Romance, miracles at the heart of ‘The Rainmaker’



Bryan Lescord plays a fast-talking charmer named Bill Starbuck, who claims that he can make it rain in a drought-stricken Kansas town, in New Surry Theatre’s production of “The Rainmaker.”  PHOTO COURTESY NEW SURRY THEATRE
Bryan Lescord plays a fast-talking charmer named Bill Starbuck, who claims that he can make it rain in a drought-stricken Kansas town, in New Surry Theatre’s production of “The Rainmaker.”
PHOTO COURTESY NEW SURRY THEATRE

BLUE HILL — N. Richard Nash’s 1954 play about a farming family in the drought-stricken Great Plains during the Depression will kick off New Surry Theatre’s 2015-2016 season this weekend, Oct. 30-31, at the Blue Hill Town Hall Theater.

NST Artistic Director, Bill Raiten, who staged the performance of “Lost in Yonkers” last winter, is directing “The Rainmaker.” Nash’s novel also became a hit movie, starring Katharine Hepburn and Burt Lancaster, in 1956.

Raiten has assembled a cast of core NST actors, with Johannah Blackman (last seen on the Blue Hill stage as Sabrina in “Sabrina Fair”) in the role of Lizzie Curry and Bryan Lescord, whose NST roles include George in “Of Mice and Men,” as the Rainmaker. Tony Rolfe, Jon Ellsworth and Matt Murphy assume the shoes of the Curry men.

Michael McFarland (John Barrymore in “I Hate Hamletand Lenny in “Of Mice and Men”) plays the kind town deputy while Bob Fleming is the sheriff.

Annie Poole’s set brings the world of the Curry family to life, further enhanced by Elena Bourakovsky’s costumes.

The Curry family has two problems — the drought and the lack of marriage prospects for the only daughter, Lizzie. Just when it seems both problems may never be resolved, a mysterious “rainmaker” comes to town, promising to bring rain. Lizzie’s father hires the rainmaker, and what follows surprises everyone involved and leaves no one unchanged.

Described as “stirring,” “captivating,” and “wonderfully funny,” this is a beautiful story about family and love.

Performances are scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Oct. 30-31 and Nov. 6-7 and Nov. 20- 21. Matinees are at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 1 and 8. No performances will be held the weekend of Nov. 13, as NST encourages theater-goers to attend George Stevens Academy’s production of “Hello Dolly.”

Tickets cost $15 per adult, $12 for students and seniors. In celebration of the opening of the new season, all ticket holders over opening weekend will be entered into a drawing for a pair of season tickets for the remaining four shows in the 2015-2016 season.

A special deal also is being offered for groups of eight or more when reserving tickets in advance. These groups will be charged $12 per adult and $10 for students and seniors.

To reserve seats and for more info, call 200-4720 and visit www.newsurrytheatre.org.

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