A new musical written, directed and performed by local talent will make its world premiere at the Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts (205 E. Main St., Menomonie) July 21-24.
The Monster of Phantom Lake: The Musical is a campy stage adaptation of a “drive-in theater”-style monster movie packed with catchy tunes inspired by classic musicals, 1950s rock-n-roll, and vintage science fiction.
Five teens go camping near Phantom Lake, where a shell-shocked ex-soldier has been transformed into a revolting monster by atomic waste. As the teens go missing, a professor and his beautiful graduate assistant work to stop the creature before it is too late.
The script for The Monster of Phantom Lake: The Musical was written and adapted by Minneapolis filmmaker, Christopher R. Mihm, from his 2006 retro-style “B-movie” of the same name. Music and lyrics are by Eau Claire composer, Adam Boll. And the show is being directed by Michael Cook, also of Eau Claire, who has appeared as an actor in several of Mihm’s films.
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The cast of 10, ranging in ages from 16-62, hails from across the Chippewa Valley region, including Menomonie, Eau Claire and New Auburn. The show will also feature a live 14-piece orchestra filled with local musicians.
The team behind the production raised the start-up funding needed through the online crowdfunding website Kickstarter in January. In addition to presenting the musical live this summer, the cast and orchestra finished recording an original cast album in April that will be officially released on July 21, the opening night of the show. A professionally shot and edited DVD of the live show will also become available in late October.
Showtimes for The Monster of Phantom Lake: The Musical are 7:30 p.m., Thursday, July 21 through Saturday, July 23 and 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 24. Tickets are $20 for adults/seniors and $12 for children and students with ID. Advance tickets are available at www.monsterofphantomlake.com