"Bat Boy: The Musical"
Denison's Department of Music presents the Singer's Theatre Workshop show, “Bat Boy: The Musical” on November 30 through December 2 at 8pm in Burke Recital Hall.
Based on a tabloid Weekly World News Story from 1992, the musical documents the discovery of a half-man half-bat creature found in a cave. The musical follows a group of teenagers who discover the creature, aiding him in assimilating to life as a human.
Dr. Belinda Andrews-Smith, Assistant Professor and director of Singer's Theater, lauds the show's “zany characters, beautiful singing, B movie humor, and shocking plot twists.”
A Q&A with Andrews-Smith about Singer's Theatre Workshop and “Bat Boy: The Musical”
Q: How is Singer's Theatre Workshop different form other musical theatre opportunities at Denison?
A: Singer's Theatre is different because it generally meets only two times a week. The class format is ideal for the busy liberal arts student. A recent graduate of this class was a biochemistry major but he performed numerous leading roles for Singer's Theatre. He is now performing in the National Phantom of the Opera tour!
Q: Since this is a class, do you act as both a professor and director?
A: Yes, I am both a professor and director for all Singer's Theatre productions. I am also the voice professor for a large majority of the student singers in Singer's theatre. This unique teaching context adds a professional edge to the student's singing performances.
Q: Why did you choose to perform Bat Boy?
A: I am always looking for interesting musicals that feature the types of singing voices that I currently have in my class. I loved the quirkiness of this show when I saw it many years ago, but I waited to direct it until the voices fit. Understanding the talent requirements of the acting and singing in a show is an essential aspect of successful musical theatre directing.