November 09, 2004

Auditions start Monday for McLeod musical

by Paula M. Davenport

CARBONDALE, Ill. - - Aspiring actors of all ages are welcome to audition for more than a dozen roles in the upcoming production of "Bat Boy: The Musical," at McLeod Theater at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

The musical is a comedy/horror show that appeared in the "Weekly World News" about a half boy-half bat creature discovered in a cave in West Virginia.

Director J. Thomas Kidd, a University theater faculty member, is searching for people to play the following characters: the bat boy (16-17-years-old), a town veterinarian, his wife and their teen-age daughter, and a chorus of some eight to 10 actors who can dance and sing and will portray a variety of characters ranging from animals to an evangelistic minister.

Here's the drill on the casting call and the production:

  • Open call, 6-10 p.m. Monday, Nov. 15, in Altgeld Hall's Dance Studio. Stop by or call the theater department at 618/453-7581 to schedule an audition time. Plan to perform a 90-second monologue, sing 16 bars of a prepared song and do a short dance in appropriate attire.
  • Look for a call back sheet shortly after the auditions conclude in Altgeld Hall and in the McLeod Theater's Green Room.
  • Second auditions will take place starting at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 16, in the Altgeld Hall Dance Studio.
  • Rehearsals are set for 6:30 to 10 p.m. weekdays beginning Tuesday, Jan. 18 through Feb. 24 and will include practices over one or two weekends.
  • Performances will take place Feb. 25-26 and March 3-6.

Expanding cultural outreach efforts is among the goals of Southern at 150: Building Excellence Through Commitment, the blueprint for the development of the University by the time it celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2019.