Community Players is preparing to bring to the stage the classic romantic comedy “The Rainmaker.” The play will run Oct. 20, 21, 27 and 28 at 7:30 p.m., with additional showtimes on Oct. 22 and 29 at 2 p.m.
The production tells the story of the Curry family, living at the height of the Dust Bowl. The drought is only one of their concerns. The other is to find a husband for Lizzie, the only girl of the family. Enter a charismatic stranger, Starbuck, who claims that, for $100, he can make it rain. Unlikely though his claim may be, Starbuck eventually wins Lizzie over and brings a rain that nourishes not only the land, but the Curry family, as well.
“I remember first reading this play when I was in high school and being immediately pulled in by the characters,” said Jamie Ulmer, Community Players managing artistic director. “There are typical comedy characters, but those scenes between Lizzie and Starbuck are really a terrific opportunity for two actors to go back and forth and take the audience on such a compelling ride.”
Playing the young ingénue Lizzie is Ashley Hothan, with Mason Gustafston as the alluring con man, Starbuck. Bruce Hahn takes on the role of Lizzie’s father H.C. Curry, with Sterling Johnson and Trevor Kern as her brothers, Noah and Jimmy. Sheriff Thomas is brought to life by Merle Jobman, while the wry and worldly File is played by Nicolas Roth. The production is directed by Ulmer.
“I hope audiences will be as excited to see this wonderful play as I am to finally have the opportunity to direct it,” Ulmer said.
Ticket prices are $18 for adults and $12 for students. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more. The production is sponsored by Wells Fargo Advisors.
The box office, located at 412 Ella St. in Beatrice is open weekdays from noon to 5:30 p.m. and two hours prior to performances. Reservations can also be made by calling 402-228-1801 or by going online to www.beatricecommunityplayers.com.