The Rainmaker (1980)


January 18-19, 25-27, 31 & February 1-2, 1980


Community Players Theatre


At the time of a paralyzing drought in the West, we discover a girl whose father and two brothers are worried as much about her potential future as an old maid as they are about their dying cattle. For the truth is, she is indeed a plain girl. The brothers try every possible scheme to marry her off but without success. Nor is there any sign of relief from the dry heat, when suddenly from out of nowhere, appears a picaresque, sweet-talking man with quite the sales pitch. Claiming to be a “rainmaker,” the man promises to bring rain for $100. It’s a silly idea, but the rainmaker is so refreshing and persistent that the family finally consents, banging on big brass drums to rattle the sky. Meanwhile the rainmaker also turns his magic onto the girl and persuades her that she has a very real beauty of her own. She believes it, just as her father believes the fellow can actually bring rain. Rain does come, and so does love.

Author: N. Richard Nash

Historian’s Corner

This production of “The Rainmaker” was a revival for Community Players. It was first performed in the 1957-1958 season. This version was the directorial debut of Lawrence E. Connolly. It starred Janet Calvert as Lizzie. She had last appeared on the Players stage at the age of 16 in “Promises, Promises” in the 1973-1974 season. Janet received some of the highest praise for her portrayal of Lizzie. Special mention also went to Gary Schwartz for the set and the wonderful performance as Jim. The reviewer called Schwartz’s performance an audience favorite.

The program again contained information about the awards banquet at the end of the season, as well as a change of performance dates for the next show “Inherit the Wind” and news that performance rights for “West Side Story” had been withdrawn and that “The Music Man” would be substituted.