On tap at Chesapeake Arts Center: classic western, with a twist of fun

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September 01, 2002|By Christina Bittner | Christina Bittner,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

THE WESTERN is truly an American genre.

Its stories of the individual standing alone against injustice, the triumph of right over wrong, and man taming nature have been viewed throughout the world as American ideals.

Picture the classic western with a twist. That's what Do or Die Productions will bring to the Studio Theater of the Chesapeake Arts Center at 8 p.m. Saturday with its production of Oh No! At the O.K. Corral.

C.J. Crowe, the play's author and director, said that the plot is "very intricate."

"The object is to solve a year-old murder, but things keep getting in the way," Crowe said. "It's a bit more complicated than our other productions; a bit more of a challenge."

It also spoofs virtually every cliche we've seen in a western.

The scene of the crime is the Hitching Post, the last saloon open in the gold rush town named Oh No! Wild Bill Hitchcock died a year ago, and the residents haven't gotten over it. Wild Bill's son, known as the Sunburnt Kid, is determined to solve his father's murder and bring the culprit to justice, and he's not afraid to seek advice from the audience.

"We've all watched westerns where someone tries to give some information before they die," Crowe said. "We make a lighthearted spoof of it. I mean it does deal with murder, which is not the nicer side of humanity, but the show is interactive and you never know what will come out of the audience's mouth." Crowe is ready for contributions from the audience and won't be at all surprised at what she may hear.

"With doing these shows at the Studio Theater, there's no alcohol involved," she said. "At the dinner theaters you never know what will happen. It can get pretty wild.

"That's what is so good here. We can concentrate on the performance and not have to worry about the bus people or people getting up to go to the buffet line," Crowe said.

"There is a very loyal crew of about 40 that attend every one of our shows," she continued. "They are such a nice group, and it makes the show more interactive. You know we are all trained not to talk in the theater, but having this group there gives the newcomers courage to speak up."

Tickets are $12 for members of Chesapeake Arts and $16 for non-members. Tickets will be available at the door. Information: 410-636-6597.

Fashion show

The Women's Club of St. Athanasius Roman Catholic Church will hold its seventh annual Fall Fashion Show at 7 p.m. Sept. 27 in the church hall, 4708 Prudence St.

Tickets are $10 in advance and $11 at the door and include a buffet, door prizes and raffles.

For information or to reserve tickets, call 410-789-1236, 410-355-1346 or 410-789-3762.

Scouts' invitation

Cub Scout Pack 188 invites boys in first through fifth grades and their parents to attend the pack's Back to School Night at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the St. Rose of Lima School Hall, 410 Jeffrey St.

Cubmaster John Baer will provide information on the Scouting program, Scout activities and benefits. Information: 410-969-3038.

Seniors at the wheel

AARP's driving program, 55 Alive, will be given from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at the LifeResource Center, 2990 S. Hanover St.

The two-day program will present seniors with information on defensive driving techniques and driver's license renewal requirements. The cost of $10 will include lunch.

Information: 410-350-8255.

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