School puts on a classic
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and business types love to point out, everything is for sale. The only
question in play, they would maintain, is, at what price?
back left, Carina Covella, Elke Wiethorn, Quinn Orb and Blake Schnebly
rehearse "Damn Yankees." Courtesy photo
would you sell your soul to the devil? Money? Love? Fame? How about the
chance to spend a summer playing professional baseball? To not only play,
but to lead your beloved Washington Senators in hitting and pitching? To,
in a phrase, live your life with passion?
middle-aged hero of "Damn Yankees," makes just this Faustian
bargain. In the wake of yet another Yankees appearance in one of the great
World Series of recent memory, it is perhaps fitting that The Community
School is putting on this classic musical Thursday through Sunday at The
Community School Theater in Sun Valley. Curtain time is 7:30 p.m., except
for the Sunday performance, which has a 2:30 p.m. curtain time.
Wallop’s novel "The Day the Yankees Lost the Pennant" is the
basis for the musical "Damn Yankees," a show that opened in New
York on May 5, 1955, and ran for 1,019 performances. The musical has since
been produced countless other times off Broadway, in high school
auditoriums, and on the silver screen starring Gwyn Verdon. Wallop and
George Abbott dramatized the work. Richard Adler and Jerry Ross wrote the
music and lyrics.
Community School production stars Quinn Orb, playing Joe, an armchair
athlete who sells his soul to the devil to play ball. Carina Covella plays
Meg, Joe’s long-suffering wife. Senior Blake Schnebly takes on the role
of the devil, also known as Mr. Applegate. And what would the devil be
without a tempting seductress, Lola, played by Elke Wiethorn? In all,
there are 30 actors, singers and dancers in the show.
who many saw bring Hans Christian Andersen to life in a one-man show last
year, will direct "Damn Yankees." Dick Brown is the musical
director for the show and conductor of a small, professional orchestra to
accompany the singers. Choreography is being done by Hilarie Neeley and
Michele Minailo. Pamela Doucette is in charge of sets and Lori Shepardson
is head of costumes.
$16 for adults, $8 for students. They are available at the door or at
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