Performers come from near and far for 'Rainmaker' Mount Airy Players production includes actors from Westminster to Silver Spring CARROLL COUNTY DIVERSIONS

November 06, 1992|By Kathy Sutphin | Kathy Sutphin,Contributing Writer

A rainbow of talent drawn from Hampstead to Silver Spring will brighten the stage at Mount Airy Elementary School this weekend for the Mount Airy Players' fall production of "The Rainmaker."

The opportunity to play the role of Starbuck in N. Richard Nash's three-act play has been worth the drive from Silver Spring to Mount Airy, said Scott Bloom.

"I've been in love with this script since the '60s," Mr. Bloom said, noting that he enjoyed Burt Lancaster's film portrayal of Starbuck. "I catch myself doing Burt, but I'm trying to make it my own."

Mr. Bloom, founder of the Alliance Theater Workshop in Montgomery County, said he was recruited for the role by Mount Airy Players President Mark Wichtendahl.

The production marks his first appearance with the Mount Airy Players, Mr. Bloom said. "I'm just having fun," said the computer specialist, who has 20 years of experience in dinner and community theater.

Starring as Lizzie in the production represents the realization of a dream for Darby O'Hurley, an English teacher at Westminster High School. "I've always wanted to play the role," she said, adding that she tried out as a "fling."

"It's been a blessing from God."

Miss O'Hurley, 23, who is also new to the Mount Airy Players, toured Venezuela as a missionary this summer doing street drama and has performed with the Children's Dinner Theater at Burn Brae. The Monrovia resident is a graduate of Towson State University and Linganore High School.

The play tells the tale of the Curry family, living in the West during a severe drought. The father and two brothers are as worried about the lack of a husband for Lizzie as they are about the lack of rain. A handsome stranger named Starbuck shows up at the Curry residence and offers to make it rain for $100 -- in advance.

"The Rainmaker" was chosen as this year's production because it was a romantic comedy and tear-jerker that "pulls at your heart strings," said veteran Mount Airy Players director Martha Manhollan. "It's got a little bit of everything. What more can you ask for?"

Other actors new to the Mount Airy Players in this production include Hampstead resident Scott Rairigh as Deputy File; Walt Horning, of Frederick, as H. C. Curry; and Joe Basso, of Silver Spring, as Jim Curry.

Co-producer Jay Carswell makes his sixth stage appearance with the Players as Sheriff Thomas, and Mark Wichtendahl makes his third stage appearance with the local play group as Noah Curry.

"The Rainmaker" will be presented tonight and tomorrow at 8 p.m. in the cafetorium of Mount Airy Elementary School, 405 N. Main St., Mount Airy.

Tickets, which will be sold at the door, are $6 each.

An optional roast beef and turkey dinner, catered by Cozy Restaurant of Thurmont, is being served at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday only. Tickets for both the dinner and the play are $15.95.

Advance reservations are required for the dinner only. For information, call (301) 829-0332 and (301) 831-5271.

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