Up to Bat
Aurora hopes to hit it out of the park with baseball musical

LAWRENCEVILLE - The house lights dim to almost darkness, the curtain slowly draws back and CRACK!

The Aurora Theatre hopes to hit a home run with its production of the baseball musical "Damn Yankees."

Joe Boyd is a Washington Seminoles fan who just wants his team to beat those loathsome Yankees. Joe is so dedicated to the home team, he makes a deal with the dark side - a snappily dressed Anthony Rodriguez, the theater's artistic director, plays a devilishly charming and sinister Mr. Applegate, the devil himself - and Joe Boyd becomes Joe Hardy, a handsome, All-American guy with a winning smile, who just so happens to be a great baseball player and exactly what the Seminoles need to clinch the pennant.

With a talented cast that presents a triple threat - acting, singing and dancing - "Damn Yankees" is a production that wouldn't shine as brightly without the comedic interactions of its supporting characters. The Seminoles' moves on the field may be lacking, but their dance moves off certainly aren't.

"Damn Yankees" is directed by Susan Reid, with music direction by Ann-Carol Pence and choreography by Katie Arjona.

The show runs tonight through Sept. 7 with performances at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2:30 p.m. matinee shows Saturday and Sunday.

For more information about the Aurora Theatre and "Damn Yankees," visit www.auroratheatre.com or call 678-226-6222.

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What: "Damn Yankees," presented by the Aurora Theatre

When: Tonight through Sept. 7; performances are at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday with 2:30 p.m. matinee shows Saturday and Sunday

Where: Aurora Theatre, 128 Pike St., Lawrenceville

Cost: $16 to $30

More information: Call 678-226-6222 or visit www.auroratheatre.com