Rhinebeck High School Drama Club Presents "Damn Yankees" on March 31, April 1, and April 2, 2017
Rhinebeck High School Drama Club is proud to present its 2017 spring musical, Damn Yankees, with music and lyrics by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross and book by George Abbott and Douglass Wallop.
Damn Yankees is a musical comedy inspired by the Faust legend. It is a tale of a man’s willingness to sell his soul in exchange for the realization of his dream. Based on a novel by Douglass Wallop called The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant, it is the adventure of Joe Boyd (Nate Shanahan) a middle-aged baseball fan who makes a deal with the devil, Mr. Applegate (Brian Murray) to trade his soul for a major league career. He leaves his middle-class life and wife Meg (Grace Johnson) behind to chase after this elusive dream. However, he soon discovers the true costs of the tradeoffs he must make in exchange for this new life. Along his journey, young Joe Hardy (Jack McNulty) is introduced to the life of a professional ballplayer through the friendship of his coach, Benny Van Buren (Alejandro Garcies) and the comradery of his teammates (Diego Marotta, Ian Cho, Jonah Carlton, Zachary Bocchino, Dylan Cho, Isaac Jeffreys, Getuart Krasniqi, and Hunter Mesuda). Joe’s new-found fame gets complicated when the bold and vivacious reporter Gloria Thorpe (Rebecca Lewit) begins a background check on Joe as well as when confronted by the temptress, Lola (Eliza Goldstone) as she attempts to lure him farther away from the life he once had.
Set in the summer of 1955 in Chevy Chase, MD, Damn Yankees is full of contextual humor that tickles the funny bone, sets the scene for baseball and the social mores in the 1950’s and creates nostalgia for a time before the invention of cell phones and internet access. The show’s story-line is built around an exciting score including such musical theatrical standards as “Heart,” “Whatever Lola Wants,” and “Shoeless Joe from Hannibal, MO.”
In addition to the central figures in the show, a host of supporting characters animate the stage keeping the show active and entertaining. Among them, Sister (Jamie Rifenburgh) and Doris (Sarena Toback) play friends of Meg Boyd while Mrs. Welch (Rachel Dull) and her Assistant (Samantha Karchmer) portray the team’s ownership. In total, a cast, crew, and band of nearly eighty talented students are committed to a production that is three months in the making. Rhinebeck High School’s director, Cynthia Baer, states, “We are fortunate to have such dedicated students working on the show. The students put a tremendous amount of time into vocal and instrumental rehearsals, choreography and blocking rehearsals, set and technical design, construction and stage rehearsals. I am in awe of their talent, courage and excitement.”
A creative team of adults work to make it all happen; Sandy Kane, vocal director; Roberta Andersen, choreographer; Linda Sutherland, accompanist; and Joe Baer, technical consultant return to the production. Marla Ulrich joins the team this year as music director and Grace Lalicki returns to the RHS shows as costumer.
The performances for Damn Yankees are Friday, March 31 and Saturday, April 1 at 8pm with a Sunday matinee, April 2 at 2pm. TICKETS SALES & RESERVATIONS BEGIN MARCH 13. Tickets for reserved seating may be purchased in-person at the Rhinebeck High School Main Office, Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 2:30pm. Tickets will also be sold on the day of each performance at the box office prior to show time. Tickets are $8. for adults, $6. for seniors and children ages 10 and under. Checks should be made out to Rhinebeck Extra Classroom Fund. Sorry, no credit cards or phone reservations accepted. For information call 871-5500.