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September 26, 2018

Quirk’s Players’ ‘Damn Yankees’ Is A Home Run At Michaud


FULTON – The Residents of Michaud Residential Health Services saw a very special  preview of the G. Ray Bodley High School – Quirk’s Players performance of the Broadway musical sensation “Damn Yankees.”

Students brought the production to Michaud and performed many of the popular numbers from the hit musical.

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<p>Pictured is G. Ray Bodley High School - Quirk's Players cast member Alexis Pawlewicz (center), who plays sports reporter Gloria Thorpe, performing the song “Shoeless Joe from Hannibal, Mo”, with members of the Washington Senators Baseball Team, which includes Brad Crofoot (Bouley), Mitch Lalik (Linville), and Stephen Heywood (Lowe). Students previewed their upcoming production of “Damn Yankees” for residents at Michaud Residential Health Services in Fulton.</p>

”Damn Yankees is a great story with wonderful music,” explained Tom Briggs, theatre director at G. Ray Bodley High School, who accompanied the students to their performance at Michaud. “It is a story of love, self-discovery and baseball. Set in the nostalgic 1950s, Damn Yankees is thought provoking and moving.”

The story centers around a middle aged real estate agent – Joe Boyd who has two great loves in his life – his devoted wife, Meg, and his favorite baseball team, the Washington Senators.

Joe never loses faith in his Senators even though they are in last place and they are always crushed by the New York Yankees. Furious after another loss, Joe says he would, “sell his soul” for one long-ball hitter.

Coincidentally at that moment an ominous character appears and offers Joe an opportunity of a lifetime.

Joe is given a chance to become THE one to lead the Senators to victory – but it comes at a huge price.

The audience then wonders if Joe will accept such an offer or will he remain home in the world he knows so well.

The production staff for Damn Yankees is: Director – Tom Briggs, Music Director – Tom Nami, Assistant Director/Technical Director – Rob Lescarbeau, Choreographer – Doreen Forbes.

Performances of Damn Yankees are scheduled for Thursday, Friday and Saturday in the Bodley H.S. auditorium.

Curtain time is set for 7:30 each evening. Additionally, there will be a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday as well.

Tickets will be available at the door each evening.

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