Taking the stage
By By Lisa Tindell
Discovery that beauty really does lie in the eye of the beholder, Lizzie Curry realizes there is hope for true love in her life.
Seven actors will help Lizzie Curry make that discovery as the Greater Escambia Council for the Arts presents “The Rainmaker” Nov. 19, 20 and 21.
The cast includes Charity Moore as Lizzie; Timothy Huber as Bill Starbuck; Norman Boyd the father, H.C. Curry; Mike McMorris as brother Noah; Perry Jones as brother Jim; Tim McGinty as the sheriff and Jonathan Owens as the deputy.
Norman Boyd, assistant director, said the show may spark memories in some of those who attend the performance.
Boyd said the show is one everyone in the family can enjoy, regardless of age.
Phil Johnson, technical director for the group, said he had been a part of a performance of the play as a student in college.
The play is set in the midwest of the 1930s with Lizzie’s father, and brothers making an attempt to get their plain, spinster sister married off.
Noah and Jim try some matchmaking techniques that never seem to work. The trio of men in Lizzie’s life try to match her with the local deputy sheriff, but fall short of their goal.
As Lizzie concedes she will remain a spinster for life, a drifter con-man shoes up at the family’s home throwing a new challenge at the family. Bill Starbuck makes a promise to the family to bring much-needed rain to the area in exchange for $100. Once he receives the cash, Starbuck begins to befriend Lizzie who sees him as nothing more than a dreamer. During their one-night courtship, Starbuck persuades Lizzie to loosen up allowing her the chance to realize her own inner beauty.
Renovations at the GECA location in the old Bateson’s building on Trammell Street is ongoing, but Boyd said a comfortable venue will be available for the show.
Boyd said the venue will comfortably seat 150 people at each performance with the stage visible from any seat.
Tickets for the event are $10 for adults and $7 for children. Boyd said tickets can be used for any of the three performances.
Showtime is at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. The show is about two hours long including intermission, Boyd said.
Tickets are available from any cast member, director or GECA member. Additional tickets will be available at United Bank and at the offices of the “Atmore News.”