Set in rural Indiana during the dustbowl of the 1930s, The Diviners centers on Buddy Layman, a young man who sustained brain damage as a child in a near drowning. Since that event, Buddy has had both a fear of water and yet the special ability to divine water.
Buddy's appreciative community lovingly cares for him but cannot heal him from his fear until C.C. Showers, a wandering disillusioned preacher, befriends the boy and brings him much needed freedom from his phobia.
Jonnie Stapelton, South Sioux City, NE, assumes the role of Buddy, while the wandering preacher, C.C. Showers, is played by Joie Bauer, Morse Bluff, NE. Buddy's devoted sister, Jennie Mae, and father, Ferris, are played by Regina Aerts, Malcolm, NE, and Andy Heller, Armour, respectively.
Other members of the Zion, IN, community include farmer Basil Bennett played by Aaron Laudermith, Pierre, and his wife, Luella, played by Mary Dodson, Spearfish. Ellie Satter, Yankton, plays the local caf� owner, Goldie Short, and April Hubbard, Orange City, IA, takes on the role of the dry goods store owner, Norma Henshaw.
Darlene, Norma's mischievous niece, is played by Avalon Kann, McGregor, IA, while the young farmhands Dewey Maples and Melvin Wilder are played by Paul Petersen, Ramstein Air Base, Germany, and Brian Zealand, Omaha, NE.
Graduate design students Andrew Axtell, Albuquerque, NM, Jody Tidwell, Kearney, NE, and Susan Hill, Rio Rancho, NM, designed the setting, lights, and sound, respectively, while Wendy Stark, guest costumer, designed the clothing.
Tickets for The Diviners are 10 for adults, $8 for senior citizens, $6 for youth and non-USD students, and $3 for USD students with current ID. To make reservations call (605) 677-5400 or stop by the University Theatre box office in the afternoons.