Fauquier Community Theatre Damn YankeesBy Laura & Mike Clark • Sep 8th, 2007 • Category: Reviews
Listen to our review of Fauquier Community Theatre’s Damn Yankees [MP3 6:07 2.8MB].
Mike: Damn Yankees is such a fun show. It’s a huge cast which Fauquier Community Theatre does very well. I think the show had a few problems, but it was a good time.
Laura: Yes I agree. This was a good show. The Fauquier Community Theatre volunteers and actors and actresses just have a lot of energy. The choreography was outstanding. They all looked like they were having a really good time.
Mike: Damn Yankees is a musical. Book by George Abbott and Douglas Walop. Music and lyrics by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross. A long suffering middle aged fan of the Washington Senators baseball team, salesman Joe Boyd, meets a slick salesman, Mr. Applegate, who offers to buy Joe’s soul in exchange for Joe becoming a great baseball player named Joe Hardy. Joe decides to do this if he has an escape clause that if he doesn’t like what he’s experiencing as a baseball player he’ll get to go back to his old life. Reluctantly Mr. Applegate agrees to this and the game begins. Joe becomes a great baseball player for the Senators. They end up in a chase for the pennant which is going to come down to the very last game of the season. During the season, Mr. Applegate gets concerned that Joe is feeling homesick. He sends in a beautiful seductress, Lola, to talk with Joe and see Mr. Applegate’s point of view. When that doesn’t work he shifts his strategies yet again. The show is full of twists and turns.
Laura: The older Joe, Joe Boyd, was played by Justin Timpane. He had a relatively small role, but he kind of set the tone and the stage for everything that happened in between.
Mike: The show is set in the 1950’s. Since it was the Washington senators, some of the language has evolved and changed. At the beginning when he sang to his wife, “Good bye Old Girl,” There were a couple exclamations around me of, “That’s nice.” Just be aware that some of the language in the show has changed a bit. Joe Boyd becomes Joe Hardy, who was played by Eric Weathers. He did a pretty good job. His voice wasn’t quite up to the task at times. I think the sound system which was newly installed for this show, was still getting some of the bugs worked out of it. At times all of the performers had trouble being heard. Eric couldn’t quite get his voice to carry without a microphone. Barring that problem he did a pretty good job as Joe Hardy.
Laura: Applegate was played by Allen McRae. He did a really good job. He was funny. He had the timing down. He could be heard over the orchestra. His song, “Those Were the Good Old Days” was really lively. Had some good dance steps in it. I enjoyed that.
Mike: Applegate also had the fun part of having the special effects, since he was always the person wearing red. He had a lot of special efefcts. The special effects were designed by Glynn Cosker. They were very nicely done. They were very surprising the first time you see them. That is an accomplishment for a community theater.
Laura: Lola, who was brought in by Mr. Applegate to seduce the young Joe Hardy, was played by Aubrey Stanton. She had some very complicated dance numbers and did those very well. I liked the scenes that she had Joe Hardy had together when she realized that he was a good guy and started feeling guilty about her role in everything and then trying to save Joe Hardy.
Mike: Aubrey Stanton was also one of the Co-Choreographers for the show. The other choreographer was Sandy Scheiner. Some of these numbers had 16 plus people on stage. In the first act, “Shoeless Joe From Hannibal Mo” had a square dance and some line dancing. It had a lot of complicated moves. They did a great job. In the second act the song “Two Lost Souls” at the nightclub. That dance was incredible. They did a great job with it.
Laura: The set for Damn Yankees was was a good use of space. The Set Designer was Ian Heflin.
Mike: The Theatre at Vint Hill has a very odd shape to the stage. They used the space very effectively. They used hinged panels that were on wheels so they could easily get them on and off the satge. The stage crew moved benches that were stored in front of the stage. There was a back section of the stage that served as the bleachers. All in all it was a very effective use of space at the theater.
One problem I had with the show was, I don’t want to give too much of the plot away, but Joe has to make a decision and some things come up to conspire against him. He can’t make the decision in time. Lola has to convince Mr. Applegate to be a little flexible. The way it all worked together at the end of the show was a little confusing. I’ve seen Damn Yankees before, but something got confused in my mind during that section of the show. I don’t know if they dropped something accidentally or it wasn’t executed well, but something funny happened at the end of the show. I’m not sure what it was. That was a bit distracting to me, but everybody in the audience loved it. There were a lot of friends and families in the audience. They of course cheered and clapped. It was a good show. I think it could have been a bit better. The sound problems were the major problem.
Laura: Damn Yankees is playing through Sunday, September23rd. Friday and Saturday nights at 8 and Sunday matinees at 2 PM at the Theatre at Vint Hill in Warrenton, Virginia.
Mike: The show runs almost three hours long with one intermission. Be aware that the overture is quite long. The actors don’t start performing until about fifteen minutes after the curtain opens.
Laura: And now, on with the show.
- Joe Boyd: Justin Timpane
- Meg Boyd: Erin Wyld
- Applegate: Allen McRae
- Sister: Hannah Malinowski
- Doris: Dori Weathers
- Joe Hardy: Eric Weathers
- Bat Boys: Hannah Fakoury, Brooke Miller, Tessa Schlichting
- Sohovik: Robert Bach
- Henry: Lydia Wright
- Smokey: Tony Ruffo
- Linville: Alan Schlichting
- Vernon/Commissioner: Brandon Dawson
- Rocky: Tim Sampson
- Van Buren: Kevin Sowers
- Gloria Thorpe: Becky Carver-Moorhead
- Lynch/Miss Weston: Sarah Scheiner
- Welch: Zak Ellington
- 1st Teen/Fan: Meyrem Baer
- 2nd Teen/Fan: Nichole Naccash
- 3rd Teen/Fan: Mary Heather Fakoury
- Lola: Aubrey Stanton
- Bryan/Guard: Kirk Noe
- Bouley/Postmaster: Sandy O’Connor
- Miss Weston’s Assistant: Sara Jane Rodgers
- 1st Girl/Joe Hardy Fan Club: Hannah Abeel
- 2nd Girl/Joe Hardy Fan Club: Mollie B. Rodgers
- 1st Boy/Joe Hardy Fan Club: Colin Shea-Blymyer
- 2nd Boy/Joe Hardy Fan Club: Liam John Mulder
- Joe Hardy Fan Club: Baylee Aldering, Brendan Anderson, Parker Anderson, Skyler Buss, Dylan Cooke, Maddie Houck, Patrick Koehr, Haley Mulder, J ulianna Rodgers, Joshua Vest
- Conductor: Christopher Udell
- Vocals: Dorothy French
- Piano: Naomi Gray
- Guitar: Frank N. Pasquarello, Sr.
- Trumpet: Keith Lewis
- Violin: Lulu Baer
- Alto Saxophone/Soprano Saxophone: Matthew Hollis
- Flute: Gina Renfro-Smith
- Percussion: Joseph Smith
- Director: Evelyn Rice
- Producer: Laurie Abeel
- Music Directors: Dorothy French, Christopher Udell
- Co-Choreographers: Sandy Scheiner, Aubrey Stanton
- Stage Manager: Stephanie Sampson
- Costume Design: Susan Noe
- Seamstress: Isa Bynum, Sandra Malinowski, Susan Noe
- Set Design: Ian Heflin
- Set onstruction: Richard Mulder, Evelyn Rice, Christopher Udell
- Set Painting: Haley Mulder, Liam Mulder, Richard Mulder, Evelyn Rice, Debbie Toms
- Set Dressing: Erin Wyld, Cindy Janowitz, Evelyn Rice
- Light Design: Jeff McWhirt
- Light Operators: Colin Pierce
- Sound Design and Operators: Bryan Boyd, Mike Schaffer
- Special Effects: Glynn Cosker
- Props: Cindy Jankowski
- Hair and Makeup Design: Becky Carver-Moorhead
- Rehearsal Pianist: Naomi Gray
- Stage Crew: Megan French, Samantha French, Maggie Gorman, Haley Mulder, John Myhre, Michael Parrish
- Publicity: Dr. Robert Iadecula
- Posters: Sarah Weathers
- Programs: Evelyn Rice
- Billboard and Photography: Christopher Moorhead
- Board Liaison: Tracey Mullen Cosker
- Box Office: Dee Falcouner
- Tickets: Debbie Carter
- Opening Night Reception: Laurie Bersack
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Laura & Mike Clark started ShowBizRadio in August 2005 because they love live theater. They each have both performed in and worked behind the scenes in DC area productions, as well as earned a Career Studies Certificate in Theater from Northern Virginia Community College. Mike & Laura are each members of the American Theatre Critics Association, and Mike is a member of the Online News Association.