Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Starr’s Mill High School to Hit Home Run

Starr’s Mill High School, widely known for its professional quality musicals, is planning to knock one out of the park this spring with its production of “Damn Yankees!”

The musical, the high school’s 10th, will be held at 7:30 p.m. on April 23, 24, and 25 in the school’s Duke Auditorium at 193 Panther Path in Fayetteville.

Sixty students, under the direction of David Spearman, musical director John Odom and choreographer Courtney Savage, have been hard at work since January rehearsing this tale of a middle-aged baseball fan and his pact with the devil.

As the story goes, the hapless Washington Senators cannot win a baseball game. So, ultimate fan Joe Hardy sells his soul to the devil to become a young baseball star. He makes the devil agree to an “escape clause,” and he becomes the hero of the team. News reporter Gloria Thorpe, however, is determined to discover who Joe really is. Meanwhile, the devil attempts to get out of the escape clause by having Lola, his assistant, try to seduce Joe. But, Joe’s love for his wife is too strong, and the battle begins as the Senators start winning their way to the pennant.

The musical, based on Douglass Wallop’s 1954 novel The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant, includes the big hits “You Gotta Have Heart” and “Whatever Lola Wants.”

As with each of its previous musical productions, Starr’s Mill promises a talented cast along with lavish sets and costumes. “However, this year,” Spearman said, “students in the Acting 1, 2, and 3 classes and the Advanced Drama 2 class have learned to sew, and they are making the costumes for the show!”

Tickets, which can be purchased through the school or at the door, are $8. For more information, contact Starr’s Mill High School at 770-486-2710.

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