‘Monster of Phantom Lake’ musical in the works

posted March 24, 2016 12:00 a.m. (CDT)
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    - Cassie Pearson, front, and Hannah Jones record the original cast album for “The Monster of Phantom Lake: The Musical.” The album will be for sale when the musical has its world premiere this summer at the Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts in Menomonie. The team raised money via Kickstarter to fund the performance and the cost of a cast album and DVD.

After meeting a fundraising goal earlier this year, the team behind an upcoming musical production has been working to record an original cast album for the new show. 

The 14 musicians and 10 cast members involved with “The Monster of Phantom Lake: The Musical” were at Pine Hollow Studio last week working to bring the production’s music to life. The studio is located southwest of Eau Clarie on Highway Z. 

The group raised $12,000 in January through the online crowdfunding website Kickstarter, which will be used for a cast album, DVD of the live performance and a full production of the original musical at the Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts in Menomonie. 

“At this point, we’ve switched gears from fundraising toward producing the original cast recording,” said Adam Boll, who wrote the music for the show. “Since the Kickstarter campaign ended, we’ve written final musical arrangements, rehearsed for several weeks with the orchestra and 10 cast members, and started recording the music.”

The cast recording, which features local vocalists and instrumentalists, will be available for purchase starting at the show’s world premiere July 21 at Mabel Tainter. After that, it will be available online through various music sites, Boll said. 

The musical is adapted from the 2006 film “The Monster of Phantom Lake” by Christopher R. Mihm. The film and the stage version is a tribute to the B-movie flicks of the 1950s. 

“The Monster of Phantom Lake” follows a group of teens, a professor and a graduate student who find themselves in the woods where the monster lurks.

The movie, which was filmed in and around the Twin Cities, marked its 10th anniversary earlier this month.