Theatre Season Opens With 'The Diviners'
A new Alma College Theatre season opens with the serious and
sometimes humorous story of a Depression-era teenage boy with a special
gift of divining water.
A cast of 11 Alma College students with faculty director Joe Jezewski present “The Diviners” by Jim Leonard Jr. at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, through Saturday, Oct. 13 and 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14 in the Remick Heritage Center, Strosacker Theatre.
Tickets are $10 for adults and free for Alma College staff, students and youth 18 and under. Seating is reserved. Call (989) 463-7304 for ticket information.
Set in the 1930s in a mythical southern Indiana town, this poignant drama examines the interconnections between teenager Buddy Layman and a former preacher who is struggling with his own personal crisis of faith.
“This young boy has an inordinate fear of water because of a traumatic event that took place in his childhood, but he also has developed a heightened sense of when water is present,” says Jezewski.
“The play tells the story of the interaction between the boy and this former preacher who fears he doesn’t have the gift to preach. It’s a very human drama, serious and humorous at the same time,” says Jezewski.
Audience member may identify with many of the play’s characters, says Jezewski, The story takes place in the Midwest and features both young and middle-aged characters.
“It’s about community and family,” he says.
Justin Michael Dietzel, a freshman from Jenison, plays the lead role of Buddy Layman. Also contributing their talents to the production are assistant director Ashley Sawatzke, costume designer Tina Vivian, and production stage manager David Dyer.
Posted: Wed, October 3rd, 2007 at 8:44AM