Renaissance High School Presents Damn Yankees at the Center Theater

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A Renaissance High School for the Arts presentation of Damn Yankees will take the stage at the Center Theater/Long Beach Performing Arts Center on Friday, May 6th and Saturday, May 7th, 2011.

Based on Douglass Wallop’s novel, The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant, the musical is set during a time when the New York Yankees dominated Major League Baseball. Damn Yankees ran for 1,019 performances in its original 1955 Broadway production, with original choreography by the legendary Bob Fosse.

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 he has left behind. With the help of a handy escape clause and a guilt-ridden-temptress named Lola, Joe returns to his former self, and shepherds the Senators to the World Series.

The production will be filled with spectacular costumes and sets, and features a cast of over 50 Renaissance High students. It is a collaboration of the theater, visual arts, dance, and music departments. The musical score will be played by the RHSA orchestra

Long Beach Renaissance High School for the Arts is the visual and performing arts high school for the Long Beach Unified School District. The school provides a dynamic and innovative education that embraces and integrates arts, academics, and technology with equity of access for promising young performers and artists. Eligible students receive pre-professional training by a staff of exemplary artist-teachers and professional guest teachers.

“What a wonderful experience for these young aspiring actors and actresses,” said Dan Spellens, Director of Theaters & Entertainment for the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center.  “We are always pleased to welcome Renaissance High’s productions to the Center Theater,” he concluded.

The Renaissance High School for the Arts presentation of Damn Yankees at the Center Theater/Long Beach Performing Arts Center is Friday, May 6th and Saturday, May 7th, 2011 at 7:30pm.

Tickets will be on sale beginning Monday, March 14thth and be purchased at all TicketMaster locations and the Long Beach Performing Arts Center Main Box Office.  Ticket prices are as follows: Adult – $20.00, Student-$15.00, and Children 12 and under – $8.00. To charge by phone, please call TicketMaster at (800) 745-3000 or visit www.ticketmaster.com. The Box Office is located at 300 E. Ocean Boulevard and is open Monday through Friday from 10:00am to 6:00pm and Saturday from 12:00pm to 4:00pm.

ABOUT LONG BEACH CONVENTION & ENTERTAINMENT CENTER/SMG:

One of the few ocean front arena and convention facilities in the country, the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center attracts approximately 2 million people each year for conventions, trade shows, theater and sporting events.  Managed by SMG, the Center offers state-of-the-art facilities including unique entertainment venues at the Long Beach Performing Arts Center, which includes the Terrace and Center Theaters, as well as the Long Beach Arena.  For further information on the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center, please call (562) 436-3636 or visit www.longbeachcc.com.

Headquartered in West Conshohocken, PA, SMG provides facility services to over 200 public assembly facilities including arenas, stadiums, performing arts theaters and convention and trade centers.  With facilities across America, and in Puerto Rico, Mexico, Canada, Europe and the Middle East, SMG controls over 1.5 million entertainment seats worldwide and manages more than ten million feet of exhibition space.

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