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The Rainmaker at Kads Theatre

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Can Starbuck make the drought break for Lizzie?
Kalamunda Dramatic Society at the Town Centre Theatre have an excellent reputation for elegant, intimate, intense theatre.

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 Rainmaker, KADS, Anita Bound, Joe Isaia, Keith Scrivens
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.

The Rainmaker, KADS, Anita Bound, Joe Isaia, Keith Scrivens
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.

The Rainmaker, KADS, Anita Bound, Joe Isaia, Keith Scrivens
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Why? An excellent character-driven drama
When: 8:00pm and 2:00pm (Matinees)
Phone: 6293 1122
Where: Town Square Theatre, Barber Street, Kalamunda
Cost: Adults $20 (Concession $17) - Saturday nights, including fish and chip supper, $30 (No concessions)
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