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Wild comedy in the Wild West as Theatre Guild presents four day run of fall play at Madras PAC.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Jeff Lancaster, left, Jerry Lee, center, and Marsha Casey, right, practice their parts during a rehearsal for the upcoming play, set to open Thursday at the Madras Performing Arts Center. Tickets are free but donations are gladly accepted. The High Desert Community Theatre Guild will present "Buckshot and Blossoms," by Tim Kelly, this week.

Performances will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 24-26, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, at the Madras Performing Arts Center.

Produced by Pioneer Drama Service Inc., Denver, Colorado, 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" performances. Tickets are available at the Madras-Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce office and at Culver City Hall. Tickets will also be available at the door.

All performances are free, but donations are gladly accepted.


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