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•WHAT: “Damn Yankees”
•WHEN: 7:30 p.m. May 11, 12, 18 & 19; 2:30 p.m. May 13
•WHERE: Bellevue Society for the Arts, 205 Maple Street, Bellevue
•COST: $10/adults, $8/seniors (ages 60+), $6/students
•INFO: 419-484-ARTS (2787)
Sports and theatre fans alike will find common ground with “Damn Yankees,” which opens May 11 at the Bellevue Society for the Arts.
“Whatever Lola Wants, Lola Gets” (also known as “Whatever Lola Wants”) is the most famous tune from this show, and the sentiment could also apply to Kate Nichols, who is playing the seductive temptress.
“I have always loved ‘Damn Yankees’ since I first saw the movie when I was 12,” Nichols said. “I’ve always wanted to play Lola because she is such an iconic role. It’s been fun and challenging for me to get out of my comfort zone.”
Also taking a leap of faith is Director Laura Horn.
“When I saw that they were still looking for a director I jumped at the chance, as I love the show and had been wanting to direct a musical,” she said.
There are about 26 people in the cast, including some new faces to BSA and some typically behind-the-scenes BSA people who are venturing out on the stage.
Horn said she had plenty of people audition, but put out a call for a few extra men anyway. Many cast members pulled in some of their family members, which is why many of the surnames repeat.
“The Ball family is a special case, because Ted [the grandpa of the family] is slightly obsessed with ‘Damn Yankees’ and wanted as many members of his family to be in the show as possible,” she said.
Nichols’ favorite character in the show is Applegate [the Devil].
“Applegate is a great character because he is so suave and sophisticated while still being evil,” Nichols said.
As it happens, Applegate is being played by a member of the Ball family.
“My castmate John Ball is doing a wonderful job bringing charm and charisma to the role,” Nichols added.
Six songs in the show require some choreography with two that are much more extensive.
“The opening number should be particularly impressive,” Horn said.