Summerset caps off a ‘hot’ season

Published 10:20 am Tuesday, July 22, 2008

There is hardly a dry spell of song and romance in Austin this week with they debut of Summerset Theatre’s “110 in the Shade.”

This 1954 Broadway musical is based on the N. Richard Nash’s book “The Rainmaker,” also a 1956 film starring Kathryn Hepburn and Burt Lancaster.

Director James Douglass said “110 in the Shade” is a musical love story starring Lizzie Curry, a spinster on an American southwest ranch, and her relationships with the local sheriff, File, and Bill Starbuck, a con man who promises he will bring rain to the drought-stricken town.

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Rehearsals began in late June for the production, which stars 21 actors from the community.

“The music is beautiful; secondly, for a musical, it’s a really beautiful story,” Douglass said. “It’s a stunning experience, I think.”

Douglass previously directed Summerset’s “Kiss Me, Kate” and “Proof.”

This is the last Summerset production of the season.

“110 in the Shade” opens at 7:30 p.m. today and runs through Saturday at Frank W. Bridges Theatre, Riverland Community College. Tickets are $14 and $10 for students.