Bloomsburg University Players to stage “Bat Boy: The Musical”

For immediate release: Date: Nov. 3, 2008

BLOOMSBURG — The Bloomsburg Players of Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania are presenting “Bat Boy: The Musical.” A rock musical about an individual’s search for identity and acceptance, “Bat Boy” will be performed Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 6 to 8, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 9, at 3 p.m. at the Alvina
Krause Theatre, Center Street, Bloomsburg.

Advance tickets will be on sale at the Carver Hall ticket office Monday through Friday from noon to 4 p.m. The price for tickets is $12 for adults and $8 for seniors and non-BU students. BU students and Community Activities Card holders are admitted free. Due to violence and brief scenes of nudity, no one under the age of 17 will be admitted unless accompanied by a parent or guardian.

The plot follows, Edgar, the half-boy and half-bat, who is discovered in a small West Virginia town where the residents fear him because he is different. He is educated and accepted, but later rejected. Secrets are exposed and rage and violence become prominent as Edgar seeks to know himself.

Incorporating a live five-piece rock ’n’ roll band, the show “is a rock musical at the core, but incorporates a variety of musical genres,” said BU director of theatre Bruce Candlish. “The characters don’t know that it’s funny, but we think the audience may find it hysterical.”

The Bloomsburg Players are performing the play under a licensing agreement with Weekly World News. The story and book are by Keythe Farley and Brian Flemming, with music and lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe. The guest director for the BU players is Nina Winter, who is currently the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble’s education director. Winters has worked as an actor, director, choreographer, designer and teacher for regional theatres.

Alan Baker, associate professor of music at BU, is the musical director, and Sheila Kaercher, assistant professor of exercise science and athletics, is the choreographer. Lighting is designed by Ethan Krupp, assistant professor of communication studies and theatre arts. The set is designed by Sarah Stuble, BU costume coordinator, and costumes are by BU alumnus Erin Baker.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Professional Studies, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.