CSU Theatre to Stage ‘Bat Boy: The Musical’

COLUMBUS, Ga. - With fall here and Halloween approaching, Columbus State University’s Department of Theatre is preparing to stage 'Bat Boy: The Musical.'

The production will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 9-11, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 12 at CSU Theatre on the Park Mainstage.

Audiences — high school students to senior citizens — are invited to take part in this Halloween adventure “ripped from the pages” of the Weekly World News tabloid. This 21st century rock musical tells the story of a half-bat, half-boy found in a cave in Hope Falls, Va., by three local teens. Adopted by a local doctor’s family, Bat Boy becomes both civilized and educated, and eager to take his place in society. Along the way, the community must face their fears and prejudices and decide whether or not to accept Bat Boy as their own.

The Bat Boy story debuted in 1992 in Weekly World News, in what became its second-best selling issue. The story eventually hit Broadway after it inspired writers Keythe Farley and Brian Flemming to write a stage adaptation with music and lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe.

The musical involves a cast of 22 CSU student actors directed by Associate Professor Kate Musgrove; a production crew of eight faculty and students; guest music director Michael Hopewell, a professional musician from New York City; and seven different stage settings designed by CSU student Christopher Dills.

Tickets are $20 for adults; $18 for seniors, children, active military and CSU alumni; free for students with CSU ID; and free (limit two) for faculty and staff with CSU ID. Tickets can be purchased from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday, and one hour prior to the show at the box office downtown at CSU Theatre on the Park,. For more information, go to http://theatre.colstate.edu/index.asp or call the theatre department at 706-507-8444.