‘Bat Boy: The Musical’ Hits the NU Stage This Fall

October 23, 2013  |  by Michael Freedman

Bat Boy

Niagara University Theatre presents 'Bat Boy: The Musical' Oct. 31-Nov. 10, 2013.

Just in time for Halloween, from Oct. 31 through Nov. 10, NU Theatre will present Bat Boy: The Musical by Keythe Farley, Brian Flemming and Laurence O’Keefe. The production will be directed by associate professor/associate director of NU Theatre Doug Zschiegner, with music direction by music adjunct Jason Bravo and choreography by associate professor/choreographer Terri Filips Vaughan.

Ripped straight from tabloid headlines, Bat Boy: The Musical is a love story with a wicked bite, set to an outstanding pop-rock score. The production won the awards for best Off-Broadway musical, including the Lucille Lortel Award, two Richard Rodgers awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Outer Critics Circle Award in 2001.

Rescued from a West Virginia cave and taken in by the compassionate wife of the local veterinarian, our pointy-eared hero quickly learns to speak and act in civilized ways – even falling in love with his mentor’s daughter. But would you let your child go out with him?

Fast-paced and hilarious, this quirky cult satire offers clever musical numbers, a hilarious plot, surprising twists, and a lesson in the agony of being different.

Bat Boy: The Musical will be on stage in the Leary Theatre within the Elizabeth Ann Clune Center for Theatre, Clet Hall, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 31, and Thursday, Nov. 7, and at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 1, Saturday, Nov. 2, Friday, Nov. 8, and Saturday, Nov. 9. Also, 2 p.m. matinees will be presented on Saturday, Nov. 2, Sunday, Nov. 3 (with post-show discussion), Saturday, Nov. 9, and Sunday, Nov. 10.

The play contains adult subject matter.

Cast members include the following theatre performance majors: Dan Urtz of Verona, N.Y. (Bat Boy); Ashley Marie DeMar of Watertown, N.Y. (Meredith Parker); Alex A. Garcia of Greece, N.Y. (Dr. Thomas Parker); Bradeen Walders of Albion, N.Y. (Shelley Parker); Colin Reboy of Tonawanda, N.Y. (Sheriff  Reynolds); Preston D. Williams of Rabun Gap, Ga. (Rick Taylor/Bubba); Matthew Gilbert of Berea, Ohio (Ron Taylor/Lorraine); Arianne Davidow of Clarence Center, N.Y. (Ruthie Taylor/Otis); Ian Francis LaLonde of Buffalo, N.Y. (Mrs. Taylor/Hank); Alissa Sumerano of Hurley, N.Y. (Mayor Maggie); Phoebe Wright of Fairfield, Conn. (Daisy); Steven Sass of Huntington Beach, Calif. (Mr. Dillon/Pan); Nathan Andrew Miller of Buffalo, N.Y. (Bud); Matthew DiVita of Rochester, N.Y. (Ned); Lauren Parrow of Fairport, N.Y. (Roy/Mayella); Joshua Ranallo of Buffalo, N.Y. (Ralph/Doctor); Matthew Dell’Olio of Ontario, N.Y. (Clem); and Nathanial W.C. Higgins of Springville, N.Y. (Rev. Billy/Institute Man). Also, theatre design/technology major Saige Woods of Buffalo, N.Y.,  is stage manager of the production, while performance majors Kelsey Anderson of Buffalo, N.Y., and Jennel Nadine Pruneda of Von Ormy, Texas, are assistant stage managers.

Costumes are by associate professor/costume, hair and make-up designer Maureen T. Stevens, while set design is by assistant professor/scenic designer/production manager David Dwyer. Lighting design is by adjunct faculty member and alumnus Jayson D. Clark, and sound design is by adjunct faculty member Glenn Bernardis. The hillbilly advisor for the production is alumnus Blair Boone, Ph.D.

For tickets and information, please call 716.286.8685 or visit the NU Theatre Box Office.