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Barbershop performance will have Western theme

A crow calls somewhere in the distance. A dusty wind carries a lonesome tumbleweed down the the empty streets of a one-horse town. Inside the local Punkin' Center Root Beer Cafe, cowboys have gathered to sing songs and tell stories about life on the western trail. 

Southwest Pride Barbershop Chorus, in conjunction with the Sweet Adelines, will bring those scenes to life when present their production of "Barbershop at the Ole Watering Hole."

The chorus, formed in 1965, was originally called the Lawtonaires. Several years after its formation, the group merged with a group from Duncan and its current iteration was born. These days, the chorus has around 20 members.

The Sweet Adelines is an international women's singing organization. The Lawton chapter was formed in 1968, and is currently in its 50th year. 

During the performance, the chorus will be performing "Cool Water," "Wagon Wheels," "Tumbleweeds," "Goldmine in the Sky," "Shenandoah," "Don't Fence Me In," "If They String Me Up," "Bury Me Out on the Lone Prairie," Elvira" and Happy Trails." 

"Of all the music we do, this genre tends to be the most widely appreciated by our audiences" said Neil West, president of the chorus. 

"The Sweet Adeline's Harmony Chorus was specially written into the script. Brad Hobbs plays the sheriff and bartender. Crowd favorite Jan Stratton plays the narrator and is also our mistress of ceremonies. Shawn Roberts is our show chairman. Our show's artistic director is Jan Kissick, a former stage performer himself."

The show will include an intermission, during which West says they will give away some door prizes.

The second half of the show will feature the Sweet Adelines, as well as the Under the Radar Quartet and the Chairmen of the Chord Quartet.

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