Office of University Communications & Marketing


Feb. 28, 2009

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