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 www.shelburneplayers.com .