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'The Rainmaker' Offers Comedic Relief, New 'Crop' Of BLT Actors - Brevard, NC


July 27, 2017

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From left to right, front row, are Matilyn Hull and Steve Woodsmall. On the back row are Tate Albert, Doug Denton, Kai Elijah Hamilton, Miles Rice and Brian Howell.

Summers are hot in Brevard. Farmers here hope for a steady amount of rain to protect their crops from a devastating drought.

Luckily for theatergoers, relief from warm temperatures and the worries of life can be cast aside, if only for a short time, to enjoy Brevard Little Theatre's latest production, "The Rainmaker," starring a "crop" of actors new to BLT's stage.

A 1950s Broadway hit written by N. Richard Nash and popularized by the 1956 film of the same name, "The Rainmaker" debuts on the Brevard Little Theatre stage on Aug. 11, with nine weekend performances offered through Aug. 27.

The romantic comedy, set in the rural West of the 1930s, recounts the story of Lizzie Curry, a young woman whose luck with men parallels the drought plaguing her family's farm.

Her father and two brothers worry Lizzie may end up an old maid, so they scheme unsuccessfully to marry her off.

As Lizzie's drought and the dry heat reach dangerous levels, a charming man claiming to be a "rainmaker" convinces Lizzie and her family of his ability to bring rain for $100.

While hilarious antics to call rain to the area ensue, the rainmaker brings hope of love to Lizzie's personal drought.

Starring in the role of Lizzie is Matilyn Hull, one of several newcomers to BLT.

Playing opposite her in the role of the Rainmaker Bill Starbuck is BLT veteran actor Tate Albert, who most recently performed on the BLT stage as Detective Rough in last year's production of "Angel Street (Gaslight)."

Joining them is Brian Howell as Lizzie's father H.C. Curry. Howell's most recent appearance at BLT was in the role of Aslan in the 2015 production of "The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe."

New to BLT are Mountain Xpress film and theater critic Kai Elijah Hamilton as Noah Curry and Miles Rice as Jimmy Curry.

Rounding out the cast is BLT veteran and Brevard College professor Dr. Steve Woodsmall as Sheriff Thomas, along with Doug Denton as Deputy File.

BLT's "The Rainmaker" will be directed by Jonathan Forrester and produced by Terry Moore, both longtime participants in community theater in Western North Carolina, including at Brevard Little Theatre.

Jennifer Memolo, who recently acted in the theater's productions of "Almost Maine" and "Agnes of God," will serve as assistant director.

Performances will be held on Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m. and on Sundays at 3 p.m., at the theater located at 55 E. Jordan Street.

For ticket information, visit, email, or call the theater at (828) 884-2587.


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