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Otterbein University Theatre Presents “Damn Yankees”

Westerville — Otterbein University Theatre closes its 2016-17 season with the musical “Damn Yankees” at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 30; 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 2; and 8 p.m. on March 31-April 1 and April 6-8 in the Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St. Tickets cost $30. Call 614-823-1109 or visit www.otterbein.edu/drama.

Middle-aged baseball fanatic Joe Boyd agrees to run the bases with the Devil so that his favorite team, the Washington Senators, have the chance to win the pennant against the dreaded New York Yankees. Amidst his transformation to star slugger Joe Hardy, he realizes the true worth of the life he’s left behind and has to find a way to outsmart his fiery adversary before his soul is lost for eternity. The winning score by Adler and Ross and a devilish book by George Abbot feature the songs “Whatever Lola Wants, Lola Gets,” “(You Gotta Have) Heart” and many more home-run hits.

The production is directed by Mark Mineart, music directed by Lori Kay Harvey, and choreographed by Stella Hiatt Kane, all members of the Otterbein University faculty. Mineart last directed “Is He Dead” for Otterbein in February 2016 and has performed locally with CATCO since moving to Ohio in 2015.

Tickets are $25 each and can be reserved by calling the Otterbein University box office at 614-823-1109 or purchased online at www.otterbein.edu/drama. The box office is open 12-4 p.m. Monday through Friday. The box office is located in Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St.

DETAILS:

Otterbein University Theatre & Dance and the Department of Music present:

Damn Yankees

Words and Music by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross

Book by George Abbott and Douglass Wallop

Based on the novel by Douglass Wallop, “The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant”

March 30-April 2 and April 6-8

Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St., Westerville

PRODUCTION TEAM

Director: Mark Mineart

Music Director: Lori Kay Harvey

Choreographer: Stella Hiatt Kane

Scenic Designer: Rob Johnson

Costume Designer: Rebecca White

Lighting Designer: T.J. Gerckens

Sound Designer: Doc Davis

PRINCIPAL CAST LIST

Joe Boyd (later called Joe Hardy)……………….. Colin Robertson & Matt Gittins

Meg Boyd………………………………………………………………….. Charlotte Prenevost

Mr. Applegate…………………………………………………………………… Jack Labrecque

Sister…………………………………………………………………………………. Leah Windahl

Doris…………………………………………………………………………………. Noel Isaacson

Van Buren………………………………………………………………………….. Jacob Sundlie

Gloria Thorpe………………………………………………………………………. Abigail Isom

Lola………………………………………………………………………………….. Caroline Kane

Eddie………………………………………………………………………………. Lincoln Belford

Ensemble: Tatum Beck, Kevin Buckley, Cameron Chang, Bradford Chaklos

Connor Cook, Christian Heinemann, Jeremy Hurr, Abby Kress, Kat Lee,

Trey Plutnicki, Aaron Quick, Kenneth Remaklus, Savannah Schakett, Cecelia Trippiedi

Swings……………………………………………………………. Morgan Wood, J. T. Wood

PERFORMANCE INFORMATION

All performances are in Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St., Westerville. Dates and times are as follows:

Thursday, March 30, 7:30 p.m. (Opening night, reception to follow performance)

Friday, March 31, 8 p.m.

Saturday, April 1, 8 p.m.

Sunday, April 2, 2 p.m.

Thursday, April 6, 8 p.m.

Friday, April 7, 8 p.m.

Saturday, April 8, 8 p.m.

OTTERBEIN UNIVERSITY PRESENTS UPCOMING MUSIC PERFORMANCES

Performances include jazz series, annual Spring Sing concert and retirement concert

The Otterbein University Department of Music offers a stellar lineup of upcoming performances, with genres to please a variety of musical tastes, including performances of jazz, vocal and percussion music.

Otterbein’s One O’Clock Combo to Continue Jazz@OBN Series

The One O’Clock Combo will perform at 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 30, on the third floor of the Old Bag of Nails, 24 N. State St., Westerville. This event is free and open to the public.

The combo will be performing standards of the jazz repertoire. This event is a part of the Jazz@OBN series, which will continue on Thursday, April 20, with the Otterbein Jazz Ensemble and the Berg Combo.

Otterbein Early Music Ensemble Presents “A Folly for the Foolish”

The Otterbein University Early Music Ensemble will present a “Folly” for those foolish enough to attend at 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 1, at Riley Auditorium in the Battelle Fine Arts Center, 170 W. Park St. This event is free and open to the public.

The recital will contain music for viols, recorders, voice and harpsichord. The ensemble will feature guest performer Melissa Lusher from Otterbein’s Department of Theatre and Dance.

Otterbein University Department of Music to Hold Spring Sing

Otterbein University will host its annual Spring Sing, a celebration of entertaining vocal styles, at 7 p.m on Sunday, April 2, in Riley Auditorium at the Battelle Fine Arts Center, 170 W. Park St., Westerville. Numerous vocal soloists and small groups will perform, as well as the pop a cappella ensemble Opus One, directed by Dr. Gayle Walker. The program will feature an eclectic mix of pop, musical theatre, and jazz repertoire, including works by Elton John, Jule Stein, Adele, Sia, Lady Gaga, ABBA, Imagine Dragons, and Michael Jackson. Tickets are $5 for adults and free for students with ID and can be purchased at the door.

Otterbein Percussion Ensemble to Hold Jack Jenny Retirement Concert

The Otterbein Percussion Ensemble presents its spring concert at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 5, in Riley Auditorium at the Battelle Fine Arts Center, 170 W. Park St., Westerville. This will be the final concert for Jack Jenny, director of the ensemble for the past 40 years. Jenny has programmed mostly his own music for this last concert, all reflective of milestones in his life as a percussionist, teacher and composer. Pieces include music written for his masters recital, his first publication, to celebrate the birth of his first child, to celebrate the retirement of his mentor, and a premiere written for the current ensemble to mark his own retirement. Jenny has invited back alumni of the ensemble from the past 40 years to join forces with the current group for one last go at Aram Khatchaturian’s “Sabre Dance,” a long-time favorite with the ensemble.

More information about the Otterbein University Department of Music and its concert schedule can be found at http://www.otterbein.edu/music.

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For more information about the Department of Music or these and other upcoming performances, visit www.otterbein.edu/music or call 614-823-1508.

For more information about the Department of Music or these and other upcoming performances, visit www.otterbein.edu/music or call 614-823-1508.