The Sasquatch. The Yetti. Bigfoot. Whatever you call it, it’s real, it's alive and it's coming soon to the Maple Grove Town Green.
“Sasquatched! The Muscial” is a play about "Arthur," a singing sasquatch that gets lost in the woods.
Actor Dylan Olmsted plays the role of Arthur. He grew a big, bushy beard for the role and says that playing the part has its own set of challenges.
“I keep, whenever I'm eating, getting my mustache in my mouth. I'd rather that didn't happen, but for the character, it looks better,” Olmsted said.
In the story, which is a musical comedy, he meets a host of characters on his journey.
“The premise is Bigfoot is real, but he's a lot different than you think he is– he's actually a rather dignified, reserved figure, and it's the humans who are kind of the wild and crazy ones,” said playwright and co-director Phil Darg, of Maple Grove.
“There's a TV crew that's trying to investigate the mystery of Bigfoot," Darg says. "We have a little boy who's lost in the woods, and his overprotective parents who lose him.”
The play features original music and choreography.
“I'm sort of hoping that I'm going to start a dance craze called the ‘Bigfoot’ because there's a signature move I've used a couple of times, in a couple different numbers,” said choreographer Jim Lichtscheidl.
The play won entrance to the prestigious New York Musical Theatre festival, where it debuted last year. This is the first time it will be seen by Minnesota audiences.
The play will be performed July 6 through July 8 at the Town Green in Maple Grove. The performances are free and open to the public.
Carissa Wyant, 12 Newscwyant@twelve.tv
July 3, 2014