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October 15, 2009

VAPA announces cast of fall musical

The University of Louisiana at Monroe School of Visual and Performing Arts announces the cast of its fall musical, “Bat Boy: The Musical.”

The Divisions of Music, Theatre and Dance will produce the play, which runs from Nov. 11-13 with its last performance on Nov. 15. All performances begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Black Box Theatre.

The cast includes mass communications major James Willis in the title role. Willis is joined by:

The play will also feature the IDE Gospel Choir and the ULM Dance Repertory Ensemble.

Admission is free for ULM students, faculty and staff with school I.D. Tickets are $15 for the general public and may be purchased by calling the box office at 318-342-1414.

“Bat Boy: The Musical” is a cult hit based on tabloid stories in a National Enquirer-style paper about a child with needle teeth and Spock ears who supposedly was discovered in a cave in West Virginia in 1992.

In the stage version, a friendly family takes in the demonic-looking, half-breed and tries to teach him to live in civilized society, only to discover that West Virginia isn’t quite as civilized as they hoped.

The show’s producers describe it as “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” meets “My Fair Lady.”

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