At one point or another, we’ve all thought about getting into a small SUV with our best friend and driving 7500 miles around the nation with a tiny guitar and a cooler packed with cheese-filled beef sticks while writing a full-length stage musical. Of course, most of us aren’t burdened with unfettered insanity so we just dismiss those urges. Luckily for Earth, two friends from Western Pennsylvania were just crazy enough to heed the call and in the summer of 2012, emerged from such a journey with an extravagant musical farce called Sasquatch: The Musical.
Trading off writing duties in the passenger seat while the other drove, childhood friends Matthew Lucas and Patrick McElroy crafted their most recent in a long history of collaborations. As schoolboys they wrote, directed, and performed in countless short films and plays. In college they wrote and produced two feature films. They played in bands and composed music for dance, but had never tried to tackle a stage musical.
They saw a unique challenge in the opportunity to create a new musical. To write for a large ensemble cast while dreaming up a bunch of original songs proved to be no small task, but one in which Lucas and McElroy relished. They had taken on various topics through the years, but always seemed to be drawn to the mystery and utter hilarity of the Sasquatch. So when the time came to choose a topic for their musical, there was simply no other choice...
The first draft was completed in three weeks, and would be further crafted and developed over the next seven months. Matt Shervey was brought on to orchestrate the 19 musical numbers. Sasquatch: The Musical premiered at Lucas and McElroy's alma mater, Grove City Area High School, on April 11, 2013 under McElroy's direction and the musical direction of Matt Shervey.
The musical is currently seeking the interest of industry professionals in addition to funding for a series of professional readings. To contact the creative team, please click here. For information on how to financially support the development of the musical, including the Indiegogo campaign where you can earn exciting perks, please click here.
Long live Sasquatch!
Matthew Lucas is a filmmaker and playwright in Washington, DC. He holds a BA in Theatre Arts from Marymount Manhattan College and is a current MFA candidate in Film and Electronic Media at American University.
His independent film credits include Díra (Winner, Best Fiction, 2014 American Visions Awards), Cheeto (Nominee, Best Fiction, 2014 American Visions Awards), Trials of a Scientific Mind (Official Selection, 2013 Alexandria Film Festival), and Wombmates (Best of DC, 2013 DC 48 Hour Film Project).
His community theatre credits include Witness (Man), Waiting for Godot (Estragon), and The Actor's Nightmare (George).
As a musician, he has composed for and performed with modern dance companies AM Dance Project, agise and dancers, and Marymount Manhattan College's Dancers at Work. He is also a guitarist and vocalist in the performance duo, Matt and Anthony, and has performed in venues across New York and New Jersey in addition to a top-40 turn on NBC's "America's Got Talent".
Patrick is an English teacher and drama director at Grove City High School in Grove City, PA. He earned a B.A. in English with Secondary Certification in English and Communication from Grove City College in 2008.
His college and community theatre credits include Major Barbara, Pirates of Penzance, Waiting for Godot, and Of Thee I Sing. In 2006 he co-wrote and directed an original one-act for the Grove City College Tau Alpha Pi One-Act Festival entitled Directing Uncle Vanya.
In 2009 he played the role of Bejart in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival's national finalist production of David Hirson's La Bete.
Patrick's directing credits include Little Shop of Horrors, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Noises Off!, The Drowsy Chaperone, and the 2013 world premiere of Sasquatch: The Musical. He is currently pursuing an M.A. in Theatre Arts from the University of Akron.
Matt Shervey is responsible for all of the orchestrations in Sasquatch: The Musical. Matt began orchestrating the show for a full, 25 member orchestra in January 2013. He worked as the vocal director and pit conductor for the premiere performances of the show in April 2013 at Grove City Area High School.
Matt received his Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education and Percussion Performance from the University of Minnesota. He has spent the last five years teaching both instrumental and choral music at all age levels. Although his heart lies in public education, Matt is excited to pursue his Master of Music degree in Music Composition beginning this September.
Matt has sincerely enjoyed collaborating on Sasquatch: The Musical, and looks forward to being part of the development process in the years to come.
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