CLT will give audiences a taste of the Wild West

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LEWISTON – Lewiston-Auburn Community Little Theatre’s next show will be the popular Irving Berlin musical “Annie Get Your Gun,” with run dates of Aug. 10 -19. The show, which concludes CLT’s 67th season, will be presented in the air-conditioned Lewiston Middle School auditorium on Central Avenue.

The rousing musical scored a bull’s-eye when it returned to Broadway in 1999, starring Bernadette Peters and sporting a revised libretto by Tony, Oscar and Emmy winner Peter Stone. Stone reshaped and adapted the 1946 book by Herbert and Dorothy Fields to create a Wild West show-within-a-show that frames the ageless “Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better” love story of sharpshooters Annie Oakley and Frank Butler.

He added a secondary romance between the younger sister of Frank’s bothersome assistant Dolly and a boy who is part Native American. “The book has been updated in ways that pass p.c. muster – without losing all the fun,” Time Magazine repoprted.

Liz Rollins has the lead role of Oakley with Joel Biron playing opposite her as Butler. Heather Asquith and Chris Camire play out the secondary love story of Winnie Tate and Tommy Keeler.

Male supporting roles: Zachary Hews as Charlie Davenport; Henrik Strandskov as Chief Sitting Bull; Dan Crawford as Col. Willliam F. Cody (Buffalo Bill) and Phil Vampatella as Pawnee Bill.

Sonja Cutter is Dolly Tate. Annie’s young siblings are played by Katie Naum, Meredith Crawford and Connor Crawford.

Rounding out the cast as cowboys, cowgirls, Indians and Society Women are Jackie McDonald, Jeffrey McDonald, Garret Crawford, Bill Grant, Emily Grant, Joshua Harris, Samuel Jackson, Gregory Judd, Raedelle Knight, Derrick Lacasse, Camden Martin, Hannah Martin, Mackenzi Masselli, Crystal Packard, Vincent Ratsavong, and Geoffrey Welsh.

Assisting director David Lock are Kathi Asquith, assistant director; Kathleen Cutler, musical director, assisted by Delmar Small; Vincent Ratsavong, choreographer; Raedelle Knight, producer; Adam Blais, stage manager/props, assisted by Carla Henault. Kathy Haley is rehearsal pianist.

Marianne Miller is costumer, assisted by Helen Strode and Kathy Jarboe; Scott Powers, sound design; Jim Raymond, sound operator; Richard Martin, light design; Bill Hamilton, set design; Ellen Hodgkin, set decor; Bob Moore and Chris Sabo, set construction; and Rachel Morin, publicity.

Advance tickets are $15, $13 for seniors and full-time students. Reservations may be made by calling the box office at 783-0958 or accessing the theater’s Web site at www.laCLT.com.

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