Outcry Theatre will present its first ever musical this fall with Bat Boy: The Musical, which has a story and book by Keythe Farley and Brian Flemming, and music and lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe, the composer of Heathers.
The show will be directed by Artistic Director Becca Johnson-Spinos with music direction by Marina Pogosyan.
Friday, August 4 from 6:00-10:00 pm
Sunday, August 6 from 6:00-10:00 pm
Friday, August 11 from 6:00-10:00 pm
PERFORMANCE & REHEARSAL DATES:
Friday, October 6 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, October 7 at 2:00 & 7:30 pm
Sunday, October 8 at 2:00 pm
Friday, October 13 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, October 14 at 2:00 & 7:30 pm
Sunday, October 15 at 2:00 pm
Rehearsals will start Monday, August 28 and be in the evenings, five or six days a week.
AUDITION & REHEARSAL LOCATION:
1915 N. Central Expressway
Plano, TX 75075
Addison Theatre Centre
15650 Addison Rd.
Addison, TX 75001
CAST: 6M, 4F or more, with gender flexibility and lots of doubling. All roles are available.
SYNOPSIS: A half boy/half bat creature has been discovered in a cave in West Virginia, and the Parker family must decide what to do with it. Will Meredith Parker follow her instincts and treat the creature like a son? Or should veterinarian Dr. Parker just put it down? The Parkers’ decision to raise the Bat Boy as their own sets the family on a collision course with their narrow-minded and frightened neighbors, and the developing relationship between Bat Boy and their daughter Shelley threatens to tear their whole world apart. Both hysterical and heartbreaking, Bat Boy: The Musical explores what it feels like to be an outcast and what it means to be human.
WHAT TO PREPARE: Actors will be asked to sing 32 bars/one-minute of a music theatre song, preferably in the style of the show. Please bring sheet music for our accompanist. Actors may also be asked to read sides from the show.
Bat Boy - (Male, Teenager): A boy. A monster. The role demands a great deal of physicality, comedic timing, and emotional vulnerability. Tenor/Falsetto.
Meredith Parker - (Female, Wife & Mother): Mother to Shelley & wife of Dr. Parker. Her compassionate & loving nature leads her to take in & care for Bat Boy. This role requires both comedic chops & emotional nuance. Mezzo-Soprano.
Dr. Thomas Parker - (Male, Father & Husband): Mother to Shelley & husband of Meredith. The local veterinarian, very well respected by the townsfolk, who would do anything to restore his relationship with his wife. A desperate and sad man, pushed to the limits of sanity. Baritone/Tenor.
Shelley Parker - (Female, Teenager): An innocent, immature, and rebellious teenager, who grows up over the course of the show. This role calls for an excellent comedic & dramatic actress. Mezzo-Soprano.
Sheriff Reynolds - (Male, 30+): The local Sheriff, very concerned about re-election, & trying to make everyone happy. Baritone.
Rick Taylor - (Male, Teenager): Shelley's boyfriend, troublemaker. Must be comfortable rapping & singing in a heavy metal style. Typically doubles as Lorraine (local townswoman), Mr. Dillon (a rancher), & Doctor. Tenor.
Reverend Billy Hightower - (Male/Female, 30+): A gospel singing evangelist, brought in to save the town. Must be an excellent vocalist with great comedic timing. Typically doubles as Mrs. Taylor (aggressive mother of the Taylor kids), & Institute Man. Tenor/Alto.
Pan - (Male/Female, 16+): The god Pan, who leads the other animals of the forest to help bring Bat Boy & Shelley together. Typically doubles as Bud (a rancher) & Daisy (a townswoman). Tenor.
Mayor Maggie - (Female, 30+): Bossy & assertive town official, not afraid to speak her mind. Typically doubles as Ron Taylor (middle Taylor kid, rowdy, spelunking teenager) & Clem (a townsman). Alto.
Ruthie Taylor - (Female, Teenager): A rowdy, rebellious, teenage spelunker. Youngest of the Taylor kids. Typically doubles as Ned (a rancher). Soprano.
COMPENSATION: Actors will receive a stipend.
Bat Boy: The Musical is produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.