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Friday, May 6, 2016

'The Rainmaker' to be performed at Schaller Chapel

Tuesday, March 13, 2001

The Rainmaker, a classic of the American theatre, will be performed at Schaller Memorial Chapel, April 1st.

Scheduling conflicts have made it necessary to change the date from March 18 to April 1 at 2 p.m. The event is being sponsored by the Storm Lake Area Arts Council and will feature professional actors and impressive sets.

This is an inaugural production for the Iowa Touring Theatre Company, The Des Moines Playhouse's new professional acting company. The production is made possible by Pioneer Hi-Bred International.

Sometimes a little hope and magic get us through life's roughest times. Lizzie Curry's romantically unfulfilled life mirrors the drought ravaging her family's farm. When all seems lost, a colorful flim-flam man named Starbuck appears, promising that he can bring rain within 24 hours for a mere $100.

Having nothing to lose, the family consents to the deal. Starbuck puts the men to work on seemingly useless tasks while he concentrates his attention on Lizzie. The Rainmaker is raucous and charming; a feel-good story for all ages.

The Iowa Touring Theatre Company's production features New York-based actors Sarah-Ann Rodgers as Lizzie, Paul Young as Noah Curry, and Damian Buzzerio as File, the town's deputy; and Cleveland-based actor James Seward as the Sheriff. New York actor Mia Borelli is understudy for the role of Lizzie. Iowa residents Damon K. Brown as Starbuck, Tom Milligan as H.C Curry and Matt Robins as Jimmy Curry complete the cast. The show is directed by John Viars, Executive Director of The Playhouse.

Tickets are now on sale at the Storm Lake Chamber of Commerce for $5 each, or $10 for a family pass.