Evangel University’s Theatre Program will host three performances of The Rainmaker this weekend.
The shows will be Friday at 7 p.m., and Saturday at 2 p.m and 7 p.m., in the Barnett Fine Arts Center, 1111 North Glenstone Avenue in Springfield.
The Rainmaker is set in the West during a time of excessive drought. A girl is living with her father and two brothers, worrying about her future and watching their cattle dying from the extreme conditions.
A stranger appears claiming to be a “Rainmaker.” For $100, he claims he can bring rain. The family eventually gives in to the man’s pitch and it changes all of their lives.
“Drought…ever hear of it? It is a dry season where growth is stunted and dust blows,” Lori Lawley, show co-producer, said in a statement. “It is a time where there is a yearning for wetness or nourishment — something that will bring growth and beauty back to the earth. Drought can happen in the climate and drought can happen in our hearts.”
Lawley is an Evangel alumna, adjunct professor and acting coach who works alongside co-director Dr. Vickie Wisdom.
Tickets for the performances are available online. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students with a student ID. The box office opens 30 minutes prior to the show for cash ticket purchases.