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Meredith Parker (Elizabeth Paxton) pleads with Dr. Parker (Logan Thurman) to keep Bat Boy (David Gwaltney) alive in Theatre Bristol's upcoming performance of Bat Boy, the Musical

Theatre Bristol closes 45th anniversary season with Bat Boy, the Musical!

May 31, 2011

Theatre Bristol is closing out its 45th anniversary season with Bat Boy, the Musical starting June 3 and running thru June 18, 2011. Based on a story in The Weekly World News, Bat Boy, the Musical is a musical comedy/horror show about a half boy/half bat creature who is discovered in a cave near Hope Falls, West Virginia. For lack of a better solution, the local sheriff brings Bat Boy to the home of the town veterinarian, Dr. Parker, where he is eventually accepted as a member of the family and taught to act like a "normal" boy by the veterinarian's wife, Meredith, and teenage daughter, Shelley. Bat Boy is happy with his new life, but when he naively tries to fit in with the narrow-minded people of Hope Falls, they turn on him, prodded by the machinations of Dr. Parker, who secretly despises Bat Boy. Shelley and Bat Boy, who have fallen in love, run away together from the ignorant townfolk and have a blissful coupling in the woods, but their happiness is shattered when Meredith arrives and reveals a secret. Soon the entire town arrives and hears the shocking story of Bat Boy's unholy origin.

Bat Boy, the Musical is directed by Robert Kitchens, music directed by Brian Hodge, stage managed by Victoria Burnette, choreographed by Keegan Byington and assistant stage managed by Jon Phelps.

The cast of 10 boasts 6 newcomers to Theatre Bristol’s stage including the Bat Boy himself, David Gwaltney. Bristol, TN. Other newcomers include; Cassandra Brown (Mrs. Taylor, Ray, Institute Man), Katherine Campbell (Ruthie Taylor, Ned), Hannah Case (Shelley Parker), Rob Case (Bud, Daisy, Reverend Hightower, Pan) and Rocky Cooper (Rick Taylor, Lorraine, Doctor, Dillon). Familiar Theatre Bristol faces include Ellie Dennis (Mayor Maggie, Ron Taylor, Clem), Kim McLeod (Sherriff Reynolds), Elizabeth Paxton (Meredith Parker) and Logan Thurman (Dr. Thomas Parker).

Bat Boy, the Musical performances are in Theatre Bristol’s ARTspace on June 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 & 18 at 8 p.m. and June 12 & 18 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased on-line at www.theatrebristol.org Limited seating, reservations suggested. Tickets: Adults $15, Seniors (over 62)/Students $12 and Children (under 12) $8. For more information feel free to contact Theatre Bristol 423.968.4977.