic suggestion is that the largest, THE GOLDEN GARTER, should remain more or less permanently set. 

Act One This Act would seem to present no problem, since THE GOLDEN GARTER set, used for the first and third of the three scenes, would not be affected by the intermediary Scene 2, which is a small downstage set for which the backing can be either a frontcloth or a hinged flat.

Act Two

It is suggested that during the interval the FORT SCULLY set (middle-sized) should be pre-set within THE GOLDEN GARTER set, and that the CABIN set should be pre-set within the FORT SCULLY Set. (To facilitate this, all movable props would obviously be cleared from THE GOLDEN GARTER set, and the "stage" and bar-counter shifted upstage if practical and if necessary.) Thus the Act would open on the CABIN set (the smallest of the three) and during Scene 2 (front-cloth) this would be struck to reveal FORT SCULLY for Scene 3. Then, during Scene 4 (front-cloth again) the FORT SCULLY set would be struck to reveal THE GOLDEN GARTER again, for the final scene.

An alternative plan would be to set only the CABIN within THE GOLDEN GARTER for the opening of this Act, in which case it would have to be practical to strike the CABIN and replace it with FORT SCULLY, still within THE GOLDEN GARTER, during the front-cloth
Scene 2.
The above suggestions are made with all due deference to the ingenuity of the Director and /or the Stage Director who will have in mind the practicalities of the stage and the style and scale of the scenery it is desired to use.
PHIL PARK / RONALD HANMER THE ORCHESTRA The complete orchestra for Calamity Jane comprises 3 Trumpets, 2 Trombones, 4 Saxes, Horn, Violins A.B.C., Viola, Cello, Bass, Guitar, Drums and Piano. The 1st Alto, 2nd Alto and 2nd Tenor Saxes double Clarinet; the 1st Tenor Sax doubles Flute. However, in the event of Saxes not being available, parts are provided for non-doubling Flute and 1st and 2nd Clarinets. A 3rd Clarinet may be added by playing the whole of the 2nd Tenor Sax part on Clarinet. A special orchestral piano part is supplied, which should be used; the pianist should NOT use the vocal score. The Violin parts are printed Violin A to one book; Violin B and C together in a second book.  The minimum combination for a successful performance is 2 Trumpets, 1 Trombone, 3 Saxes (or 3) Woodwind), 3 Violins, Cello, Bass, Drums and Piano. Thereafter, instruments should be added in the following order; 2nd Trombone, 2nd Tenor Sax (or 3rd Clarinet), 3rd Trumpet, additional Violins, Viola, Horn and Guitar.  All parts are cued where necessary, and the vocal score has complete instrumental marks and cues for the conductor's guidance.
RONALD HANMER.

SYNOPSIS OF SCENERY 

Act One  Act Two  Scene 1. CALAMITY JANE'S CABIN. 

Musical Numbers