‘The Diviners”: Searching for Water, Faith and Redemption

MUSKEGON — “The Diviners,” playwright Jim Leonard Jr.’s drama set in small-town Indiana during The Great Depression, will be the next production of the Muskegon Community College Center for Theater.
Running Feb. 21-25 in Overbrook Theater on the MCC campus, “The Diviners” centers on the friendship between a lapsed preacher and a mentally challenged young man.
Performances are 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21-24, and 3 p.m. Feb. 25. Tickets are $10 for the general public and $5 for MCC students. Tickers go on sale Feb. 19. For reservations, call (231) 777-0324.
In “The Diviners,” former preacher CC Showers comes to the little, drought-stricken town of Zion, Ind. Among the people he encounters is Buddy Layman, a boy who has suffered brain damaged in a drowning accident in which his mother died.
Although Buddy fears water, he is a diviner, someone who can sense the presence of water. As the story unfolds, CC and Buddy develop a bond.
In a town of religious believers struggling through the challenges of the time, Showers also meets Jennie Mae, buddy’s sister who is coming-of-age. Zion, which has a church but no preacher, is parched in more ways than. Its people are searching for guidance, just as Showers seeks blessing and redemption.
“ ‘The Diviners’ is a beautiful story about relationships, faith, and love; all heartwarming things that anyone can relate to”, said the production’s director, Sheila Wahamaki. “It’s wonderful to work on a piece of theatre with my students that has such depth.
“This show is, in one word, heartwarming. The way the town sees Buddy as their blessing and the nurturing way CC cares for the boy captures a sense of community and togetherness that is unique.”
When it first was performed, “The Diviners” won the 1980 American College Theatre Festival.
Wahamaki’s acting ensemble is comprised of MCC students Joshua Powles, Brandon Lemieux, Sylvia DeBruyn, Brody Yarian, Ashley Poling, Rina McClain, Lexi Andersen, Cole Halterman, Madisen Schuppe, Isaac Hunter and Leonard E. Poole.
Assisting in the play are MCC student director Robin Carpenter, set and sound designer Tom Harryman, lighting designer Jim Allen, costume designer Susan Eyler, make-up designer and MCC student Molly Veenstra, and hair designer Bill Abbott.

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