"Annie Get Your Gun" is the 2017 Summer Youth Community Theater production from Arts Outreach, running July 26 to 29 at the Santa Ynez Valley High School Theater. Performances begin at 7 p.m.
As the story goes, rough-and-tumble Annie Oakley is the best shot around. A backwoods gal, Annie uses her skill to support her family by selling the game she hunts. When she’s discovered by Buffalo Bill and persuaded to join his Wild West Show, Annie is plucked from obscurity and becomes the toast of Europe. Annie meets her match in Frank Butler, Buffalo Bill’s leading man and star marksman. She falls head over heels for Frank, but soon eclipses him as the main attraction in the show. Her success with a gun makes trouble for Annie’s chance at romance.
"Annie Get Your Gun" follows the journey of Annie and Frank, revealing their competitive natures as they vie for best shot -- and each other’s hearts. This fictionalized version of the life of real-life sharpshooter Oakley and her romance with Butler boasts a score of Irving Berlin gems, including “There’s No Business Like Show Business," “I Got Lost in His Arms," “I Got the Sun in the Mornin'," "Anything You Can Do” and “They Say It’s Wonderful.”
Reserved tiered seating is available for $15 and $20. Tickets are available by phone at 688-9533, and at the door as space permits. Featuring a cast of local students between the ages of 10 and 17, this play is suitable for all ages.
Arts Outreach is a nonprofit arts education organization that provides experiences in visual, dramatic, literary and performance art to the communities of the Santa Ynez and Los Alamos valleys. Its mission is to “bring life to art and art to life.” For more information, visit www.artsoutreach.com.