Auditions for BAT BOY: THE MUSICAL

The Burlington Players
announce auditions for


Story and Book by Keythe Farley and Brian Flemming
Music and Lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe

directed by Robert M. Hallisey, Jr.
musical direction Timothy Goss
produced by Shahn Knights
stage managed by Jill Flemming

Production Dates: May 5 - 20, 2023

Audition dates:  Sunday, January 29 & Monday, January 30 at 7pm
Callbacks Wednesday, February 1 at 7pm

Auditions will be held at
The ParkPlayhouse
One Edgemere Ave, Burlington, MA  01890

Performers of all races and ethnicities, gender identities, sexualities, and abilities are encouraged to audition. We recognize that the characters are written on the binary (use he/him or she/her pronouns), so we invite actors to submit for the roles they most identify and are comfortable with.

Burlington Players is committed to working on being Anti-Racist and shall not practice discrimination against any volunteer on the basis of race, color, creed, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age or disability.

The Audition

Sign up for a slot here.  Plan to arrive at least 15 minutes before your scheduled time to get checked in.  Walk-ins with no appointment are welcome, and will be fit in as space/time permits.  

Bring a headshot and resume if you have them and the sheet music for what you will sing, in the correct key.  An audition accompanist will be provided.  You will also be asked to read from the script and sides will be provided at the auditions. Please let us know if you need enlarged copies or other accommodation.

Please bring in two contrasting cuts of songs of a similar style to the show (remember, this is a rock musical!) that show off your range; 30-45 sec for each, please.

for more information, contact the producer

The Production

Rehearsals will begin with a Read-Thru in February followed by rehearsals 2-3 nights per week based on availability. Performance Dates: May 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20 at 8pm. and May 7 & 14 at 2pm.

The Story
Based on a story in The Weekly World News, 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, West Virginia. 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 townsfolk 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.

The Characters

A Note on Casting and Doubling
The musical is originally conceived for a cast of ten people to play all twenty-two roles. Except for the actors playing Bat Boy, Meredith, Dr. Parker and Shelley, actors may be cast in multiple roles and of another character gender, depending on abilities, willingness, and their cohesiveness as an ensemble.  

BAT BOY - Also referred to as "Edgar". A bat boy.  Rock Tenor, must have a high E.

MEREDITH PARKER - Wife to Thomas.  Mezzo-Soprano/Soprano, high mix, preferably up to A-flat.

DR. THOMAS PARKER - The town veterinarian. Husband to Meredith.  Baritenor-Tenor. High is an Ab, but the whole role sits fairly high up.

SHELLEY PARKER - The rebellious daughter of Thomas and Meredith. Girlfriend of Rick. Falls in love with Edgar. Soprano.

SHERIFF REYNOLDS - The local sheriff, coming up for re-election. Sometimes doubles as Delia. Baritone.

RICK TAYLOR - A rowdy, spelunking teenager. Kin to Ron and Ruthie, son of Mrs. Taylor. Boyfriend of Shelley. Could double as Lorraine and Mr. Dillon. Rock tenor, think Steven Tyler rock mix range.

RON TAYLOR - A rowdy, spelunking teenager. Kin to Rick, and Ruthie, son of Mrs. Taylor. Could double as Maggie. Baritone

RUTHIE TAYLOR - A rowdy, spelunking teenager. Youngest of three. Kin to Rick and Ron, daughter of Mrs. Taylor. Could double as Ned. Mezzo-Soprano.

MRS. TAYLOR - An overprotective, aggressive mother. Mother of Rick, Ron, and Ruthie. Could double as Reverend Hightower, Roy and Institute Man. Tenor.

LORRAINE - A townswoman. Could double as Rick and Mr. Dillon.

DELIA - A townswoman. Sometimes doubles as Sheriff.

MAGGIE - The mayor of Hope Falls. Could double as Ron.

DAISY - A townswoman. Could double as Bud and Pan.

MR. DILLAN - A rancher. Sometimes doubles as Lorraine and Rick.

BUD - A rancher. Could double as Pan and Daisy.

NED - A rancher. Could double as Ruthie.

ROY - A townsman. Could double as Mrs. Taylor and Rev. Hightower.

CLEM - A townsman. Could double as Ron and Maggie.

REVEREND BILLY HIGHTOWER - A preacher and faith healer who holds a travelling Tent Revival/Barbecue. Could double as Mrs. Taylor and Roy.

PAN - The Greek satyr-god of nature. Could double as Bud and Daisy. Tenor.

A DOCTOR - Could double as Bud, Daisy and Pan.

INSTITUTE MAN - Could double as Mrs. Taylor, Roy and Rev. Hightower.

CHORUS/ENSEMBLE - Singer/dancers, additional townsfolk, animals.

COVID19 Guidance effective 07/01/22

The Burlington Players is following the current COVID policy published by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health on June 10, 2022.

Because of the nature and close proximity of individuals engaging in theatrical endeavors, those participating in a show, whether an actor, crew, or staff, if eligible, are required to be up to date on COVID vaccinations including any booster doses as they become available.

The wearing of masks indoors is not required. However, we encourage the wearing of masks indoors, ESPECIALLY for those who have a weakened immune system or are at increased risk for severe illness because of your age or underlying condition, or if a household member is.  We will continue to monitor the situation and if warranted, require the use of masks during rehearsals.

Individuals who test positive for COVID, or are considered close contacts to someone who has tested positive, must follow the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Isolation and Quarantine Guidance which includes wearing a mask in public for 5 more days after leaving isolation or quarantine on day 5, regardless of vaccination status.