This weekend, the Albertus Magnus High School sophomore gets to combine the two, as he makes his theatrical debut in “Damn Yankees,” running March 27-29.
He was discovered by producer-director-musical director Nadia Rizzo.
“I’m in chorus and Ms. Rizzo thought I was good enough, so when somebody dropped out, she asked me if I’d like to do it,” said Quinones. “And I figured, when would I ever get a chance to be in a baseball-themed play?”
Even though he’d never been in a musical, the lifelong Yankee fan couldn’t say no. So there he’ll be, singing his heart out in “The Game,” “Heart,” “Six Months Out of Every Year,” and “Two Lost Souls.” That’s Quinones making a giant leap during the song “The Game.”
“I feel like it just comes out. It’s a natural thing,” he said. “I started singing late, just two years ago, but I’ve been dancing since I was about four.”
Quinones discovered that a musical comes with a steep learning curve.
“I never knew how hard it was, for one thing,” Quinones said with a laugh. “It’s so fun and all the choreography that goes into it is so detailed. You don’t realize that when you’re just sitting and watching, how much effort is put into this. It’s like a grind. You have to keep trying hard.”
He’s ready for an audience, something the self-described “baby of six” – with two brothers and three sisters – said won’t be a problem.
“My mom is bringing everybody,” Quinones said a bit sheepishly. “All my brothers and sisters, my aunts and uncles.”
“Damn Yankees,” 7 p.m., March 27, 28; 2 p.m., March 29—In advance: $12, $10 students and seniors. At door: $15 all seats—www.showtix4u.com.
Here’s the Running Lines video I shot at Albertus Magnus. Enjoy!