Home Musical play Pantochino Teen Theater Brings ‘Bat Boy, The Musical’ to Milford

Pantochino Teen Theater Brings ‘Bat Boy, The Musical’ to Milford


Pantochino Teen Theater presents ‘Bat Boy, The Musical’ for three performances starting February 25 at the MAC, Milford Arts Council, building in Milford town centre.

Inspired by a supermarket tabloid story, this contemporary rock-infused musical is written by Keith Farley and Brian Flemming, with music and lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe of the movie “Legally Blonde.”

The story follows a half-boy, half-bat creature that was discovered in a cave in West Virginia and taught to behave like a “normal” boy.

Bat Boy is content with his new life, but when he naively tries to fit in with the narrow-minded community, a struggle for acceptance ensues.

“This is a unique opportunity for our teenage company members to learn a unique style of musical theater,” play director Bert Bernardi told Hearst Connecticut Media.

“It teaches tolerance, acceptance and compassion,” he said.

Sponsored by The Milford Bank, “Bat Boy, The Musical” features a cast of 27 young actors from Milford, Stratford, Orange, West Haven, East Haven, Trumbull, Shelton, Woodbridge, Ansonia, Branford, Seymour, Bethany and Killingworth.

The Pantochino Teen Theater offers young actors the opportunity to work with professional directors and designers outside of the academic setting, on a schedule that matches that of the professional summer theater.

The show was cast, learned and rehearsed in 10 immersive rehearsals.

Bernardi directs the show with Justin Rugg as musical director and Becki Arena as choreographer.

The show features set design by Von Del Mar, costumes by Jimmy Johansmeyer, lighting by Megan O’Brien and sound by Tobias Peltier.

Sherri Alfonso serves as stage manager.

Performances of “Bat Boy, The Musical” will take place on Friday, February 25 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, February 26 at 5:30 p.m. and Sunday, February 27 at 2 p.m.

The reduced-capacity Milford Arts Council building is located at 40 Railroad Ave., Milford.

Parking is free in the car parks at Milford Station during show times.

For more information and tickets, visit pantochino.com.

Attendees must present proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test at the door within 72 hours of each performance.

People must also wear masks that cover their nose and mouth during the show.