Newtown Arts Company
Words and Music by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross
Book by George Abbot and Douglass Wallop
Based on the novel by Douglass Wallop, “The Year The Yankees Lost The Pennant”
Director: Amelia Arrigo Ball
Assistant Director: Danielle Ziemba
Music Director: Susan den Outer
Choreographer: Matthew Snyder
Saturday, April 27 (11am-3pm)
Monday, April 29 (6:30pm-8:30pm)
Tuesday, April 30 (6:30pm-8:30pm)
Callbacks by invitation May 6 (6:30pm)
Audition Location: Crossing Community Church, 80 Lower Silver Lake Rd, Newtown, PA 18940
Production Dates: August 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7 at the historic Newtown Theatre (120 N State St, Newtown, PA 18940). Matinee and evening performances August 3; matinee only August 4.
Rehearsals will begin in mid-May.
Audition Requirements: Please prepare to sing16-32 bars from Damn Yankees or a similar-style Broadway song that best displays your vocal ability. Bring sheet music, an accompanist will be provided. No CDs accepted, and a cappella singing is discouraged. Be prepared to dance. ALL ROLES ARE OPEN, ALL ETHNICITIES WELCOME!
Complete an audition form, (see below) listing all conflicts, and bring it with you to the audition. Schedule your appointment now. Walk-ins will be seen as time permits.
Synopsis: Middle-aged baseball fanatic Joe Boyd trades his soul to the Devil for a chance to lead his favorite team to victory in the pennant race against the New York Yankees. As young baseball sensation, Joe Hardy, he transforms the hapless Washington Senators into a winning team, only to realize the true worth of the life that he’s left behind.
Joe Boyd: 45-60, Baritone (A3-G3). A middle-aged, overweight married man who is in love with baseball, especially the Senators.
Meg Boyd: 35-55, Mezzo (G3-G5). Joe's long-suffering, but loyal wife. She is lonely and misses her husband. Decides a little white lie is worth telling to save a good person.
Mr. Applegate: 50-70, Character Baritone (A3-G5). The Devil in disguise as a slick salesman. A controlling, greedy smooth talker.
Sister: 35-55, Mezzo (D4-G5), Great comedic timing. A friend of Meg's and Doris’s sister. Outspoken and brash, but caring. Very involved in community activities.
Doris: 35-55, Mezzo (D4-G5), Great comedic timing. Meg’s best friend. She is slightly quieter and more conservative than her sister, but still outspoken. An avid baseball fan very involved in the community.
Joe Hardy: 20-35, Baritone (A3-G5). The 22-year-old, home-run-hitting alter ego of Joe Boyd. A good guy who loves that he is living out his dream, but deeply misses the life and love he left behind.
Sohovik: 20-35, (D4-G5). A baseball player for the Washington Senators. The smartest and most level-headed of the players. Enjoys his side job of selling insurance. The unofficial leader of the team.
Smokey: 20-35, (C3-G5), must be able to hold harmony. A catcher for the Washington Senators. Not the sharpest tool in the shed. Tries to be a tough guy like Rocky, but truly is not.
Van Buren: 40-65, Baritone (D4-A5). The luckless team manager. A sort of father-figure for the team, who proudly defends them. A bit of a loose cannon.
Rocky: 20-35, (D4-B5), must be able to hold harmony. A baseball player for the Washington Senators. Cocky, but a little bit dopey, too. He's a guy’s guy.
Vernon: 20-35, (C3-G5), must be able to hold harmony. A baseball player for the Washington Senators.
Henry, Mickey, Lowe, Linville, Bryan, Del, Bouley, Strane: 20-35, must be able to move well (tap or other dance experience a plus). Additional players for the Washington Senators.
Gloria Thorpe: 25-35, Mezzo Belter (B3-G5), dancer (tap experience a plus). A probing reporter whose bottom line is a good story for her paper. Fearless and biting. (20s-30s, B3-G5)
Mr. Welch: 50-75. The owner of the Senators. Believes in Joe and believes in his team. A peacekeeper between the press and the team. Protective of Joe and the boys.
Lola: 25-35, Mezzo Belter (F3-G5), dancer (Burlesque experience a plus). The Devil's seductress assistant. Sexy and confident. Falls in love with Joe when her usual tricks don’t work on him. Though she’s done many bad things, she is a good person deep down inside.
The Chevy Chase Fan Club: 10-15. A club of young baseball fans, led by Sister. Will be utilized throughout the show.