University Theatre’s musical ‘110 in the Shade’ opens Friday

March 31, 2014

UW-Stout's University Theatre presents "110 in the Shade," a musical about hope, opening Friday, April 4.

Other performances will be Saturday, April 5, and Thursday through Saturday, April 10-12, at Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts.All performances are at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 and are available online or at the service center in the Memorial Student Center, 715-232-1431.

UW-Stout is using the Mabel Tainter because historic Harvey Hall Theatre, although recently renovated, is closed for renovations to the rest of Harvey Hall.

The Mabel Tainter, which houses the historic Victorian theater, is at 205 Main St. E., one block from campus.

"110 in the Shade," first performed on Broadway in 1963, is based on the book and play "The Rainmaker" by N. Richard Nash. Con man Bill Starbuck visits a drought-stricken southwestern U.S. town in the 1930s, telling residents that for $100 he can make it rain.

Along with misguided hope, the charismatic Starbuck brings something more real. As he gets to know Lizzy Curry, he helps her develop the confidence and self-worth that, like raindrops, have the power to transform her life.

The musical is directed and choreographed by Paul Calenberg, University Theatre director.

The final two performances, April 11-12, are part of Family Weekend at UW-Stout. 

For another story about the play, including a list of the student cast, click here.