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May 18, 2005
An open letter to drama teacher Gale Caswell and the students of the La Canada High School Drama Department: Keythe Farley here. I wanted to send you a little "pep note" to encourage you to keep the faith as you move forward with your production of "Bat Boy: The Musical." Small-minded and intolerant people have become very well organized of late. But, as you have discovered, truth prevails. The truth you and your students have spoken has been recognized and endorsed by a majority of parents, administrators and school board members.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Michael J. Arvizu | June 3, 2005
Warning: This article may not be appropriate for children under 9. Daniel Barber sits in a makeup chair in the La Cañada High School drama department green room. His nails are in bad need of a good clipping, his hair is every mother's worst nightmare and his teeth are enough to give the Tooth Fairy a heart attack. Barber has become Bat Boy, the main character in La Cañada High School's spring musical "Bat Boy: the Musical." So how exactly do you go about making a bat boy?
NEWS
June 2, 2005
Darleene Barrientos Backstage at La Canada High School on Wednesday, students put on their costumes amid clutter while others warmed up their voices, preparing for a night of singing. These students have performed in numerous live musicals and plays as veterans of La Canada High School's stage. But the mood of the students was a little different -- more purposeful and motivated, because of the controversy surrounding the production of "Bat Boy: the Musical."
NEWS
April 21, 2005
Ann Doneen and Ken Swope In Friday's paper, "Parents want musical stopped" reported that La Canada High School parent Karen Matheson wants the school district to halt production on this year's all-school musical, "Bat Boy." Please know that there are a number of parents who applaud the district, drama teacher Gale Caswell and the school administration for bringing some fresh material to our stage, and for having the depth, wisdom and insight to be able to see that it would be appropriate for us to stage this production here in La Canada Flintridge.
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By WENDY GROVE | October 13, 2007
The Glendale College Theatre Arts Department will stage a special, final show of “Bat Boy: The Musical” on Oct. 31. The Halloween performance will begin at 7 p.m., and theater patrons are encouraged to attend in costume. “Bat Boy: The Musical” is written by Keythe Farley and Brian Flemming, with music and lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe. Theater professor Jeanette Farr directs, with musical direction by Byron Delto. All shows of “Bat Boy: The Musical” are staged in the Auditorium Studio Theatre.
NEWS
April 22, 2005
Darleene Barrientos La Canada High School's production of "Bat Boy" has forced the city's students and residents to think about the musical's message of tolerance well before the curtain goes up. Dozens of parents and students addressed the La Canada Unified School District Board of Education to support or condemn the edgy, dark-humored production about a boy who is half human, half bat. Some parents are outraged that...
NEWS
May 6, 2005
Thank you from the man who played Robert E. Lee Thank you for your coverage of Rosemont's History is Alive event ("Tales of life and Civil War," Saturday). History teachers Lynn McGinnis and Chris Collins-Cross and the other teachers do a great job. It has been my pleasure to be a part of their program. I also want to thank you for my picture on the front page, and thanks to Dan Watson for again catching me in the act of doing something I really enjoy doing.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Lisa Stones | May 27, 2005
A talented cast has worked for months to bring "Bat Boy: The Musical" to the La Canada High School stage. Inspired by fabricated reports in a tabloid newspaper, playwrights Keythe Farley and Brian Flemming have intertwined outrageous comedy and an unlikely love story with Laurence O'Keefe's entertaining rock score to create a musical with a moving message. The story is set in a small town where three teens discover a beastly boy with pointy ears in a West Virginia cave and take him into town for veterinary care.
NEWS
April 23, 2005
This high school show must go on I attended the school board meeting Tuesday night and, to coin Voltaire, I may disapprove of "Bat Boy," but will defend to the death the right for this production to go on. At 16, I was exposed to a play containing many of the controversial references and then some found in "Bat Boy": patricide, incest and even witchcraft. That play did not lead me down some dark, immoral path. To the contrary, Shakespeare's "Hamlet" illuminated the paradoxical world of human action and flamed in me a lifelong love of literature and theater.
NEWS
June 13, 2005
Darleene Barrientos With the end of the school year approaching, the hustle and bustle has intensified in Room 100 at La Canada High School. Seniors are turning in their final assignments, and juniors are deciding who will be the drama program's next president. But underlying the energy, laughter and joy, students say there is a sadness that the beloved drama program will never be the same again with 12-year drama instructor Gale Caswell retiring this year.
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By WENDY GROVE | October 13, 2007
The Glendale College Theatre Arts Department will stage a special, final show of “Bat Boy: The Musical” on Oct. 31. The Halloween performance will begin at 7 p.m., and theater patrons are encouraged to attend in costume. “Bat Boy: The Musical” is written by Keythe Farley and Brian Flemming, with music and lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe. Theater professor Jeanette Farr directs, with musical direction by Byron Delto. All shows of “Bat Boy: The Musical” are staged in the Auditorium Studio Theatre.
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NEWS
June 13, 2005
Darleene Barrientos With the end of the school year approaching, the hustle and bustle has intensified in Room 100 at La Canada High School. Seniors are turning in their final assignments, and juniors are deciding who will be the drama program's next president. But underlying the energy, laughter and joy, students say there is a sadness that the beloved drama program will never be the same again with 12-year drama instructor Gale Caswell retiring this year.
NEWS
June 3, 2005
Raye A. Rhoads The continuing flap over La Canada High School's production of "Bat Boy: The Musical" (pun intended) gave me a huge case of deja vu. I remember well the lurid tabloid photo of the supposedly half-bat child allegedly found in a Virginia cave, with his human face distorted by huge, pointed ears and small, pointed teeth. It was a remarkable picture production in a pre-Photoshop era. A musical based on the story would have elements of rape and bestiality by definition.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Michael J. Arvizu | June 3, 2005
Warning: This article may not be appropriate for children under 9. Daniel Barber sits in a makeup chair in the La Cañada High School drama department green room. His nails are in bad need of a good clipping, his hair is every mother's worst nightmare and his teeth are enough to give the Tooth Fairy a heart attack. Barber has become Bat Boy, the main character in La Cañada High School's spring musical "Bat Boy: the Musical." So how exactly do you go about making a bat boy?
NEWS
June 2, 2005
Darleene Barrientos Backstage at La Canada High School on Wednesday, students put on their costumes amid clutter while others warmed up their voices, preparing for a night of singing. These students have performed in numerous live musicals and plays as veterans of La Canada High School's stage. But the mood of the students was a little different -- more purposeful and motivated, because of the controversy surrounding the production of "Bat Boy: the Musical."
NEWS
June 1, 2005
Jackson Bell As La Canada High School's polarizing musical "Bat Boy" readies for opening night, the school board's president announced Tuesday plans to establish boundaries for schools when producing plays. "Bat Boy" -- an edgy, dark-humored production about a boy who is half-human, half-bat -- will open Thursday and run through Sunday. Over the past few months, the controversial musical has been both vehemently condemned and supported by some in the community.
NEWS
May 27, 2005
Survivors are also part of 100-year-old's story I was delighted to see the large photo of my great-aunt Edith in the Glendale News-Press ("100 years and still going strong," Wednesday). But please let me correct you. She is not the only surviving member of her family. In fact, she has two great-nieces, two great-great nieces, two great-great nephews and a great-nephew-in-law living in Glendale alone. She has multiple other great and great-great nieces and great and great-great nephews.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Lisa Stones | May 27, 2005
A talented cast has worked for months to bring "Bat Boy: The Musical" to the La Canada High School stage. Inspired by fabricated reports in a tabloid newspaper, playwrights Keythe Farley and Brian Flemming have intertwined outrageous comedy and an unlikely love story with Laurence O'Keefe's entertaining rock score to create a musical with a moving message. The story is set in a small town where three teens discover a beastly boy with pointy ears in a West Virginia cave and take him into town for veterinary care.
NEWS
May 18, 2005
An open letter to drama teacher Gale Caswell and the students of the La Canada High School Drama Department: Keythe Farley here. I wanted to send you a little "pep note" to encourage you to keep the faith as you move forward with your production of "Bat Boy: The Musical." Small-minded and intolerant people have become very well organized of late. But, as you have discovered, truth prevails. The truth you and your students have spoken has been recognized and endorsed by a majority of parents, administrators and school board members.
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