Richmond Hill staging 'The Diviners'

Staff Writer
Geneseo Republic
Colin McConville, of Geneseo, appears as a boy with the gift of 
locating water, along with Don Faust, of Davenport, Iowa, and Barbara Nurmi, of Geneseo, in Richmond Hill Players’ presentation of ‘The 
Diviners’ opening Oct. 5.

Richmond Hill Players will stage the Jim Leonard Jr. drama “The Diviners.” The show will be presented Thursdays through Sundays Oct. 5 through Oct. 15 at the Barn Theater, in Geneseo. The show is directed by Jalayne Riewerts, of Morrison.

Winner of the American College Theatre Festival, the story depicts a disturbed young man and his friendship with a disenchanted preacher in southern Indiana in the early 1930s.

When the boy was young he almost drowned; this trauma and the loss of his mother in the same accident has left him deathly afraid of water.

The preacher, trying to break away from his family tradition of a long line of Kentucky preachers, works as a mechanic for the boy’s father. The town lacks a preacher and the women try to persuade him to preach while he tries to persuade the child to overcome his fear of water.

The cast features: Colin McConville, Matthew McConville, Dana Skiles, Barbara Nurmi and Andreas Renberg, all of Geneseo; Adam Sanders, of Coal Valley; Faith Douglas, of Bettendorf, Iowa; Elle Winchester, of Rock Island; Terri Nelson, of Lynn Center; and Don Faust and Justin Hager, of Davenport, Iowa

The staff includes assistant director and stage manager Mike Skiles, lighting and sound designer Jennifer Kingry, costumer Stacy Herrick and set builder Mike Skiles, all of Geneseo.

Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the show starting at 7:30 p.m. Sundays are 3 p.m. matinees with doors opening at 2 p.m. An audio description performance will be Friday, Oct. 13

Reservations are recommended and may be made by contacting the Richmond Hill box office at 944-2244 or by visiting

Late seating is not permitted and no one will be admitted to the theater after the show has started.