Stepping Out

'Bat' in the Barn

The 20th anniversary season of Los Altos Stage Company concludes with the Off-Broadway hit “Bat Boy: The Musical,” which opened last week and is scheduled to run through June 25 at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

“Bat Boy” – with book by Keythe Farley and Brian Flemming, and music and lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe – won the 2001 Lucille Lortel Award for Best Off-Broadway Musical.

Inspired by tabloid headlines, it is a comedy/horror show about a half boy/half bat creature discovered in a cave near Hope Falls, W. Va. With a beat-driven rock score that pays homage to the rock musicals of the late ’60s and early ’70s, the play provides a theatrical metaphor for the dangers of prejudice, intolerance and provincialism.

Ian Leonard directs “Bat Boy.” He is a local actor and director who has staged productions at Children’s Musical Theater San Jose, Theatre in the Mountains and schools throughout the Bay Area.

The musical features an ensemble cast of Bus Barn veterans, as well as some new faces. Actors include Melissa Baxter, Doug Brook, Sarah Bylsma, Sofia Gonzalvez, Sharon Lita, Tarif Pappu, Joey Pisacane, Terrance Lee Saffold Jr., David Scott and Jen Wheatonfox.

Performances are scheduled 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays.

Tickets are $18-$36.

For tickets and more information, call 941-0551 or visit

Richard Mayer/Special to the Town Crier
Tarif Pappu plays Bat Boy and Sharon Lita is Shelly in Los Altos Stage Company’s “Bat Boy: The Musical.” T

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