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UNI's Strayer-Wood Theatre to present 'Bat Boy: The Musical'

March 22, 2012

Traci Gaydos, director of marketing, Strayer-Wood Theatre, 319-273-6387,

Stacey Christensen, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Strayer-Wood Theatre will present "Bat Boy: The Musical," with story and book by Keythe Farley and Brian Flemming and music and lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe, at 7:30 p.m., April 5 to 7 and April 12 to 14, and at 2 p.m., April 15, in the Strayer-Wood Theatre on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

"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, W.Va. 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. In between the howls of laughter and using virtually every style of music, "Bat Boy: The Musical" tackles American prejudice, the fierceness of modern religion, genetic engineering and more.

"Bat Boy: The Musical" is the final offering of the Strayer-Wood Theatre's 2011-2012 season, "Renewal: Emerging Beyond Struggles." The production is directed by UNI alumnus Patrick Elkins-Zeglarski. Costumes are designed by Amy RohrBerg, associate professor of design and production; scenery is designed by Leonard M. Curtis, associate professor of design and production. Lighting is designed by Eric R. Lange, department head and associate professor of design and production; hair and make-up is designed by Jessica Williams, senior theatre arts major. The stage manager is Bailey Otto, senior theatre arts major.

Tickets are $20 for general admission and free for UNI students with their uCard. Tickets can be purchased from the Strayer-Wood Theatre lobby box office between noon and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. The box office will also be open one hour before curtain time.

For more information, contact Traci Gaydos, director of marketing at the Strayer-Wood Theatre, at 319-273-6387 or or call the Strayer-Wood Theatre box office at 319-273-6381 or visit