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Depression Era drama slated for Mundelein Theatre

– Colby Willis as C.C. Showers, Colin Nacion as Buddy, and Rachel Larson as Jennie Mae rehearse for their upcoming show.
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A beautiful, poetic and heartbreaking story of a fictional family from a rural farming community in southern Indiana is the subject of the fall play at Mundelein Theatre. The Diviners, written by Jim Leonard, Jr. will be presented at Mundelein High School on November 15, 16 and 17 at 7:30 p.m., and November 16 at 3:45p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. The matinee performance on Friday is only $1 for MHS students. Tickets can be purchased at the door 30 minutes prior to each performance.  Additional information can also be found at

The Diviners is a moving American drama that is centered around the relationship between a young boy blessed with the magical ability to divine water and a former preacher who comes to town looking for work. The ex-preacher soon realizes his real purpose is to help the boy deal with the one traumatic experience that has caused him to fear the very water he divines.

 “I first came across this play back in 1985 when I auditioned for a role in the first Chicago production of the play,” said Jonathan Meier, the play’s director.  “I did not get cast, but the play always stuck with me.”  “It is such a sweet story, following the young boy Buddy (junior Colin Nacion) and his sister Jennie Mae (senior Rachel Larson) as they come to know and love the stranger, C.C. Showers, (junior Colby Willis) who has come to their small town.”

Other seniors in the cast are Jake Cumberland (Ferris) and Sydney Litka (Bea).  Rounding out the cast are juniors Ellie Mellen (Norma), Josie Hutson (Darlene), Katie Staroszczyk (Golde), Miriam Mitry (Luella), Ander Nutall (Melvin) and Steven Weiss (Dewey).  Allan Rodriguez is the assistant director and Becca Panos and Marta Sikora are the tage managers.


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