Nation Ford gets ready to present ‘Annie Get Your Gun’

Special to the Fort Mill TimesFebruary 26, 2014 

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    The Nation Ford Drama Department presents “Annie Get Your Gun” at 7:30 p.m. March 6-9 with a 3 p.m. Sunday matinee. Tickets are available at the door: $10 for adults and $8 for students. Sunday tickets are $5 for students.

— Mosey on down to Nation Ford High School for “Annie Get Your Gun.”

The show will run from Thursday, March 6, through Saturday, March 9. Show time is 7:30 p.m. with a matinee at 3 p.m. on Sunday.

The play is the story of Annie Oakley, an unassuming sharpshooter who impresses and beguiles her male counterparts with her skill when Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show comes to her town. Featuring such hits as “Anything You Can Do (I Can Do Better)” and “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” the show has been delighting audiences of all ages for years.

“This is a completely student-run show,” says senior Garett Johnson, who plays Charlie Davenport. “We are like a family and you can really feel that warmth on stage.”

Their enthusiasm for the show has not dampened even after multiple delays due to a recent winter storm cut into their rehearsal time.

“The snow really threw us off,” says senior Andrew White, who plays Buffalo Bill, “We missed a full week of rehearsal. But we have been working really hard to make sure the show will still be great.”

Parent volunteer Stephanie Renner emphasized how important involvement from parents and the Fort Mill community have been to the success of Nation Ford’s drama department.

“One of our goals is to be a bridge between the community and the arts,” Renner said. “At Nation Ford we provide a safe and fun atmosphere to nurture, teach, and provide a creative outlet for the students.”

The show will be bittersweet for seniors such as Emily Hoffman, who plays Oakley, taking their final bow.

“I’m sad to be leaving, but I’m happy to help build this amazing program,” Hoffman said.

The show is appropriate for all ages, and children are encouraged to wear western gear to pose with members of the cast after the show.

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