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'the Diviners' Takes Stage At Una March 12-15

Feb. 27, 2009

Michelle Eubanks, UNA, at media@una.edu, 256.765.4392 or 256.606.2033

FLORENCE, Ala. - Audiences will be led on a journey for truth, faith and hope March 12-15, when James Leonard Jr.'s "The Diviners" takes stage at the University of North Alabama's Norton Auditorium.

Curtain time will be at 7:30 each evening March 12-14 and at 2 p.m. March 15. Tickets are $5 for students and UNA employees and $10 for the general public.

In "The Diviners," the 1930s mythical Indiana town of Zion is a place where water and faith are hard to find. Buddy Layman, a boy who is left emotionally and mentally scarred after losing his mother in a drowning accident, has a compelling gift for sensing water, coupled with an overwhelming fear of it. C.C. Showers, a backsliding preacher who is seen by the townspeople as their long-awaited savior, wanders into town looking for work. The friendship and common bond that grows between the disturbed young man and disenchanted preacher reflects for audiences the importance of faith, hope and friendship.

The production is directed by UNA assistant professor of theatre Charlton James, who starred in "The Diviners" in both high school and college. The play is being produced by special arrangement with Samuel French Inc.

The following UNA students are involved in the play as cast members or as members of the production crew:

BuddyR.J. O'ConnellFlorence
DanielleKette JexFlorence
FerrisJake FaulknerRussellville
GoldieKatherine PurcellDecatur
LuellaCydney HarperBirmingham
C.C. ShowersMark KeetonTrinity
DeweyAndrew MaxwellRogersville
NormaLiza MontgomeryFlorence
BasilMichael BaldwinBirmingham
Jennie MaeChelsea HughesSheffield
Brian HallAssistant directorRussellville
Matt MallardCostume designerDecatur
Daniel HobbsSet designerHuntsville
Joshua ShuffieldResearch assistantFayette
Victoria CarmonLighting designerFlorence


About The University of North Alabama

The University of North Alabama is an accredited, comprehensive regional state university offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs through the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, Education and Human Sciences, and the Anderson College of Nursing and Health Professions. Occupying a 130-acre campus in a residential section of Florence, Alabama, UNA is located within a four-city area that also includes Muscle Shoals, Sheffield, and Tuscumbia. UNA Athletics, a renowned collegiate athletics program with seven (7) Division II National Championships, is now a proud member of the NCAA Division I’s ASUN Big South Conference. The University of North Alabama is an equal opportunity institution and does not discriminate in the admission policy on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, disability, age, or national origin. For more: www.una.edu and www.una.edu/unaworks/