(D)ripping Headline -- Bat Boy is ComingPosted by: nancym 2 years, 3 months ago
For 20 years the Coronado School of the Arts has been producing traditional productions alongside cutting-edge and progressive theatrical works, and “Bat Boy” is no exception. The students embraced this strange story primarily for it’s large cast and challenging, quirky characters. This dark story is a perfect way to set the mood for a spooky pre-Halloween venture into the bizarre.
The synopsis for the musical is based on a story that headlined the Weekly World News front page back in 1992. The sensationalized story went on to become the second most popular edition for the tabloid and on October 31, 1997, Bat Boy: The Musical premiered at Tim Robbins’ Actor Gang Theatre. The play is a musical comedy/horror show developed by the Directors Company and follows the life of a half-boy, half-bat creature who is discovered in a cave near Hope Falls, West Virginia. For lack of a better solution, the local sheriff brings Bat Boy to the home of the town veterinarian, Dr. Parker, where he is eventually accepted as a member of the family and taught to act like a "normal" boy by the veterinarian's wife, Meredith, and teenage daughter, Shelley. Bat Boy is happy with his new life, but when he naively tries to fit in with the narrow-minded people of Hope Falls, they turn on him, prodded by the machinations of Dr. Parker, who secretly despises Bat Boy. Shelley and Bat Boy, who have fallen in love, run away together from the ignorant town folk, but their happiness is shattered when Meredith arrives and reveals a secret. Soon the entire town arrives and hears the shocking story of Bat Boy's unholy origin.
Boasting 36 students, this is the largest cast that the CoSA Musical Theater Department has even had for a musical. The main cast includes, Christian Duarte as Bat Boy, Annie Buckley takes on Shelley, with her mother Meredith played by Annabell Walker and the deceptive Dr. Parker by Matt Morris. Behind the scenes, the Technical Theater Department led by Stage Manager, Rusty Broyles, will be lending their spooky touches to the set design, props and lighting to enhance the disturbing story unfolding on the stage. What is play about a bat without blood? There are plenty of ghoulish moments, but no worries - the blood is actually made of chocolate syrup!
WHERE: Coronado Performing Arts Center (CHS)
SHOW DATES: October 16, 17, 23, 24, 7:00pm
October 25 2:00pm
TICKETS ON SALE NOW - Click here.
Please beware: This musical and the subject matter are not recommended for younger audiences!
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