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April 17-21

in the D-Rooms at Shelton State

Playwright: Jim Leonard, Jr.

The Diviners

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Set in a small, mythical Indiana town in the 1930s, this modern-day parable tells the story of a mentally challenged boy who’s early childhood trauma left him with an extreme fear of water and a gift: he is a diviner, one who can locate underground aquifers. He befriends a disillusioned Kentucky preacher passing through town, whose well-meant guidance leads to calamity. The Diviners is a humorous, beautiful, and tragic tale that speaks to present-day concerns with gentle wisdom.

Performance & Tickets


  • Wednesday, April 17, 2024 at 7:30PM

  • Thursday, April 18, 2024 at 7:30PM

  • Friday, April 19, 2024 at 7:30PM  -  SOLD OUT

  • Saturday, April 20, 2024 at 2:00PM (added performance)

  • Saturday, April 20, 2024 at 7:30PM

  • Sunday, April 21, 2024 at 2:00PM  -  SOLD OUT

Characters/Roles Available

Cast List

Buddy Layman:                               Javonte Gowdy

Jennie Mae Layman:                   Emma Robinson

Ferris Layman:                                Mark Nuismer

C.C. Showers:                                  DeAnthony Mays

Norma Henshaw:                          Louise Manos

Darlene Henshaw:                       Averie Bonneville **

Goldie Short:                                   Kaydence Kimbrough **

Basil Bennett:                                 James Howell

Luella Bennett:                              Carol DeVelice *

Melvin Wilder:                               Adam Miller

Dewey Maples:                              LaVorius McCruter  **


Thank you to those who auditioned. Please be on the lookout for more information from the stage manager, Ashlyn Lambert.

* Member of the Theatre Tuscaloosa All Star Cast

** Shelton State Community College student

Production Credits

Production Credits

Director - Tina Turley

Assistant Director - Dianna Brown Shaw

Stage Manager - Ashlyn Lambert

Technical Director/Sound Design - Wheeler Kincaid *

Costume Design - Jeanette Waterman

Lighting Design - Therrin Eber

Hair & Makeup Design - Ava Buchanan *

Movement Choreographer – Miranda Zapata

ASM – Ellie DeFreese, Mia Harris

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the running time of the production?

    • Exact running time TBD, but likely to be 2 hours

  • Will there be an intermission?

    • There will be a 15-minute intermission.

  • Should I bring the kids?

    • This show is appropriate for 13 year olds and up

  • What themes are explored in the play?

    • Mental Health, Death, Religion

  • Does the play’s text contain offensive language?

    • There is some mild adult language  

  • Does the play contain violence?

    • Yes. Character death

  • Does the play contain the use of alcohol, tobacco, or drugs?

    • Tobacco and alcohol use are depicted in the script.  

  • Does the play contain nudity or other adult situations?

    • No

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