DWU releases cast list for ‘Damn Yankees!’ musicalDakota Wesleyan University will produce “Damn Yankees!” at the end of March, the college’s second musical since bringing musical theater back to the stage last year with “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” which sold out almost each night.
The team’s been chosen and the line-up posted — the cast list for “Damn Yankees!” is set.
Dakota Wesleyan University will produce “Damn Yankees!” at the end of March, the college’s second musical since bringing musical theater back to the stage last year with “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” which sold out almost each night.
Performance dates are 7:30 p.m. March 29-31, and 2 p.m. April 1, in the Sherman Center. Tickets sales will begin on March 7 and will be available at County Fair Food Store and on the DWU campus through Diana Goldammer in the Rollins Campus Center.
The story begins when middle-aged baseball fanatic Joe Boyd makes a deal too good to be true with Mr. Applegate, who promises him a chance to play ball for the Washington Senators.
Joe finds himself in a younger body and leads the pathetic team in a winning streak.
Life seems pretty sweet until he realizes there is no one to share it with, and Joe has to figure out a way back to his old life.
Mr. Applegate, who is actually the Devil, sends Lola to “convince” Joe that he’s made the right choice, and “what Lola wants, Lola gets” — but the Devil might be surprised that Lola’s gone soft.
“I truly believe people will have as much fun with ‘Damn Yankees!’ as they did with ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,’ ” said Dan Miller, DWU theatre director. “With ‘Damn Yankees!’ you have a play about baseball players, the devil and magic, and it’s done with great songs. You can’t go wrong.”
The cast list includes 42 actors, including 15 children.
Jeff Holstein, of Riverside, Calif., will play Joe Hardy, the 22-year-old, home-run-hitting alter ego of Joe Boyd; Joe Boyd’s middle-aged self is played by Mitchell community member Roger Allen; DWU’s own Monty Bohrer, associate professor of business, is stepping into his first DWU musical role as Mr. Applegate/the Devil; and Brooke Warne, of Rapid City, is Lola, the Devil’s seductress assistant.
Jenna Callies, of Mitchell, will play Meg Boyd, Joe’s loyal wife. Meg Boyd was originally played by Ione Shannon Bolin in the 1958 movie version.
Bolin was a 1938 DWU graduate from Spencer who performed in several Broadway productions, including “Damn Yankees!” and had her own radio show during the war, “Shannon Bolin Sings.”
“Knowing that DWU has a connection with the Broadway and movie productions of ‘Damn Yankees!’ made it that much more exciting to do,” Miller said. “This shows you that a graduate of DWU can go on to greatness.”
Other cast members include:
Sister (Meg’s friend): Jessica Phillips, Mitchell Doris (Meg’s friend): Brittney Kaufman, Spencer Van Buren (manager of the Washington Senators): Aaron Larson, community member Welch (owner of the Washington Senators): Kate Miller, DWU director of TRiO services Hearn (Welch’s secretary): Cat Hayen, Hill City Gloria Thorpe (reporter): Amanda Long, Mitchell Lynch (reporter): Megan Reimnitz, Corsica Bryan (reporter): Tiffany Sharp, Brighton, Colo. Lowe (reporter): Elizabeth Moore, Mitchell Spike (reporter): Hannah Ford, Vermillion Eddie (singing and dancing minion from “below”): Devin Carey, community member Commissioner: Donna Dunn, DWU TRiO adviser Miss Weston: Kaufman Teenage girls: Ford, Moore and Sharp Radio announcer, postmaster: Robert E. Winthrop III, community member Washington Senators: Jake Habermann, Mitchell; Alex Smith, Kuna, Idaho; Ryan Antaya, Mount Vernon; Carey; Chris Ferera, San Clemente, Calif.; Mike Barnaud, Belle Fourche; Peter Novak, Mitchell (MHS); Carter Holm, Brookings; Emily Mizrahi, Cypress, Calif.
Wives and husbands: Reimnitz, Sharp, Moore, Dunn, Ford, Barnaud, Smith, Antaya, Carey, Ferera, Habermann and Kelli Mehlhaf, community member.
Children’s chorus: Jonathon Freeman, Mathew Freeman, Aidan Miller, Tessa Yeo, Caleb Brower, Cody Brower, Carson Brower, Sophie Scott, Madison Price, Maddie Briedenbach, Patience Nesheim, Julia Miller, Ally Feiner, Cayden Weaver and Sarah Moore.