Seton Hill U. Theatre Presents “Bat Boy The Musical”
Seton Hill University's Theatre and Dance Program will present “Bat Boy The Musical” from February 24-March 3. The story and book are by Keythe Farley and Brian Flemming; music and lyrics are by Laurence O’Keefe. Tickets are $16, with student and group rates available. Call the Seton Hill Performing Arts Center Box Office for tickets at 724-552-2929 or purchase tickets online.
Performances: February 24 and 25: 8 p.m.; February 26: 2 p.m.; February 29: 10:30 a.m.; March 1, 2 and 3: 8 p.m.
Found in a cave in West Virginia in 1992, this half bat, half boy gained overnight notoriety in tabloids, and in short order became a regular subject of Saturday Night Live spoofs. Now Bat Boy stars in his own musical. When the Taylor boys capture him, the town Sheriff delivers this freakish and frightened creature to the local veterinarian. Dr. Parker is forced to face the music when his daughter belts out that all-too-familiar and fatal question, “Can we keep him, Dad?” That may be up to the townsfolk of Hope Falls, who are slow to accept poor Bat Boy despite his domestication and dogged attempts at assimilation.
The Seton Hill student cast of “Bat Boy The Musical” includes Layne Bailey of Wexford, Pa., Kristy Bissell of Canonsburg, Pa., Candy Butala of Charleroi, Pa., BreAnna Connell of Connellsville, Pa., Cameron Corcoran of Huston, Pa., Brendan Duffy of North Huntingdon, Pa., Sarah Laughland of Frederick, Md., Matt Leslie of Butler, Pa., Patrick McMahon of Gibsonia, Pa., Andy Meholick of Reynoldsville, Pa., Amanda Morse of Jenison, Mich., Sienna Sears of St. Louis, Mo., Bill Smolter of Glenshaw, Pa., Emily Urbaniak of Pittsburgh, Pa., and Ariel Watters of Everett, Pa.
The Seton Hill student technical staff includes Jimmy Amor of New Holland, Pa., assistant set designer, Shannon Bork of United, Pa., spot operator, Gretchen Cullison of Sparks, Md., make-up mistress, Gabriella DeCarli of DuBois, Pa., make-up stylist, Farrah Felten of Schellsburg, Pa., house manager, Megan Henderson of Columbia, Md., stage manager, Katie Hicks, Oil City, Pa., dresser, Tyler Kluck of Pittsburgh, Pa., light board operator, Andrew Kutrufis of Pittsburgh, Pa., sound board operator, Dominic Jungling of Gibsonia, Pa., assistant stage manager, Brittany Lamb of Suffolk, Va., master electrician, Hannah Lamberto of Cranberry Township, Pa., dresser and wardrobe prep head, Kelsey Martin, McAlisterville, Pa., dresser, Megan McGlennen of Evans City, Pa., wig stylist, Hayley McLean of Elkridge, Md., properties manager, Ben Otto of Mt. Holly Springs, Pa., spot operator, Jess Rodacay of Washington, Pa., wardrobe mistress, Regina Tvaruzek of Glenshaw, Pa., assistant lighting designer, and Shannon Webster of Greensburg, Kan., assistant stage manager.
Seton Hill Theatre’s production of “Bat Boy The Musical” is directed by Shawn Sturnick, guest director and Seton Hill alumnus (1989). Professional artistic staff for the production includes Deborra Bergmark-Peelor, adjunct instructor, theatre, lights, Joseph Domencic, adjunct instructor, music, vocal coach, Erica Gamerro, bass, Karen Glass, assistant professor, theatre, set designer, Todd Leighty, sound designer, Mike Matteo, drums, John Olearchick, keyboard, Susan O’Neill, instructor, theatre, costume designer, John Marcinizyn, adjunct instructor, music, guitar, Michelle Walters, director, Community Music Program, musical direction and keyboard, and Stefan Zubal, assistant professor, theatre and dance, choreography.
Venue Information: All Seton Hill Theatre and Dance performances are held in the William Granger Ryan Theatre in Seton Hill University's Performing Arts Center, 100 Harrison Avenue, Greensburg, Pa. The Performing Arts Center is a fully accessible and climate-controlled facility. Parking is available in four nearby Greensburg parking areas: the Bell Parking Garage on North Otterman Street (across the street from the Performing Arts Center), the Hellman-Ghrist lot on North Main Street, the Albert Grillo lot on Seton Hill Drive, and the Wib Albright lot off West Otterman Street.
Ticket Information: Single admission tickets are $16. Seton Hill students (with valid ID) can purchase tickets for $5. Non-Seton Hill students (with a valid school ID) can purchase advance tickets for $13. Students from any school can purchase rush tickets five minutes before curtain, subject to availability, for $5 (with valid school ID). Groups of 16 or more can purchase tickets at a rate of $12 each with a reservation and advance payment. Season tickets are available. A “flex” subscription, which includes six tickets to be used at any of the four theatre productions, is $78. Order tickets online, by phone at 724-552-2929 or by mail at SHUPAC Theatre Box Office, Seton Hill University, 1 Seton Hill Drive, Greensburg, Pa. 15601-1599. Box Office Hours, by telephone, beginning September 6: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. Extended hours on performance days: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Sunday.
Seton Hill University's Performing Arts Center is 73,000 square feet of everything a performing arts major needs to move from student to professional. The Center houses two dedicated, flexible performance spaces, the Carol Ann Reichgut Concert Hall and the William Granger Ryan Theatre. The Center also includes a performance studio, new classrooms, rehearsal rooms and technical areas that include the best equipment for learning and performing, from Steinway pianos to the latest in lighting, sound, video and acoustics. The Center is located in downtown Greensburg, putting it squarely in the middle of the city’s cultural district yet still only minutes from Seton Hill’s main hilltop campus.
The Seton Hill University Theatre and Dance Program has a long history of educating performing arts majors for professional careers while playing a vital role in the educational life of the campus. Seton Hill’s Theatre and Dance Program offers four full-length productions (as well as a number of shorter works) and one dance production each year that generate audiences of over 3,500 and speak to topics addressed in courses across Seton Hill’s curriculum.