(Courtesy | Theatre Wesleyan)

FORT WORTH, TX – Theatre Wesleyan will present Bat Boy: The Musical at the Thad Smotherman Theatre at Texas Wesleyan University (1205 Binkley Street, 76105) for one weekend only, April 20-23. 

Bat Boy is a rock musical comedy/horror show based on a 1992 Weekly World News story about a half-boy, half-bat who grew up living in an isolated cave in the Appalachian Mountains of West Virginia. With a beat-driven rock score that pays homage to the rock musicals of the late ’60s and early ’70s, Bat Boy provides a compelling theatrical metaphor for the dangers of prejudice, intolerance, and provincialism. The show is recommended for mature audiences with a PG-13 rating. 

The musicalis directed by Joe Allen Brown, with musical direction by Rick Rainey, Natalie Mitchell serving as vocal supervisor, and is choreographed by Stephanie Locker-Hall. The cast and production team consist of BFA and BA theatre students from Texas Wesleyan University. The show is being produced by special arrangement with Broadway Licensing, Inc. 

Theatre Wesleyan’s musical tradition began in 1955 with a production of Finian’s Rainbow. The program operates as a producing member of the Live Theatre League of Tarrant County and the annual spring musical continues to be one of the longest-running theatre traditions in the DFW Metroplex. Recent musical productions included Avenue QRentThe Drowsy Chaperone, and more. 


Thursday, April 20, 2023 at 7:30pm 

Friday, April 21, 2023 at 7:30pm 

Saturday, April 22, 2023 at 7:30pm 

Sunday, April 23, 2023 at 2:00pm Matinee 


Ticket prices range from $10.00 to $15.00 and are available online at txwes.edu/theatretickets or by calling (817) 531-4211. Tickets will also be available at-the-door beginning one hour before performances. 

All plans and information are subject to change, and announcements will be made in the event of adjustments for the safety of our faculty, staff, students, and audience. 

Please check the Theatre Wesleyan Facebook for the most up-to-date information and updates. Audience members who purchase their tickets in advance will receive any updates via the email address provided upon checkout. 

If you have questions, please contact the Theatre Wesleyan office at (817) 531-5867. 

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