This timely play about hope in the midst of crippling drought delighted the audience at the intimate Fleur De Lac Great Room Theater venue in Lake Arrowhead. Even if you have seen the movie starring Burt Lancaster and Katherine Hepburn, you have not seen the stage play, The Rainmaker. Playwright Richard Nash gives us a fresh look at an old story, and it conveys an important message without preaching.
You might recognize some of the Lakeside Players from Producer David Heisler’s previous production Report to the Academy, which began last year at Fleur de Lac and went on to a successful run in Los Angeles. Jennifer Celise makes the role of Lizzie her own, providing a solid center for the story. Stan Sorensen as H.C. Brings a sense of stability and patience to a stressed family of ranchers who find themselves losing everything to a terrible drought. David Laime gives voice to a stubborn practicality in the role of Lizzie’s brother Noah, while Caleb Becerra in his first acting role, demonstrates the restlessness of youth as Jim.
Steve Izant shows us a delightful character as Lizzie’s reluctant beau, Deputy File. Director Ron Walsh also appears as the Sheriff. Assistant Director Kirstin Racicot does her job quietly, behind the scenes, helping to keep things moving smoothly.
The classical comedy has a happy ending, of course, but the drama keeps the audience interested and entertained. When David Heisler enters the stage as the title character Starbuck, H.C. and Noah accurately agree that he is nothing but a con man. Lizzie is on to him, as well. However, for reasons made clear later in the play, H.C. invites Starbuck to stay and make the rain. Meanwhile, the Sheriff and Deputy File are actively searching for the con man, they believe is in their area.
Musical interludes presented by Adam Hurlbut on the guitar include “Georgia on My Mind” and “Over the Rainbow” plus other songs that fit the theme.
Several audience members praised the performance:
“I highly recommend this enjoyable play that has it all – humor, great acting, social commentary and romance …”Tim Prince, distinguished Inland Empire Trial Attorney
“I urge you to go see The Rainmaker produced by The Lakeside Players! We were truly moved by this production. I found myself with tears in my eyes at the honest performances by these outstanding actors . . . [who] bring this well-loved story to life with humor and poignancy. The theatre at the Fleur De Lac European Inn is a small intimate theatre scene. I felt like I was right there in the middle of the action. I’ve seen this show 5 or 6 times in various venues. I must say that this is my favorite performance …” Pat Adeff, Award Winning Director and Playwright
Go to www.LSPlayers.com to purchaseetickets on line or call (909) 386-5244 during business hours to reserve a seat. The show runs until May 15th,Friday/Saturdayy 7 P.M. Sunday 2 P.M. Several performances have already sold out. The Fleur De Lac Great Room Theater is at 285 Highway 173, Lake Arrowhead. The Rainmaker is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.