UMass Boston students of all majors have an opportunity this week to be a part of something that's never happened here before—a production in the new University Hall Theatre. Auditions for Bat Boy: The Musical and New Voices, New Stories will be held Wednesday, September 14 and Thursday, September 15 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the new theater. Callbacks will be held on Friday, September 16 at 6 p.m.
“Our design team is thrilled to have the versatility to create worlds in this configurable space," said Associate Professor of Theatre Arts Carrie Ann Quinn, Bat Boy's director. "Our students are psyched to get to play in a new theater.”
Bat Boy is a musical comedy/horror show about a half boy/half bat creature who is discovered in a cave near Hope Falls, West Virginia. It premiered at Tim Robbins's Actors' Gang Theatre on October 31, 1997. Keythe Farley and Brian Flemming did the story and book; Laurence O'Keefe wrote the music and lyrics.
“As a musical, it’s a rock and roll, horror, comedy, all wrapped around a small town attempt to ‘civilize’ a freak, but it’s really about the beasts and hunger within all of us–for sex, power, and food," Quinn said. "In the end, it turns out, the Bat Boy has more to teach about acceptance and prejudice, and asks tough questions about the meaning of ‘civilized.’”
Auditioners should prepare a one-minute contemporary dramatic monologue and 32 bars of a pop or rock musical theater song, or a song from Bat Boy: The Musical. Anyone not as confident in their singing voice can audition for New Voices, New Stories, staged readings of student-written plays that will be performed October 5 and 6. Bat Boy: The Musical will be performed December 1-3 and December 7-9.