Park Ridge High School’s Little Theater Players will present BAT BOY: THE MUSICAL on March 8, 9 and 10th to adult and teen audiences. The musical, with story and book by Keythe Farley and Brian Flemming and music and lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe, is ripped from the headlines of the tabloid magazine The Weekly World News.
BAT BOY: THE MUSICAL is a classic love story with a serious bite. This delicious twist on the modern day musical comedy tells the amazing story of a strange boy with pointy ears, his struggle to find a place in a world that shuns him and the love that can create both miracles and madness.
In between the howls of laughter, BAT BOY THE MUSICAL tackles prejudice, crises of faith, genetic engineering, and more. Part Sweeney Todd, part Twilight, the show is a big-hearted, comic horror.
The cast of BAT BOY: THE MUSICAL features Park Ridge High School’s seniors Matt Beer as Pan and others, Nicholas Bruno as Dr. Parker, Steven Gebhardt as Bat Boy, Scott Jones as the Sheriff and Lisa Lynne Moxham as the Doctor and others. Other cast members include Chris Bruno, Tanya Chernyak, Lindsay Drubel, Claudia Fendian, Torie Ioppolo, Caroline Kehrli, Deborah Kim, Kevin Leone, Kristy Leone, Stefanie Levi, Craig Lombardo, Kristi Marcopoulos, Caitlin Martel, Dana Matuson, Ryan McIlhargy, Danny Morgan, Maggie Salerno, Heather Schlosser, Melanie Schlosser, Jennifer Smith, Joseph Sosa, Nicole Southard, Brian Temple, Kristina Thompson, Samantha Torsland, Chloe Verducci, Christine Villano, Jenna von Bradsky, Bryan Zeug and Jennifer Zuccaro. The show’s orchestra, led by seniors Aaron Attong and Kyle Dutcher, include Anna Lemba, Sydney Sheridan, James S. Smith, Samir Talaware, Jennifer Vasquez and Tianyi Yu. The crew of BAT BOY includes Matt Allen, Julia Beatini, Julia Ciccaglione, Christopher Derienzo, Ashley Floris, Sophie Hassell, Aly Manikas, Melanie Moran, Tommy Morgan, Max Rizzuto, Julia Santiago, Michael Shappell, Patrick Smith, Sophia Smith, Matthew Timpanaro, Anthony Vanacore and Sophia Verducci.
BAT BOY: THE MUSICAL is directed by Mrs. Stephanie Buckley, musically directed by Mr. Brandon Langer and choreographed by Ms. Sandi Weinthal. Mrs. Maureen Buscareno serves as the musical assistant and as lighting and sound designer. The set is designed by Mrs. Melissa Quackenbush, and Ms. Karli Trosi is in charge of the production’s properties and costumes.
In addition, there are several students on the BAT BOY production staff: Nicole Zaidan (Production Stage Manager), Kole Kilmurray (Stage Manager), Mairead Fahy (Assistant Choreographer), Courtney Zanosky (Assistant Choreographer), Cassandra Guglielmo (Assistant Stage Manager), Erini Papas (Assistant Stage Manager) and David Zdanowicz (Assistant Stage Manager).
Tickets are $15 for Adults and $12 for Students and Senior Citizens and will be available at the door. BAT BOY: THE MUSICAL is recommended for teen and adult audiences.