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Students to perform The Diviners

The Black Hills State University theater department will present James Leonard Jr's “The Diviners,” which will be performed Dec. 2, 3, and 4 at 8 p.m. in Woodburn Auditorium.

Leonard's startling and imaginative work was an American College Theatre Festival Award winner in its original production. The play takes place in a simpler time and place – rural Zion, Ind., during the depression of the 1930s. It brings together a disturbed young man and an itinerant preacher disenchanted with the hollowness of pious religiosity. Both men struggle with events from their past, until the inner turmoil of one life is fused with the childhood trauma of the other in the play's climax.

The cast for this production are Guy Bruha, Baker, Mont., as Buddy Layman; Rachel Eggebo, Prairie City, as Jennie Mae Layman; Toby Sprague, Spearfish, as Ferris Layman; John Hursey, Ellsworth, as C. C. Showers; Saisha Kuykendall, Whitewood, as Norma Henshaw.

Amy Soriano, Spearfish, as Darlene Henshaw; Amanda Olson, Nisland, as Goldie Short; Jacob Feeley, Diamondville, Wyo., as Basil Bennett; Teresa Addington, Lead, as Luella Bennett; Tim Bessette, Spearfish, as Melvin Wilder; and Geno Pesicka, Rapid City, as Dewey Maples.

Lisa Larson of Spearfish is the director of this production, and Steven Blume of Pierre is assistant director. The costume crew members are Kuykendall, Eggebo, Soriano, and Holly Tenbraak from Rozet, Wyo.

Members of the set design crew include: Moses Feeley, Blume, Addington, Darwin Goodsell from Spearfish, and Pesicka. The members of the lighting crew are Sprague, Bessette, and Sonja Olson from Colton. Prop crew members are Jeremy Christensen of Rapid City, and Hursey, and the public-relations crew includes Olson and Bruha.

Reservations may be made by calling 642-6171 the week of the play.

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