The Diviners

Dassel-Cokato Community Theatre
and the FungusAmongus Players’ present:

The Diviners is a powerful drama about an autistic young man and his friendship with a disenchanted preacher. The compelling production renders both the humor and tragedy of small town life in southern Indiana in the early 1930’s.This production will be directed by David Metcalf and is sponsored by Dassel-Cokato Community Education.

This production will also be the D-C Community Theatre Fungus Amongus Players’ entry in the 2013 Minnesota Association of Community Theatres (MACT) Festival. This bi-annual theater competition will be held at North Hennepin Community College in Brooklyn Park mid- March. Proceeds from the dinner theatre will be used to help offset expenses to participate in this festival.

Diviners Earns First Place!

Two shows added

Community Education is excited to announce that the Dassel-Cokato Community Theatre's production of "The Diviners" placed FIRST in the 2013 Minnesota Association of Community Theatres (MACT) Festival on Sunday, March 17! The top two theatre groups will now represent Minnesota in the Region 5 American Association of Community Theatres (AACT) Festival in Fargo, ND, April 26-28, 2013. "The Diviners" will be performed at 12:45 pm on Friday, April 26. These performances are open to the public. For more information visit:

Two additional public performances of "The Diviners" have been scheduled at the Dassel-Cokato Performing Arts Center: Sunday, April 7 at 4:00 and Tuesday, April 9 at 7:00. Admission will be a free-will donation accepted at the door. Proceeds from these performances and a silent auction will help cover the Region 5 festival and traveling expenses.

Not only did "The Diviners" take "Best in Festival" award they also received the most Outstanding Achievement awards of any of this year's entries, including:

Outstanding Achievement in...

--Directing to David Metcalf
--Acting (2 awards) to both Tom Langemo and Alison Basney
--Scenic Design to John Ryan and Ron Hungerford
--Costume Design to Linda Metcalf
--Sound Design to Butch Amundson
--Ensemble Performance

MACT*Fest is a bi-annual festival open to all community theatres in the state. This year 9 theatre companies entered the competition representing Duluth, Minneapolis (2 theatre companies), Stillwater, Burnsville, Lakeville, Montgomery, Cloquet and Dassel-Cokato. Performances were held on Friday and Saturday, March 15 & 16, at North Hennepin Community College in Brooklyn Park. The results were announced at the Awards Brunch on Sunday.

Congratulations to"The Diviners" cast, crew and musicians: Isaac Olson, Alison Basney, Ron Hungerford, Tom Langemo, Lisa Kotila, Ruby Bauman, Shara Marquez, David Metcalf, Becky Hungerford, Neal Hungerford, Tom Nelson, Sam Rydberg, Scott Hanson, John Ryan, Nathan Hanson, Butch Amundson, Linda Metcalf and Deb Moen.

Front row, from left: David Metcalf, Becky Hungerford, Ron Hungerford, Alison Basney, Lisa Kotila, Ruby Bauman. Back row, from left: Neal Hungerford, Tom Nelson, Sam Rydberg, Tom Langemo, Isaac Olson, Shara Marquez, Scott Hanson, Butch Amundsen, John Ryan, Deborah Moen. Photo courtesy of Lisa Crayford, Country Gallery Photography.

“The Diviners” Cast List:

Director: David Metcalf

 Name  Part
 Isaac Olson  Buddy Layman, an autistic boy
 Alison Basney  Jennie Mae Layman, his sister
 Ron Hungerford  Ferris Layman, their father, a mechanic
 Tom Langemo  C.C. Showers, a backsliding preacher
 Lisa Kotila  Norma Henshaw, owner of the dry-goods store
 Ruby Bauman  Darlene Henshaw, her niece
 Shara Marquez  Goldie Short, owner of the cafe
 David Metcalf  Basis Bennett, a farmer and local doctor of sorts
 Becky Hungerford  Luella Bennett, his wife
 Neal Hungerford  Melvin Wilder, a farmhand
 Tommy Nelson  Dewey Maples, a farmhand
 Sam Rydberg  Musician