"Play Ball" presents the imaginary scenario of what would have happened if the men's baseball teams would have played the women's softball teams. The comedic interplay between the female softball players and the male baseball players who are forced to play them creates an entertaining ballet.
"It's guy verses girl and everything you would expect from that," said Dillon Anthony. "The guys are hitting on the girls. The girls are cheating. The guys can't let them win. It's very funny."
Some of the male dancers played baseball during their high school days. Tim Sloan's father actually pitched for the Philadelphia Phillies. Because many of the guys have performed "Play Ball" in the past, learning their roles didn't present a challenge, but a new piece choreographed by Pauley did.
"Valse Mystere" features nine pairs dancing Pauley's waltz. Pauley didn't know how the waltzing couples would come together until the male dancers arrived in town last week. As she choreographed the waltz, she paired the girls in her company to dance both male and female parts. The girls aren't physically able to lift and handle other male roles, so Pauley tweaked the roles when she saw the couples dancing together.
"It's hard to imagine the dance with imaginary dancers," Pauley said. "That's a skill I've learned through the years."
As the male dancers learned their parts for both ballets, many reconnected with The Charleston Ballet dancers. They've danced here before, most recently in "Janis and Joe" in October. Her dancers learn about different places and cultures from the visiting dancers, Pauley said.
"It's a nice opportunity for the boys and girls to interact," she said. "Growing up in Charleston, many of us don't travel that much. When you travel, it changes you. When they talk to people from other areas and cultures, they bring their personal experiences to them."
The performance will also include "Games," a three-movement contemporary piece Pauley choreographed in the 1990s. The company hasn't performed it in its entirety since then. The movements are titled, "Follow the Leader," "Hide and Seek" and "Tag" and feature 12 girls in Pauley's company.
In "Play Ball," Sergio "Cookie" Alvarez, Dillon "The Slugger" Anthony, Freddie "Spider" Fourie, David "Greenbean" Greenberg, Jacob "Hammerin" Hughes, Christopher "El Nino" Miro, Nick "Scooter" Peregrino, Timothy "Shotgun" Sloan and Matthew "Big Mattie" Stern field the Charleston Bulls team.
The Appalachian Dolls team includes Nadia "BammBamm" Bastron, Paige "Curveball" Carlton, Emily "Doubleplay" Duncan, Eleanor "Dandy" Gandee, Kalea "The Wonder" Gunderson, Angela "Crackerjack" Jones, Erica "Knuckleball" Knowles, Brigette "Mad Batter" Madden, Sheena "Showoff" Madden, Lauren "Teaser" Reasor, Jesse "Quicksliver" Tidquist and Riannon "Tippy Toe" Turley.
Local soprano Mariel Van Dalsum Boggs will sing the National Anthem while Ric Cochran of V100 and Jim Stawn provide play-by-play commentary.
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