Ambitious starlets gathered at the New Wimbledon Theatre in the hope of starring alongside Jason Donovan in a Wild West musical.

With timeless, classic songs including There’s No Business Like Show Business, Annie Get Your Gun tells the legendary story of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West female sharpshooter Annie Oakley and her romance with fellow gun-slinger, Frank Butler.

Starring Emma Williams as Annie Oakley, Jason Donovan as Frank Butler and Norman Pace as Buffalo Bill, the little hopefuls were battling it out for the chance of performing alongside them as “little Jake.”

A star of stage and screen who has performed on the musical theatre stage across the globe, Jason Donovan has appeared in hit musicals including Priscilla Queen of the Desert, The Sound of Music, War of the Worlds and Joseph and The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat.

He says: “I’ve been very lucky in having some great roles to get my teeth into in the past, but now having the chance to star in the UK premiere production of this award-winning version of such a classic musical is very exciting.

“I’m very much looking forward to performing such brilliant songs and appearing alongside a truly great cast as we bring the Wild West to theatres across the country.”

Leading lady Emma Williams says: “I’m thrilled to be playing the legendary Annie Oakley alongside Jason and Norman, and performing iconic songs such as Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better and You Can't Get A Man With A Gun.

“Annie Oakley has been played by so many incredible actresses before that it's a privilege to fill those cowgirl boots.

“I couldn't be more excited to be Doin' What Comes Natur’lly!”