"Bat Boy" Swoops Into Kelsey Theatre July 27-Aug. 5


"Bat Boy, the Musical" is a classic love story with a serious bite. The show is presented by Stars in the Park as part of the 2007 Summer Series at MCCC's Kelsey Theatre on Fridays, July 27 and Aug. 3 at 8 p.m.; Saturdays, July 28 and Aug. 4 at 8 p.m.; and Sundays, July 29 and Aug. 5 at 2 p.m. Kelsey Theatre is conveniently located on Mercer's West Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.

Combining shades of Shakespeare, Greek tragedy and classic Broadway, "Bat Boy" examines the human - and not so human - condition. When three teenagers discover a creature who is half-bat, half-boy in a West Virginia cave, a story of young love is set in motion against the backdrop of a town that must examine its own issues with intolerance and inhumanity. Will the townspeople open their hearts to this unusual boy who longs for acceptance, or vilify him because he is different?

With songs including "Hold Me Bat Boy," "Let Me Walk Among You," "Show You a Thing or Two," and "Ugly Boy," the musical score boasts a winning mix of upbeat rock, hip-hop, tango, gospel, and even classic "soft shoe." Written by Keythe Farley and Brian Flemming and first performed Off-Broadway in 2001, "Bat Boy" promises to be a memorable and adventurous addition to Kelsey's summer lineup.

Starring in "Bat Boy" are: Eric Carsia as Bat Boy; Brian Meltzer as Dr. Thomas Parker; Nicole Spadafino as Meredith Parker; and Chelsea Wargo as Shelley Parker. Featured are Rob Ciano as Ned; Stacy Danka as Meredith's mother; Mark Flicker as Meredith's father; Kitty Getlik as Mrs. Taylor; Kristin Heiser as Maggie; Joe Kraher as Sheriff Reynolds; Nicole Milbrod as Young Meredith; Matt Muccigrossi as Ron Taylor; Michael Niederer as Bud; Jeff Pilchman as Doctor; John Russell as Roy; Cara Scharf as Ruthie Taylor; Emily Spadaford as Lorraine; and Ben Walker as Rick Taylor.

Ensemble members include Adam Carlitz, Joanna Caruso, Ali Crivelli, Timothy Frost, Kean Gardner, Hilary Goldman, Rachel Haimowitz, Eric Lieggi, Elyse Levandowski, Jacqui Mihalik, Emily O'Sullivan, Jeffrey Rosenthal, Victoria Scialfa, Krystal Vozza, Meg Walker, and Arden Walker.

Tickets are $16 for adults, $12 for seniors, and $10 for students and children. Free parking is available next to the theater. Tickets may be purchased online or by calling the Kelsey Box Office at 609-570-3333. Kelsey Theatre is wheelchair accessible and provides assisted listening devices upon request. For a complete listing of adult and children's events, visit the Kelsey webpage or call the box office for a brochure.

The final show of the Kelsey summer series is "Once On This Island," presented by The Pennington Players Aug. 17-26. For more information on this show, or the upcoming 2007-08 season, visit the Kelsey website or call the Kelsey Theatre Box Office.

For more on events at Kelsey see:

2007 Summer Theatre Festival
Ticket Information
Audition Information
Tomato Patch Visual and Performing Arts Workshops

Eric Carsia is Bat Boy and
Chelsea Wargo is Shelley Parker.
The Taylor family, from left, Ben Walker,
Cara Scharf, Matt Muccigrossi
and Kitty Getlik (standing).

Ensemble with Bat Boy: front row, from left, Arden Walker, Rachel Haimowitz, and Victoria Scialfa; back row, Nicole Milbrod, Ali Crivelli, Joanna Caruso, Stacy Danka, Eric Carsia, Krystal Vozza, Emily O'Sullivan, Elyse Levandowski, and Emily Spadaford.

The townspeople of Hope Falls: front row, from left: Emily Spadaford, Mark Flicker, and Cara Scharf; middle row, Matt Muccigrossi, Joe Kraher, Brian Meltzer, and Kristin Heiser;
back row, Ben Walker, Jeff Pilchman, Kitty Getlik, Meg Walker, and John Russell.

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