PARIS – This year’s Oxford Hills biennial School-community Broadway Show will be the rootin’, tootin’ Wild West adventure “Annie Get Your Gun,” by Rodgers and Hammerstein.

This year marks the 30th year school and community members have joined forces to present a top-quality show.

“Annie Get Your Gun,” with music by Irving Berlin, will be staged at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, April 1, 2 and 3, and at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, April 4.

The 1999 Tony Award-winning adaptation by Peter Stone is fun, fast and romantic with its love conquers all and rags to riches themes. The remake featured Bernadette Peters “stepping into the boots” of Ethel Merman. Later on, the rollicking lead part was taken over by Reba McIntire.

Featured are such spirited musical numbers as “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” “Anything You Can Do (I Can Do Better)” and “I Got the Sun in the Morning.”

Kenn Sawyer is book director and Bath Barefoot Jones is music director. The cast includes Frank Butler, Ace marksman played by Steve Jones; Annie Oakley, played by Katie Lotito; Buffalo Bill Cody, played by Steve Session; Dolly Tate, Frank’s assistant, played by Jane Riseman; Tommy Keeler, knife thrower, played Brandon Pullen; Winnie Tate, Tom’s assistant and Annie’s sister, played by Meredith Jones; Charlie Davenport, general manager of Buffalo Bill’s Show, played by Josh Twitchell: Foster Wilson, the hotel owner, played by Elton Cole; Mac, played by Charles Howes; and Sitting Bull, played by Kyle Martin.

Annie’s siblings are played by Kelsey Gable, and Chris and Will Kyle. Running Deer and Eagle Feather are played by Jonathan Potter and Tucker Johnson; the waiter and the porter by Owen and Mike Davis; Pownee Bill, a rival showman, by Dennis Twitchell; and the messenger by Brandon Sukeforth.

Dual roles of Sylvia Potter-Porter and the Queen ofEngland are played by Kristen Searles; while Jen St. Pierre plays the dual roles of Mrs. Adams and the Tsarina of Russia. Jane Fahey plays the Queen of Italy.

Other chorus members and dancers are Janice Nichols, Kim Trombley, Kelsey Franklin, Vanessa Greeley, Kayla Norton, Abby Rogers, Ellie Schwaner, Jenna Johnson, Savannah Sessions, Cindy Reedy, Amanda Allen, Jeanie Stone, Janaya Millett, Elizabeth Hanson, James Blake, Bob Tifft, Jason Millett, Andy Churchill, Kemsen Searles and Alyssa Wyman.

Debi Irons is choreographer; Norm Hutchins, technical director; Nancy Marcotte and Claire Sessions, set designers; and Kathy Millett, Shirley Parsons and Diane Maddix, costuming.

Tickets may be purchased at the door or at a ticket sale from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 27, in the high school lobby.

For tickets by mail, people can send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to “Annie Get Your Gun,” 196 Whittemore Road, Oxford, Maine 04270. Include seating preference as to balcony or orchestra and what day you wish to attend.

Tickets are $9 for adults and $7 for students in grades K-8 and seniors age 62 and older. Checks need to be made payable to the Oxford Hills Music Fund.

Tickets-by-mail forms are located at Hannafords and Books-N-Things in Oxford; at Norway Savings Bank in Bethel, Bridgton, Norway and South Paris; and at Wal-Mart. They can also be found at all Oxford Hills schools.

The mail-in forms also offer an opportunity to become a sponsor of the event.

For more information, people can contact the music office at 743-8914, ext. 1015.


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