Calamity Jane


In the wild-west outpost of Deadwood City, 1876, we find the sharpshooting tomboy, CALAMITY JANE surrounded by cowboys, townsfolk, and the famous Wild Bill Hickok. After a mix-up in the talent pool at Deadwood’s saloon-theater, Calam goes to Chicago to import to Deadwood the glamorous actress, Adelaid Adams, but returns by mistake with her maid, Katie Brown instead. Back in Deadwood, Katie’s inability to perform is overcome as she wins the heart of the young Lieutenant Danny Gilmartin, and when Calam sheds her tomboy persona at a ball at the local Fort and becomes a true woman, she realizes that she loves Wild Bill Hickok.

*Music samples courtesy of Jay Records and Warner Bros Records.

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  • Synopsis
  • Credits
  • Orchestration
  • Rehearsal Materials
  • Brief History
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  • We are in the wild, lusty, warm and humorous Old West of Deadwood City, Dakota Territory, 1876. Our story tells of famed Calamity Jane who dresses, rides and shoots like a man, but given the proper chance can be a beautiful girl who hankers for the love of a man. The man may be dashing Lt. Danny Gilmartin or the justly famed Wild Bill Hickok.
    Fuss-budget Henry Miller, owner of Deadwood’s hotel-bar-theatre, nervously awaits the arrival of the lovely eastern actress, Frances Fryer, to embellish his show. His niece, Susan, assures him that Calamity will bring the stagecoach to town on time. And so Calamity does to the sharp and singable beat of Deadwood Stage. But the “actress” turns out to be a young man, “Francis” and not “Frances” of the hoped-for opposite sex.
    The show must go on, and “Millie” contrives to dress Fryer as a woman, but when the latter’s wig falls off during the show, the local characters rise in noisy anger. Only Calam’s trusty pistol restores order; also her promise that “Millie,” to make amends, will import to Deadwood the east’s most glamorous star, Adelaid Adams herself. The men are overjoyed, but Will Bill, Lt. Danny Gilmartin and “Millie” know full well that Adelaid Adams wouldn’t be caught dead in Deadwood.
    Calam, after a rip-roaring song-battle with Wild Bill expressed in I Can Do Without You, storms out headed for Chicago.
    Calam mistakes Adelaid’s maid, Katie Brown, for the great actress herself. Before she is aware of it, she is stage-coaching Katie back to Deadwood where Katie is greeted in high excitement as the famed Adelaid Adams.
    Unnerved by Fryer when he becomes aware of her true identity, Katie breaks down at the opening show, and only Calam’s masterful control of the audience saves the day. Bucked up by Calam, Susan and Fryer, Katie gives a show-stopping performance. All of Deadwood’s hearts are won, not the least being the hearts of Danny and Wild Bill.
    After a ball given in honor of the new commander at Fort Scully, Calam, dressed in Katie’s finery, is the belle of the event. Her hour of triumph explodes when she finds Katie with Danny. In a fit of jealous anger she orders Katie to leave town, but Wild Bill corners her and reveals to the inner Calam that she is a real woman despite the fact she professes to act like a man. She learns that it was Bill all the time (not Danny) she loved. Her realization is expressed in the hauntingly lovely Secret Love which won an Academy Award.
    CALAMITY JANE closes joyously with all of Deadwood’s citizens attending a double wedding, that of Calam to Wild Bill and Katie to Lt. Danny Gilmartin. Two wonderfully humorous ballets and such numbers as Windy CityA Woman’s TouchBlack Hills of DakotaAdelaid and Higher Than A Hawk make CALAMITY JANE one of the most rewarding school and community group productions.

  • Adapted for the stage by Charles K. Freeman from a screen play by James O’Hanlon
    Produced by Warner Bros.
    Music by Sammy Fain
    Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
    Choreography conceived by Harding Dorn
    Dance Music prepared by Jack Lee
    Orchestral & Vocal Arrangements by Philip J. Lang

  • Full Orchestration

    2 Violin I (2 stands, 4 players)
    1 Violin II (2 players)
    1 Viola (2 players)
    1 Cello (2 players)
    1 Bass

    1 Reed I: Clarinet, Alto Saxophone & optional Flute
    1 Reed II: Clarinet & Alto Saxophone
    1 Reed III: Clarinet & Tenor Saxophone
    1 Reed IV: Clarinet, Bass Clarinet & Baritone Saxophone

    1 Horns I & II
    1 Trumpets I & II
    1 Trombone I
    1 Trombone II

    1 Percussion:
    Timpani (2 pedal drums), Xylophone, Bells, Vibraphone, Trap Set [Bass Drum, Snare Drum (brushes & sticks), Tom Tom, Suspended Cymbal], Wood Blocks (2 pitches), Temple Blocks, Triangle, Cowbell, Ratchet, Tambourine & Castanets.

    1 Guitar & Banjo
    1 Piano & Celeste

    Piano-Conductor’s Score sent with rehearsal material.

    This orchestration requires 25 players. However, the orchestra parts were voiced so that it is possible to use as few as ten players: Bass, Percussion, Piano, 4 Reeds, 2 Trumpets and Trombone I

  • 1       Piano Conductor’s Score
    1       Prompt Book
    19     Dialogue Parts
    33     Chorus-Vocal Parts

  • CALAMITY JANE was adapted for the stage from the film musical of the same name with Doris Day in the title role and Howard Keel as Wild Bill Hickok. This stage version of the show was premiered at the Municipal Theatre in St. Louis in 1961.

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    John Marshall High School GLEN DALE, WV 03/27/2015 03/29/2015
    Lawson High School LAWSON, MO 04/23/2015 04/25/2015
    Circle Christian School WINTER PARK, FL 06/04/2015 06/07/2015