Will McCallie/GPS play be last time to hear 'Take Me Out to the Ballgame' for a while?

McCallie photo / McCallie and GPS middle school students perform "Let 'Em Play!"

At an important moment in the McCallie/GPS middle school performance of "Let 'Em Play!" the cast turns to the audience and implores them to join in the singing of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame."

The original play's performance Thursday night in McCallie's Black Box Theatre might be the last time for a long time that anyone in this community gets to sing that iconic song at a group gathering.

Jason Tinney and his wife, Holly Morse-Ellington, wrote and directed the play, which centers on two conflicts. The first is the contentious rivalry between the brainiac Bearcats youth league team - think "Bad News Bears" with a bunch of Harvard wannabes - and the immature, jock-infested Rattlers, who never have lost to the Bearcats.