Published: November 14, 2007
In a small western town during the Great Depression, a paralyzing
drought and a blistering heat wave have the townspeople longing for
In the midst of the heat, Lizzie Curry endures frustration
at having never been able to find true love, even as her father and two
brothers have tried everything to marry her off.
Into the mix enters Starbuck, the Rainmaker, a picaresque character who promises to bring rain for the price of $100.
is the story of “110º In the Shade,” a musical production based on N.
Richard Nash’s 1954 play “The Rainmaker,” being performed this week at
the University of Tampa’s David Falk Theater.
Performances are at 8 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 15-17. A Sunday matinee performance on Nov. 18 is at 2 p.m.
UT student cast features Kimberly Fellman ’09 as Lizzie, Will Holly ’08
as Starbuck, Tommy Hall ’11 as File, John Adam Barbay ’08 as H.C.,
Christian Stewart ’11 as Noah and Clare Niederpruem ’08 as Snookie.
production is being directed by Gary Luter, UT professor of theater,
and includes musical direction by Tara Richards Swartzbaugh, UT
instructor of music, and choreography by guest Capria Pichette.
being adapted into a musical, “The Rainmaker” was made into a 1956
Hollywood film starring Katherine Hepburn and Burt Lancaster. The
subsequent musical production of “110º In the Shade” ran on Broadway
during the mid 1960s, Luter said.
“It’s sort of been
rediscovered lately,” Luter said. “It’s just part of the American
experience. That’s what makes it an important play.”
$10 for the general public, $5 for students and seniors. Those with a
valid UT ID are admitted at no charge. Parking on the UT campus is free.
For more information, call the UT Theatre Department at (813) 258-7495.