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Bat Boy: The Musical
a Dark Comedy/Musical
CATEGORY : COMEDY DRAMA MUSICAL


COMPANY : North Spings High School Drama Department
VENUE : North Springs High School Auditorium [WEBSITE]
ID# 2428

SHOWING : October 04, 2007 - October 13, 2007

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

North Springs High School is here to deliver a tragic comedy about a bat boy who yearns to be accepted in a rural farm town in West Virginia with Bat Boy: The Musical. A story of blood lust, incestuous desires, and death, this is sure to be a production to make jaws drop in awe. This is the second production from North Springs High School to be invited to the Fringe Festival in Scotland in Summer 2008.


CAST & CREW LIST
Director Brian Kimmel
Technical Director Marty Aikens
Floor Manager/Props Master Sam Anderson
Assistant Director Abby Hilton
Assistant Director Claire Shavzin
Drum kit Jason Sokolic
Ensemble Drew Carlos
Lorraine Kaitlyn Conner
Lorraine/Dance Captain Kaitlyn Conner
Daisy Victoria Cook
Ensemble/US Shelley Mackenzie Devlin
Ensemble Cici DuBoise
Ensemble Elizabeth Engquist
Ensemble Ebeth Engquist
Roy Max Fine
Ensemble Olivia Harlow
Mrs. Taylor Stacia Hitt
Ensemble Hunter Hughes
Bud Nils Jansson
Edgar/Bat Boy Greg Kamp
Meredith Parker Heidi Kloster
Ned Zac Lavender
Dr. Parker Robby Letzler
Maggie Courtney Major
Ensemble Mary Malloy
Sheriff Cody Mann
Reverend Hightower Devin McGinty
Ensemble Maureen O'Sullivan
Ensemble/Dance Captain Maureen O'Sullivan
Ensemble Lindsay Olson
Shelley Parker Karen Rooker
Ron Taylor Michael Rowland
Ensemble Rebecca Selwyn
Rick Taylor Dustin Smith
Young Meredith/Ensemble/US Meredith Savannah Stein
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REVIEWS

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by the_unlikely_thespian
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
4.0
In keeping with the spirit of my first review, I'll again start with a disclaimer: I have no connection to or affiliation with anyone in this cast or crew. Nor have I ever set foot in this high school before this past Sunday. I found out about the show from my voice teacher who consulted with the students.

I unfortunately did not get to see the full version of the show. By the time my daughter and I got a chance to see it they had been working to get the show under 45 minutes for one-act competition. More on that in a moment.

First I want to say that the thing that struck me the most about this show was the incredibly good wall of sound that came off the ensemble. I've seen a number of high school musical productions and while most of them have a core of good singers that cover the lead roles, often by the time the ensemble is cast, the singing suffers a little. Not so with this show. Good solid singing from all the performers. I was delighted at every turn by the singing and the dancing was generally solid too. There were performers in the ensemble who really caught my eye. I don't know them so I can't call them by name, but I think that NSHS should be proud of its ensemble.

Hats off to Greg Kamp as Bat Boy. I have no doubts that that was a tricky role to act and Greg did it with aplomb. I particularly enjoyed the acting in his early scenes. Very physical and it surely wasn't easy. His singing was very good and I liked his dance moves as well. Well rounded.

In general, I liked Robby Letzler as Dr. Parker. He had moments where his singing shined, though I'll say that he did have some issues the night we were there. It sounded to me like he was simply not hearing the accompaniment. I can't help but wonder if some of this was related to the pressure to get the show into the allotted time. They did manage to get it under 45 minutes but I'll bet some of the "burps"(not just specific to Robby) I saw were due to the efforts to get in under the wire. I wish that I had gotten to see the full show.

Karen Rooker as Shelley Parker and Heidi Kloster as Meredith Parker turned in strong performances. Both of them have lovely singing voices. They both brought lots of life to their roles.

The musicians were top notch. I don't know whether musicians consider this a compliment or not but I heard nothing that distracted from the production and quite a lot that added to it.

The sets consisted largely of 3 big projection TV's which were essentially used as electronic flats. I can't decide if I liked that or not. Because they were projection TV's, there were times when actors positioned themselves between the projector and the screen. This was actually quite effective. But my daughter jokingly said "They cheated." She is used to breaking her behind pushing platforms around to get in under the time limit.

If you haven't seen the show, the current run has ended I think but the director did announce that they would be running the full version of the show again some time in November. Perhaps they will update their TheaterReview entry with that information. Solid entertainment. Nice and dark in tone. If you like that sort of thing (and I sure do) it's worth a look when they reopen in November. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]
hold your bat boy!
by bend_your_back
Saturday, October 6, 2007
5.0
This is an absolutely incredible production, truly it is worthy of a professional setting. Tonight's performance was just amazing. The audience just lept to their feet at the end, it was really great to see. Greg Kamp gives a truly heart-wrenching performance as Bat Boy. Heidi Kloster and Karen Rooker are absolutely stunning and are wonderful together. Robby Letzler takes over the role of Dr. Parker, and has an incredible voice that stands out tremendously. There is not one person in this cast that was wrongfully put in their part. Even the tech was totally on fire tonight. I can't wait to see the show progress even more throughout the year, and I can't wait to see it get taken to Scotland! I love you all! [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]
AMAZING!!!!!
by Thespianvoice14
Saturday, October 6, 2007
5.0
This show was spectacular in every aspect imaginable!! Greg Kamp is Batboy! But most of all, I was impressed with the acting of Robbie Letzler, who showed the true insanity of dr. thomas parker. Not only is this show contreversial and frightning, it is also somewhat witty. The music is bold, and extremely well sung by the amazing ensemble. Whatever Brian Kimmel (director) was doing, he sure as hell did something right. This is fringe fest material, Urinetown times 2!!! [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]

by theatrefreak123
Friday, October 5, 2007
3.5
So I saw the show tonight and I liked it a lot! There was definetly a lot of technical difficulties in the show that partially ruined the production, but other than that, it was really good. Greg Kamp is PHENOMENAL-- Heidi Kolster has such an incredible voice-- Karen was outstanding and she was perfect for the part-- it was casted extremely well. The dancing was ehhh-- definetly not as good as 42nd street but alright-- overall it was great! [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]


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