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Sept. 20, 2011
Steve Rottinghaus, Baker University public relations director, (785) 594-8330 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Music, theatre department to present ‘The Diviners’

Baldwin City, Kan. — Baker University’s Department of Music and Theatre will open the 2011-12 season presenting the Depression-era fable “The Diviners,” written by Jim Leonard Jr., and directed by Tom Heiman, associate chair of the department, on Oct. 6-9 at Rice Auditorium on the Baldwin City campus. Admission is free.

Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Oct. 6-8 and 2 p.m. Oct. 9.

A gothic prairie melodrama, “The Diviners” tells the story of a disillusioned Kentucky preacher named C. C. Showers, who settles in small town in Indiana, where the local soothsayer is a teenage boy, abnormally terrified of water since age four when his mother drowned saving him.  Miraculously, the boy, Buddy, seems to have been left with a gift: he can locate precious underground aquifers.   Buddy and C.C. Showers become fast friends, and C.C. soon finds himself acting as Buddy's mentor and teacher.  

Here is the cast list for “The Diviners”:

Ryan Hodges, Baldwin, as Buddy Layman; Abby Jones, Plainville, as Jennie Mae Layman; Andrew Simons, Colorado Springs, Colo., as Ferris Layman; Shawn Deegan, Kansas City, Kan., as C.C. Showers; Jessica Benner, Winchester, as Goldie Short; Haven Ashley, Topeka, as Darlene Henshaw; Courtney West, Girard, as Norma Henshaw; Alex Allen, Tulsa, Okla., as Basil Bennett; Shelby Gitchel, Phillipsburg, as Luella Bennet; Aaron Schopper, Emporia, as Melvin Wilder; and Patrick King, De Soto, as Dewey Maples.


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