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Theater guild selects fall play and encourages people to audition for the old west comedy.

DESIREE BERGSTROM/ MADRAS PIONEER - The High Desert Community Theater Guild marches in the Culver Crawdad Festival parade on Saturday, Aug. 17, all wearing costumes as they smile and wave at spectators.The High Desert Community Theater Guild will present "Buckshot and Blossoms," by Tim Kelly, as their fall production.

Auditions will be held at 6:30 p.m Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 27 and 28, at Culver City Hall.

The play is described as "a rip-roaring spoof of the Old West," with much humor along the way.

Down at the Trail Dust Hotel, the villainous Whip of the Whip Lash Gang is concocting nasty schemes to rob citizens, while his partner-in-crime, Pearl of Pecos, deals marked cards.

Meanwhile, the town has a new sheriff, the hero Johnny Wright, also known as "The Fastest Gun in the West."

Alas! The lovely Annabelle Rawlins, owner of the mine that Whip is trying to claim as his own, turns up with her campaign against guns inside town limits, favoring blossoms over bullets.

At one point, the Durango Kid (the meanest gunslinger alive) and the Sheriff play "high noon" in the hotel lobby, without a single shot being fired. The play is packed with action, comedy, and romance and is sure to be entertaining. Heck, there's even a wedding, and someone in the audience catches the bouquet!

The theater guild is looking forward to seeing the community come out for these "Wild West" auditions and asks that they help them spread the word about the auditions and upcoming production.

The guild usually performs two plays a year, one in the fall and one in the spring, and they are performed at the Madras Performing Arts Center.


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