Front from left: Fran Vogtman, Tom Vogtman, Rita Powell and Gina Powell and back from left: Lee Logue, Tom Valentine and Tom Shanklin pose for a publicity photo for “Granny Get Your Gun,” the newest murder mystery on the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad.


CUMBERLAND — Tom Valentine Productions and the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad announce the fourth show of their murder mystery season with the mountain themed performance of “Granny Get Your Gun.” The show is slated for Saturday with the train departing from the local station at 6 p.m.

For those familiar with the Broadway hit, “Annie Get Your Gun,” they will know the show centers around a strong female lead who surrounds herself with some odd and unusual characters. But the similarity to the Broadway original stops there as the local theater troupe has made this play one of their most original productions.

The hillbilly caper presents the character of Granny as next in a long list of scheduled “victims” for the tourist attraction. In fact, with a span of 14 years and more than 300 performances, the local theater group is the longest running troupe of its kind in the tri-state area.

Writer and director of the group, local English teacher Tom Valentine, has added another twist to this particular production. Most of the actors will play two different roles — one male and one female 0 to further complicate the plot.

“Many of the actors need to do a quick costume change between scenes. We have wigs, dresses and overalls flying around everywhere,” Valentine said. “We always try to make each production different. This time, the cast gets to display their singing and dancing talents ina choreographed foot stomping hoe-down musical number.”

This actually occurs during the murder scene itself. All of Granny’s kinfolk are trying to get their hands on her moonshine millions. As they sing and dance their way into a showstopper, Granny meets her demise — and the number ends with a bang ... literally.

Granny and Paw have two psycho twins — Billy Bob Bo Jimmy Bill and Erma Jean. But added to the mix are Sister Sue and Daisy Duke, who have motives of their own. When old Aunt Pearl arrives, along with a proper newcomer from England named Vincent, the action really takes off. Finally, Eloise and Elmer enter the scene to really confuse the matter.

It all depends upon Detective Dick to solve the case.

Information and tickets are available by calling 301-759-4400.

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