Musical theater fans can sing along to favorite patriotic tunes with the cast of “The Yankee Doodle” as they put viewers in the spirit the weekend before July 4 in Batesville. The summer musical, presented by Rural Alliance for the Arts, will be performed Friday-Saturday, June 27-28, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, June 29, at 3 p.m. at the Batesville High School auditorium, said publicity coordinator Kathleen Bohman.
“The Yankee Doodle is a perfect pre-Independence Day event,” says the play’s producer, Pam Cope. “Not only is it very entertaining, it also reminds us of the sacrifices made by our troops who have served in past and present conflicts. The cast includes very engaging young people as well as talented adults. It makes you proud to be an American.”
“The Yankee Doodle” is set in the 1950s just before the Fourth of July and a group of high school students are readying for a celebratory musical. The main character is Duke Norton, a singer with two pop hits on the radio. He is torn between attending West Point and having a career on Broadway. It is a patriotic romp with well-known songs by George M. Cohan, including the title tune, “Give my Regards to Broadway” and “It’s a Grand old Flag.”
This show-within-a-show features a romantic triangle, music, singing, dancing, comedy and issues faced by young people of any generation. “There is something for everyone,” Cope promises.
The cast includes actors from 9-70. They live in Batesville unless otherwise indicated: Duke Norton, Jon Ault; Mary Hurley, Duke’s longtime girlfriend, Alicia Haring; Carol, the femme fatale who pursues Duke, Catherine Tuttle, Cincinnati; Alex Stone, the Broadway agent who wants to make Duke a star, Chris Ault.
Other featured roles and actors are Gina, Kate Brunner; Cass, Sarah Call; Lillian, Madeline Greene; Mike, Gus Kellerman; Mr. Hurley, John Kellerman; Proprietor, Natasha Kellerman; Arthur, Kegan Main; June, Elizabeth Miller; Phyllis, Clare Parker; Miss Phillips, Christy Kushman, Harrison, Ohio; Kate, Chelsie Walsman; Heather, Josie Wesseler; Mrs. Norton, Tina Kramer, Greensburg; Janet, Olivia Putnam; Waitress, Pat Moster, Sunman.