This past summer Central New Jersey had near drought conditions and then it received record rainfall and hurricane warnings! Could the recent rehearsals for Center Players’ production of The Rainmaker be responsible for this weather phenomenon? Probably not, but it will be a beautiful show, opening on Friday October 9th, that tells the story of a family of ranchers in the 1920’s in the mid west. They were struggling with a long and devastating drought and the concerns of a widowed father and his sons who were trying to marry off the daughter who didn’t seem to have a talent for attracting a husband!
This sensitive comedy-drama written by N. Richard Nash and directed by Dave McGrath of Long Branch is brought to life by Ankit Sharma of Freehold, who plays Starbuck, the charming stranger who claims he is a Rainmaker and for $100.00 can bring rain! Lizzy, the potential spinster sister, played by Candy Predham, of Spring Lake, under goes a transformation with the help of Starbuck. David Clarke, of Long Branch, portrays Jim Curry, the father, while Matt Gochman of Jersey City, and Peter Giovine of Rumson play the sons who differ in opinions about Starbuck and his rainmaking abilities. Tom Shewchuk of Howell, portrays File, the sheriff’s deputy and Harvey Rothman of Keyport, is the kindly local sheriff. This play demonstrates that belief in one’s self can truly bring miracles.
The Rainmaker, opens at Center Playhouse, located at 35 South Street in downtown Freehold, on Friday, October 9th and runs for five weekends through November 8th, with performances on Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 PM and Sundays at 2:00 PM. Tickets are $25 for Adults and $23 for Seniors & Students and includes gourmet desserts and refreshments. Group rates apply for parties of ten or more. Seating is limited so call the box office at (732) 462-9093 or visit us online at http://www.CenterPlayers.org to purchase your tickets.
Candy Predham, as Lizzie and Ankit Sharma as Starbuck take direction from Dave McGrath during a rehearsal of The Rainmaker at Center Playhouse. The show opens on October 9th at the 35 South Street theater in Freehold. Photo by Mark Lamhut