The Camden County Library System will host a live performance of “Annie Oakley: ‘Aim for a High Mark’ ” at its South County Branch presented by the American Historical Theatre, Thursday, March 26, 6:30 p.m.
The performance will reveal the real woman behind the legend. Annie Oakley, born Phoebe Ann Mosey, was probably the most famous woman of her day, an international celebrity by today’s standards. The diminutive sharpshooter and exhibition shooter competed in a sport and in a world dominated by men. As a child she learned to shoot from practical necessity, hunting to feed her parents and siblings. Growing up poor, overcoming a difficult and even abusive childhood, she just did what she needed to do to survive and to keep her family going.
During her career, Oakley fought for safe working conditions, fair and equal pay for a day’s work regardless of gender or heritage. Believing that women were just as capable as men, she firmly insisted that they should strive to achieve any goal or occupation that interested them. Her motto was to “Aim for a high mark…for practice will make you perfect.”
Oakley will be portrayed by Kim Hanley, a versatile actor, singer, costumer and dancer with early experience in the School of American Ballet and the Eglevsky Ballet in New York, as well as with the visiting Bolshoi Ballet and Stuttgart Ballet. She is a skilled costumer whose specialty is historical fashion. In her work with the American Historical she has portrayed Abigail Adams, Betsy Ross, Molly Pitcher and Alice Roosevelt.
Hanley has appeared at the White House Visitors Center, National Archives, National Portrait Gallery and many other venues.
This program is free and open to the public. Registration is available online or by calling the branch at (856) 753-2537. The program is funded by the Horizons Speakers Bureau of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
The Annie Oakley program is made possible in part by the American Historical Theatre, Philadelphia, PA.
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* Photo of Kim Hanley as Annie Oakley courtesy of American Historical Theatre.