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110
in The Shade

A Wimberley Players
Presentation

at the
Greenhouse Theatre
in Woodcreek
September 10th
through
October 3rd, 2004

 


110 In The Shade, the musical adaptation of N. Richard Nash's famous play and movie, The Rainmaker, was acclaimed by critics as one of the most beautiful and memorable musicals ever written when it played on Broadway back in the '60's. Presented by the Wimberley Players and directed by Lee Coleé-Atnip with co-producers Jana White and Donna Williams, this enchanting musical comedy opens at the Greenhouse Theatre in Woodcreek Friday, September 10, and runs weekends through October 3rd. Music and lyrics were created by that well-known duo Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones who gave us such crowd pleasers as The Fantastics and I Do, I Do. Mark Sharon, formerly of the Joffrey Ballet, is Lee's choreographer and brings to the show his cast of dancers who have won first place awards in competitive dance circuits all over the United States. Cathy Holmes, a professional recording and performing artist who has played in Las Vegas and in Europe, serves as music director for 110.

This production is a glorious mix of haunting songs, joyous dance sequences, and magical stage moments in which you can lose yourself right up to the final curtain. Set in a small, drought-stricken Texas town of the 1930's, the story follows the Curry family of Lizzie, her father H.C., and her two brothers Noah and Jimmy, all of whom are trying to get Lizzie suitably married off. The boys think File, the local sheriff, would be a fine catch. Then along comes Starbuck, the strong and dashing rainmaker, and Lizzie's life is never the same! 

With a cast of 30, plus a dog, the leads are professional performers with national and international theater and opera credentials. Stewart Johnson of Austin is the exciting and powerful Starbuck, the rainmaker. Director Colee'-Atnip, who plays opposite Johnson in the role of Lizzie, is a Wimberley Players' veteran, both in acting and directing, and her children's music theater camp this June ended with a breathtaking rendition of Fiddler On the Roof. 

Sheriff File, the town's most eligible bachelor, is played by Cary Michaels, a tenured Associate Professor of Vocal Music at Texas State University in San Marcos. An active concert artist, Cary has performed nearly 40 leading operatic roles in major U.S. cities and in Europe. 

Dan Williams, Lizzie's father H.C. Curry, is another Players' veteran who can be found building sets or serving as a stage manager when he's not performing. John Daws and John Flores are Lizzie's brothers Noah and Jimmy. Daws also fills roles on and off stage and built the set for 110. John Flores is a theatre major at Texas State University and recently appeared in the Players' production of The Odd Couple (Female Version).

Calen Cabler plays the boy crazy "Snookie". At age 14, Calen has an impressive array of theatre credits including this summer's Fiddler On the Roof. She also performs as one of Lee's Little Divas. 


In supporting roles are Sandy Billings, Marvin Carson, Priya Ditraglia, Allie Eissler, Jennifer Flores, Bill Graham, Sharon Johnson, Angie Lassetter, Jim Templeton, and Amanda Troxell, with child actors Berean Auden, Irie Farr, Tesia Johnson, Jacqueline Kee, Kevin Pierce, Katelyn Reza, and Logan Steinbarge

Award winning dancers from Jackie's Fundanzers in Austin complete the ensemble for 110 In the Shade. They are Alyssa Hutcheson, Jessica Hutcheson, Marissa Lafin, Valerie Plevich, Treva Richards, and Kala Steading. Choreographer Mark Sharon is their director.

Reservations for this sizzling hot and glorious musical can be made any time with Visa/MasterCard by calling (512) 847-0575. The Box Office located in the Ozona Motor Bank lobby opens September 6, and your $12 tickets can be purchased there with cash, check, or credit card. Box Office hours are Monday-Friday 1-5 PM. As usual, the opening night performance will be followed by a complimentary Champagne buffet.

- Carolyn Hart -

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