SHELBURNE -- This November the Shelburne Players will present its production of The Rainmaker. The theater group invites the public to audition for seven roles: six male and one female.
Sue Nelson will produce the play and Joe Dye will direct. Dye, the chairperson of the play-reading committee, is excited to present Richard Nashs play.
A film of the play came out in the mid 1950s, said Dye. The main character is Starbuck. At the time it was a magical name and a charismatic type of character who hits a little prairie town like a tornado.
Dye said that he first saw The Rainmaker performed by the Essex Players, and has been intrigued by it ever since.
For its production the Shelburne Players will stick to the original script and set the play in the 1930s, with no modern twists.
I am a firm believer in doing what the playwright did, said Dye. We will change a few minor things. For example, the characters smoked a lot, but well drop it because of all the hoops you have to jump through to do that.
Dye said that all the roles are up for grabs at the auditions, and although the characters are few in number, there are plenty of opportunities for local theater buffs to get involved.
Were always looking for volunteers, said Dye. There are lots of jobs available, from set building to make up and costume design.
Auditions will be held on Friday, Sept. 14, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and on Saturday, Sept. 15, from 12 noon to 3 p.m. at the Shelburne Town Center. For more information contact Joe Dye at 864-4872 or visit
At a time of paralyzing drought in the West, a young womans father and two brothers are worried as much about her becoming an old maid as they are about their dying cattle. One day, from out of nowhere, there appears in town a big, bold stranger with a mellifluous tongue and a grandiose manner. Calling himself Starbuck, he claims to be a rainmaker, and he promises to bring rain to the parched farm town for $100. Skeptical but desperate, the men become preoccupied with following his bizarre instructions for bringing rain, while Starbuck turns his attentions on to the young woman.
H.C.The patriarch of the clan, 50ish, gentle, unassuming, seasoned, wise.
Noah30ish, H.C.'s eldest son. He lives in a small world of books and accounts. He is the manager of H.Cs ranch.
JimIn his 20s, H.C.s youngest son is energetic, with an air of innocence combined with a need for discovery. He is clearly under Noah's thumb.
LizzieThough only in her late 20s she appears to be headed for spinsterhood. Lizzie is bright, independent, strong-willed. As Nash wrote, She can only count on the shooting stars and hope.
File30 to 40 years old, lean, lonely, a little bitter, but with a good sense of humor and a bit of mischief in him. He has been burned once by love and is now somewhat cautious when it comes to the subject.
The SheriffIn his 50s, a minor player, the Sheriff is transparent, honest, forthright.
Starbuck30 plus years of age, a gentle dreamer, he is a weaver of fantasiesand a con-man of the first order. He is larger than life and speaks in metaphors. Beneath the facade dwells a solitary and desperate man.