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'Bat Boy: The Musical,' directed by Joe Brown, will play April 20-23
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03.28.2023 | By: Texas Wesleyan University

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 musical is 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.


  • Thursday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m. 
  • Friday, April 21 at 7:30 p.m. 
  • Saturday, April 22 at 7:30 p.m. 
  • Sunday, April 23 at 2 p.m. (Matinee) 


Ticket prices range from $10 to $15 and are available online at 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. 

For tickets, click here or call the box office at (817) 531-4211.

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