If there were one word to describe Paul, the character Troy Trippiccio played in Harrison High School’s production of “A Chorus Line” last year, he said it’d be “sensitive.”
This year, he plays Mr. Applegate, aka the devil, in “Damn Yankees,” who can only be described, Trippiccio said, as “mastermind.”
Applegate gives old Joe Boyd a chance to regain his youth, in the skin of baseball phenom Joe Hardy, who revives the Washington Senators’ flagging pennant hopes.
The musical — with a rollicking score that opens with “Six Months Out of Every Year” and includes “Whatever Lola Wants,” “Heart” and “Shoeless Joe from Hannibal, Mo.” — puts a premium on a hard-working ensemble.
Choreographer-director Deb Toteda has a few aces up her sleeve when it comes to the principal roles, too: Cassidy Donahue as Meg; Conor McGuillicudy as Joe; Andi Rella as Gloria Thorpe; Max Temkin as Van Buren; Roma Scarano as Lola and Trippiccio as the devil himself.
Trippiccio is particularly fond of a lyric in his song “Those Were the Good Old Days.”
“He sings about everything he misses, and he sings ‘I see cannibals munchin’ a missionary luncheon.’ I just love singing that line. It shows how insane he is. I think that really sums him up.
“Applegate might be the most challenging role I’ve done,” said the senior, who turns 18 on Saturday. “Mrs. Toteda said he’s like a chess player. Everyone else in the show are the pieces, the pawns. You have to be cool, calm, collected and suave, but at the same time I’m talking about cannibals. It’s been difficult but so rewarding to find that balance.”
He’s looking at acting conservatories for next year and hopes to continue to build his roll of roles.
“Acting is great because I can be anyone anywhere,” Trippiccio said. “There are limitless possibilities. I’ve always been drawn to those other worlds, you know?”
“Damn Yankees,” 7 p.m., March 5, 6; 1 and 7 p.m., March 7; 1 p.m., March 8. $15, $10 students and seniors. 914-630-3110.
UPDATE: Snow forced the cancellation of the March 5 opening night. A second Sunday show, at 7 p.m., March 8, was added.
Here’s the Running Lines video I shot at Harrison. Loved having them do the wave, and thanks to the brass players for the extra fanfare. Enjoy!