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December 4, 2012 > Theatre: A divine slice of redemption

Theatre: A divine slice of redemption

By Isabella Ohlmeyer

There is an intriguing journey inside the heart of many people to become better and more complete human beings. Irvington Conservatory Theatre dives into self-discovery, redemption, and fate in an inspiring adaptation of Jim Leonard Jr.'s "The Diviners."

Set in 1930, during the Great Depression, former priest C.C. Showers, adeptly played by Robert Richie, stumbles upon the quaint town of Zion, Indiana, where he seeks salvation after abruptly leaving his ministry. Showers soon discovers personal purification when he meets a mentally challenged boy named Buddy Layman, innocently and warmly played by newcomer Jacob Rosen. The townspeople embrace Showers wholeheartedly, relieved to have a minister right before their very eyes; no minister has resided in their town for many years.

The primary focus of Buddy's sister, Jennie Mae Layman, portrayed maternally and with great affection by Katie Kelly (double cast with Rachel Ho), is being a mother figure to Buddy, but she becomes distracted and develops a teen crush on the much older Showers. Although Showers is flattered by the attention from Jennie, he is more concerned with assisting Buddy on his path to self-discovery, helping him overcome his fear of water and discover his strength as an individual.

Irvington High School Theatre director, Scott Di Lorenzo thoughtfully portrayed his vision, from actor performances to the decorative set. An intricate, scenic backdrop painting, a realistic tree prop, and a representation of digging dirt was a brilliant visual representation of the time period.

"The Diviners" is a thought-provoking show that has successfully blended the ingredients of humor, love, inspiration, and sadness.

Performances are held at 7 p.m. on December 6 and 8, and two matinee performances at 2 p.m. on December 7 and 8. There will be a raffle during intermission costing $1 per person. Prizes include a San Francisco Zoo admission for two people, Cloverleaf Family Bowl-Bowling Party, and many more.

Tickets are $12 general admission and $10 for students, with a discount on Thursdays for$10 admission. For more information visit or to make reservations, call (510) 656-5711.

The Diviners
Dec 6-8
8 p.m. (Saturday matinee at 2 p.m.)
Irvington High School Theatre
41800 Blacow Rd., Fremont
(510) 656-5711
Tickets: $10 - $12

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