Local residents are invited to a shooting match as Gahanna Lincoln High School presents "Annie Get Your Gun."

Performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. May 11-13 and 2 p.m. May 14 at the school, 140 S. Hamilton Road.

Drama Director Cindi Macioce said the show is classic Broadway and contains some of the most beautiful musical theater songs ever written.

Some of the numbers include "There's No Business Like Show Business" and "Anything You Can Do."

The musical tells a fictionalized version of the life of Annie Oakley, a sharpshooter who starred in Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, and her romance with sharpshooter Frank E. Butler.

Macioce said the directing team chose this show because it fits in with the department philosophy that theater-music students need to be introduced to classic pieces, as well as the current and more contemporary offerings.

"Students need to have foundational pieces in their repertoire," Macioce said.

She said the version Gahanna will produce is the updated 1999 Peter Stone revival.

"In this version, an additional story line and characters have been added to reflect a changing society," Macioce said. "The plot now includes a 'show within a show' concept."

Senior Chloe Garrett, who portrays Oakley, said the character was definitely outside her comfort zone in the beginning.

"Messing with her character has been fun," she said.

Garrett said Gahanna has recently produced contemporary shows.

She said "Annie Get Your Gun" allows students to go back to a classic from where it all began.

Junior Sean Pettit, who plays Butler, said it has been fun.

"I get to become a swaggy showman," Pettit said. "He's big-headed. This has been my first real lead, so it has been moderately stressful."

Pettit said audiences will enjoy the "hilarious" show, as well as the fun sideshow.

"I think the audience will enjoy the slight, stubborn back and forth between Annie and Frank. The two characters love one another but neither will admit it and neither will admit who is the better shot," Pettit said.

Junior Jace Nguyen, who plays Tommy, said audiences should especially like the music.

"The ensemble sounds good," he said. "It's a nice group of kids working together. I think the community will enjoy it."

Tickets cost $12. They will be available online at localevelevents.com or at the school beginning Monday, May 8.

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