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McNicholas to perform “Damn Yankees” at Anderson Center

Beginning on Jan. 22, the McNicholas High School Theatre will perform Damn Yankees at the Anderson Center on Five Mile Road. Written by George Abbott and Douglas Wallop, Damn Yankees is set in the 1950s and tells the story of a man named Joe, whose undying love for his favorite baseball team leads him to sell his soul to Mr. Applegate, a smooth-talking salesman who is actually the Devil in disguise. This year, McNick’s annual musical will take place in January rather than April, due to a venue change.

“I was really excited when I heard we would be performing at the Anderson Center. It is such a nice theater and it’s going to be a completely different experience for the audience and also the cast,” sophomore Maria Tucker said. “The Anderson Center doesn’t seat as many people as the gym or [McNicholas] theater, but the whole environment there is very different.”

Tucker plays the role of Lola, the Devil’s sultry assistant, who is sent to ensure Joe’s damnation by leading him away from his wife Meg, who is played by senior Allie O’Keefe.

This year’s show will be the acting debut for senior Eric Frey, who scored the lead role despite never having performed in a McNick musical.

“I’ve always wanted to do Musical, but have either played in the orchestra or been preoccupied with other things,” Frey said. “Since this is my senior year, I felt like I had to, or I’d regret not auditioning.”

The Anderson Center is located on 7850 Five Mile Road, and general admission for each performance is $12. Tickets can be purchased online by clicking here, and show times are as follows:

Thursday, January 22 at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, January 23 at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, January 24 at 2 p.m.

Saturday, January 24 at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, January 25 at 2 p.m.

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