The San Marcos High School Performing Arts department presents a production of Damn Yankees, a 1956 award-winning musical comedy. The show will run Thursday, May 4, Friday, May 5 and Saturday, May 6 and run again the following week on Thursday, May 11, Friday, May 12, and Saturday, May 13—at 7 p.m. each day.
Damn Yankees is a 1950s story of a Washington Senators baseball fan, Joe Boyd (Stockton Haws), who trades his soul to the devil (Jason Gonzales-Larson) under the guise of a glib salesman by the name of Mr. Applegate. In exchange for his soul, Joe becomes Joe Hardy (Alex Marquis), a talented baseball prodigy. He leaves his home to play for the Senators and give his team a shot at beating “those damn Yankees” and winning the Pennant. Trouble ensues when Joe finds difficulty explaining who he is to the press and faces emotional strife being separate from his wife, Meg (Lily McWhirter). There is also the task of resisting Mr. Applegate’s attractive mistress, Lola (Lana Kanen). The story grapples with important subject matter, Joe must decide if his baseball dream is really worth the price of his soul.
“Rehearsing for this musical has been one of my favorites thus far; the cast has incredible energy, the music is beautiful, sultry, and fun, with a story itself that is zany and full of colorful characters. Also, it has been an interesting process having the students research and discuss the time period. It allowed them to find the many parallels and stark differences between our modern day and the 1950s. And of course, the artistic team of collaborators I get to work with is inspiring and always a delight. I think that as SMHS students bring this absurd comedy to the community, crowds will leave laughing, humming, and truly astonished by the talent we have here,” says Director Riley Berris.
For more information, visit smhstheaterdept.com or call 805/967-4581.