Opera has cowboys, indians, children and great songs

THE stage is all set for Hawick Amaeteur Operatic Society’s production of Annie Get Your Gun.

The town hall curtain will rise on this year’s show on Monday, March 11, with the cast treading the boards all week until the Saturday matinee.

Two new leads take centre stage in the story based on the lives of sharp shooters Frank Butler and Annie Oakley, with Society regular and treasurer Janie Mallin playing the leading lady, and new member Merijn Schepens, originally from Holland, portraying her rival and love interest. And with showstopping classics including There’s No Business Like Show Business, Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better, and You Can’t Get A Man With A Gun, audiences are certainly in for a treat.

Society member Shelagh Duncan said: “Cowboys, Indians, children and great songs – what else does a production need?”.

Two sets of three children are performing a night each as Annie’s little brothers and sisters, namely Abbie McCaughey, Connie Lothian, Ben McCredie, Eilidh Murray, Nikki Stavert and Shanni Murphy. Shelagh commented: “The children are tremendous and doing a fantastic job.”

Buffalo Bill is played by Iain Scott, Charlie Davenport (Kevin Sykes), Chief Sitting Bull (David Paterson)

and Pawnee Bill (Steve Law), Winnie (Natalie Paterson), Dolly (Amanda Blacklock and Tommy (Ross Aitkin) in leading roles. Start times are 7.30pm each night and Saturday afternoon is 2.15pm. Tickets available from ILF Imaging, Sandbed, or at the door.