ABERDEEN, S.D. – Starting Oct. 16, Northern State
brings to the Krikac Auditorium “Bat Boy: The Musical.”
Based on a story from the popular tabloid Weekly World News, “Bat Boy: The Musical” was written by Keythe Farley and Brian Flemming and features music and lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe.
Set in present-day Hope Falls, W.Va., “Bat Boy: The Musical” tells the tale of a half-bat, half-boy creature who is found in a cave outside the town.
Raised among bats and without the benefit of human contact, Bat Boy seems to be more animal than human when he is taken in by the local veterinarian, Dr. Parker, and family. As Bat Boy struggles to overcome the town’s prejudices, he is still able to make a true connection with members of his new family.
Director Joshua Frachiseur, NSU professor of theater, said this is not simply a funny tale inspired by a campy tabloid; it also offers a unique perspective on diversity.
NSU Theater’s production features Paul Hoselton (Fargo, N.D.) as Bat Boy, Natalie Allcock (Britton) as Shelley, Joseph Weseloh (Pflugerville, Texas) as Dr. Parker and Yvonne Freese (Lanesboro, Minn.) as Meredith Parker.
Other members of the cast include Shelby Bauer (Aberdeen), McKenzie Betting (Ellendale, N.D.), Eli Corbett (Deadwood), Emily Davis (Aberdeen), Dakota Feller (Blunt), Tyler Goodgion (Rapid City), Jimin Ha (Seoul, South Korea), Joshua Hinkemeyer (Sisseton), Haley Hubbard (De Smet), Jillian Jensen (Lennox), Heather Kelsey (South St. Paul, Minn.), Ashleigh Kost (Aberdeen), Tyler Lanam (Rapid City), Miranda Letcher (Parkston), Jon Miller (Aberdeen), Jin-Ah Park (South Korea), Sam Sheffield (Henry), Brandon Sieck (Onida), Donavan Soulek (Wagner) and Carrie Wegleitner (Lake City.)
The production is directed and designed by Frachiseur, with vocal and music direction provided by Mary Marion. NSU Adjunct Instructor of Theater Sara Pillatzki-Warzeha is assistant director. The production is stage managed by student Kate Jarland (Jamestown, N.D.) and assistant stage managed by Adam Rye (Sioux Falls). NSU Technical Director Tina Hanagan is designing the sound and Nicole Frachiseur, who created the wardrobe for “Phantom of the Opera” and “Legally Blonde,” is designing the costumes.
NSU Theater will perform “Bat Boy: The Musical” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 16-19. Tickets go on sale for the public on Monday, Oct. 7, in the NSU Wolf Shoppe. Hours are 8 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Monday-Friday. Cost is $14 for adults, and $12 for senior citizens and non-NSU students. The price increases $2 at the door. Group rates are available. Cash and checks only are accepted. No exchanges or refunds are available. For more information, call 605-626-2655. or visit NSU Theatre's Upcoming Productions Web page HERE
Please note: The production contains adult content, including language and sexual situations.
2013-14 season sponsors for NSU Theater are the Aberdeen American News, Dacotah Bank and the Ramada Inn.