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The cosy little theatre suits this style of theatre perfectly, and their next production, The Rainmaker, will showcase this.
The Rainmaker, by N Richard Nash, who died in 2000 aged 87, was an author and playwright active from 1940. He wrote The Rainmaker as a one act TV show in 1953 and expanded it to a three act the following year.
The cast in rehearsal for The Rainmaker (Photograph courtesy of A Bound)
The play was translated into more than forty languages and made into a classic 1956 film, starring Burt Lancaster and Katharine Hepburn. The story was also made into a Broadway musical, 110 in the Shade.
The plot is simple, character-driven and ageless in theme. Set in a drought-ridden rural town in the West in Depression era America, it tells the story of a pivotal hot summer day in the life of spinsterish Lizzie Curry.
Lizzie keeps house for her father and two brothers on the family cattle ranch. She has just returned from a trip to visit all male family of cousins, undertaken with the failed expectation that she would find a husband.
Starbuck (Joe Isaia) and Lizzie (Sarah Sambridge) in The Rainmaker (Photograph courtesy of A Bound)
As their farm languishes under the devastating drought, Lizzie's family worries about her marriage prospects more than about their dying cattle.
A charming confidence trickster named Starbuck arrives and promises to bring rain in exchange for $100. His arrival sets off a series of events that enable Lizzie to see herself in a new light.
Directed by the award-winning Anita Bound, assisted by Garath Sambridge the cast contains some talented and well-known faces - Joe Isaia (Macbeth); Sarah Sambridge; Justin Stevens; Norman Faraday; Keith Scrivens (Dr Jeckle & Mr Hyde); John Pomfret (The First Henry) and Rhett Clarke.
The play goes up on the 8th of May and runs until the 30th. Tickets cost $20 (concession $17) for weekdays and matinees. Saturday nights cost $30 and include a fish and chips supper.
Tickets are on sale at the Lucky Charm Newsagency at Kalamunda Central - phone 9257 2668. Group bookings may be made through Lesley Broughton on 6293 1122.