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BCC Lamplight Players Present Bat Boy

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The Burlington County College (BCC) Lamplight Players bring to life the half-boy, half-bat, American musical, “Bat Boy: The Musical” based on a sensational tabloid story in a 1992 issue of Weekly World News. Written by Keythe Farley and Brian Flemming, with music and lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe, “Bat Boy: The Musical” is comedic and campy play that follows the consequences of bringing a cave-dwelling bat boy to light. The cast of 12 takes the stage at the Geraldine Clinton Little Theater, located on BCC’s Pemberton campus, on Thursday, April 18, Fridays, April 19 and 26, and Saturdays, April 20 and 27.

BCC Lamplight Player veteran actor, Tyler Zeoli of Delran plays the staring-role of Bat Boy. A sophomore theater major, this is Zeoli’s fourth production with BCC.

For his first BCC Lamplight Player production, Michael Wemer of Mount Holly will star as Dr. Thomas Parker, Hope Falls’ veterinarian. Dr. Parker’s wife, Meredith is played by Stacey Zenser of Mount Laurel. Zenser is a 2012 graduate of Holy Cross and was last seen onstage as Mrs. Banks in BCC’s production of “Barefoot in the Park.” Cassandra Wright of Crestview, FL, makes her BCC Lamplight Player debut as Shelley Parker, the Parkers’ rebellious daughter.

Anders Adams of Mount Laurel takes on dual roles as Rick Taylor, a spelunking teen, and Lorraine, a townswoman in Hope Falls. Adams played Harry in BCC’s “Red Herring” and has had walk-on roles in Boardwalk Empire and The Dark Knight Rises. Rick Taylor’s brother, Ron, is played by Katie Selnek of Cinnaminson. She also doubles as Maggie, the Mayor of Hope Falls. This is Selnek’s first play at BCC, but this Cinnaminson High School graduate is not a stranger to the stage. She played numerous roles as a member of her high school’s drama club. Michelle Mulligan, also of Cinnaminson, plays Ruthie Taylor, Rick and Ron’s rowdy and younger sister. This is Mulligan’s second production at BCC.

Tyler Boring of Shamong takes on three roles, Mrs. Taylor, the overprotective mother of Rick, Ron, and Ruthie, Roy, a townsman, and Reverend Billy Hightower, a preacher and faith healer who holds a revival meeting. Boring last performed in BCC’s fall production of “Barefoot in the Park.”

Patrick Hall of Cherry Hill will play Pan, the Greek god of nature, and Bud, a rancher, for his second performance with the Lamplight Players. Willingboro resident Jazzmin Lewis, a first-time performer with the Lamplight Players and a theater major at BCC, will also play a rancher in the role of Ned.

Another student making his debut to the BCC stage is Mike Anderson of Philadelphia. He will be playing Hope Falls’ Sheriff Reynolds. Rounding out the cast as the town doctor is Miles Coley, a freshman at BCC. 

Performances start at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 18, Fridays, April 19 and 26, and Saturdays, April 20 and 27. There is an afternoon performance at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 20. Doors open 30 minutes before show time. General admission is $12. Admission is $7 for BCC students with a valid ID. Group discounts are also available. A special Dinner and Show will be held on Saturday, April 20 at 6 p.m. First, enjoy a dinner catered by Colonial Village Catering and then a 7:30 p.m. showing of “Bat Boy: The Musical.” Dinner and show tickets are $32 per person. The Geraldine Clinton Little Theater is located in the Lewis M. Parker Center at the Pemberton campus, 601 Pemberton Browns Mills Rd.

You can now purchase tickets online through vendini.com. For more ticket information, please call the box office at (609) 894-9311, ext. 1460. 

“Bat Boy: The Musical” has been produced through special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.