February 18, 2005

'Bat Boy: The Musical' opens Feb. 25 at McLeod

by Paula M. Davenport

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Turn off the tube and treat yourself to a live upcoming musical at Southern Illinois University Carbondale's McLeod Theater.

"Bat Boy: The Musical" - a witty comedy/horror story set to song takes the stage at:

• 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 25 and 26

• 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday March 3- 5.

• 2 p.m. Sunday, March 6.

Tickets are $11 for adults, $9 for seniors and $6 for students and children. The box office is open weekday afternoons, an hour before performance and will accept credit card reservations at 618/453-3001. The theater is in the southeast wing of the Communications Building.

This energized production features rock n' roll tunes, wacky costumes and lots of laughs.

It chronicles the tales of a half boy-half bat discovered in a cave outside Hope Falls, W. Va. Although he strives to adapt to life in town, most locals consider batboy an outsider.

So batboy eventually flees with the teen-age daughter of the veterinarian whose family adopted him.

And the play's conflicts culminate with the revelation of a deep secret.

"Big laughs. It's remarkable what intelligent wit can accomplish - a jaggedly imaginative mix of skewering humor and energetic glee," a reviewer for the New York Times wrote about the production.

Cultural activities such as this are among the goals of in Southern at 150: Building Excellence Through Commitment, a long-range plan the University is following as it moves toward its 150th birthday in 2019.