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A musical story about a girl and her gun

The Pilot/Graphic by Lon Goddard, photos by Jef Hatch

When country girl Annie Oakley accepts a shooting challenge and quickly finds that “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” she reminds her partner that “Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better,” but when she falls in love, she also learns, “You Can’t Get A Man With A Gun.”

This is the story of “Annie Get Your Gun” in a nutshell, the Irving Berlin musical based on the book by Herbert and Dorothy Fields, being performed by the Chetco Pelican Players. The song titles are just three of many that are performed during the production.

Oakley, played by Tawndy Davidson, is a farm girl from Ohio who must shoot game to feed her family. Because she is poor, she has learned to make every bullet count. When “Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show and Congress of Rough Riders from Around the World” comes into town, they begin to set up in front of a hotel. The hotel owner Foster Wilson (Tommy Jones) asks that the show find another location, but  the show’s pitchman Charlie Davenport (Lon Goddard) strikes up a deal that the company will leave if Wilson can find a marksman better than Frank Butler (Erick Gothard). Wilson accepts the challenge, meets Oakley and puts her against Butler.



A perpetual art student

Dale Wells chooses a tool to create a watercolor painting in his basement studio. The Pilot/Lorna Rodriguez
The first time Brookings watercolor artist Dale Wells entered a painting in a county fair he didn’t see it hung with the other paintings. 

Wells, who had only begun painting six months prior,  figured fair organizers thought the piece wasn’t good enough to show. 

After looking at the rest of the pieces, Wells walked through the special section area where all of the blue ribbons winners were hung – there was his painting. Wells was a first place winner.


Desserting traditional art

“Incredible Inedibles” are on display at Brian Scott Gallery. No refrigeration required. The Pilot/Lorna Rodriguez

Decadent cakes, mouth-watering pies, chocolate-dipped strawberries and colorful sugar cookies are all part of artist Audi Stanton’s newest project, “Incredible Inedibles.”

Incredible Inedibles, Stanton’s “whimsical and humorous” dessert sculptures, are on display and for sale in the Brian Scott Gallery, located at 515 Chetco Ave.

“They’re really fun, and I was hoping to get a good laugh,” Stanton said.



Local orchestra announces concerts at three venues

The Curry-Del Norte Orchestra Guild has announced the dates and locations for the orchestra’s spring concert series.

Performances are planned in Gold Beach, Brookings, and Crescent City. 

The Gold Beach concert will take place at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at Bethany Lutheran Church, 94190 Fifth St.; the Crescent City concert will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 29, at the Elk Valley Rancheria, 2332 Howland Hill Road; and the Brookings concert will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 30, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1200 Easy St.



Two popular plays open Friday

Tawndy Davidson plays Annie Oakley in “Annie Get Your Gun.” The Pilot/Bill Schlichting

‘Annie Get Your Gun’

The Chetco Pelican Players brings to the stage the Broadway classic “Annie Get Your Gun” for a three-weekend run beginning Friday, April 13, at the Chetco Playhouse.

The musical contains some of the biggest songs in Broadway history, such as “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” “Anything You Can Do,” “You Can’t Get A Man With A Gun,” “Sun in the Morning and the Moon at Night” plus many others. 

Heading up the cast is Tawndy Davidson as Annie Oakley, Erick Gothard as Frank Butler, Mike Moran as Buffalo Bill Cody, Lon Goddard as Charlie Davenport, and Ariel Farris as Dolly Tate. The cast is also supported by another 20 actors who sing and dance.


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