Belle Gunness, the Murder Musical
Belle Gunness
A public, developmental reading of a new musical, 'Belle Gunness', was held on Sunday April 22 at Canterbury (Mainstreet) Theatre in Michigan City.

The musical, 'Belle Gunness, the Murder Musical', is loosely based on the last weeks of the infamous La Porte murderess and her murder farm, with music, book and lyrics by Dan Schaaf.

Readers included Susie Richter as Belle, Patrick Bannon as Ray, Sandy Young as Jennifer, Mayre Williams as Liz.

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Short Musical Samples:
Music from...
What's a Woman To Do?
Act One, Prelude
Christmas Past
Oops! Oops! Then He Was Dead!
Push On To Amerikay

Schaaf's Music 2000/2018
2018: Ralph Kipniss's Wonderful World of Puppetry ~
Video production, original music and sound design. Valparaiso University.
2018: Sacred Sands Walking Tour ~ Original score and sound production.
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.
2018: WINGS at MCPL ~ Original score.
2017: Dunes Summer Theater ~ Sound Design and original music for various productions.
2016: Music for Sacred Sands and Poems About Indiana Dunes
2016: Music for Silent Film Fest at the Nest
2016: Aelita in La Porte ~ The Queen Meets Her Subjects
2015: Short Videos at the Michigan City Video Fest
2015: Aelita at The Acorn ~ The Queen among the Featherbones
2013: Seven Day Wonder ~ Postcards from the South Shore
2011: Aelita at Links ~ The Queen Speaks...
2009: Parades, Ribbons & Streets ~ Dispatches from the past...
2008: New Musical Comedy Sparkle! starring Jeff Schmidt
2007: New Musical Comedy Ee Gads!
2007: Score for Lion In Winter, 4th Street Theater
2006: Score for Of Mice and Men, 4th Street Theater
2005: Score for 4th Street Theater Production of Laramie Project
2005: Music, Lyrics & Libretto for A Dream of Kings
2004: Silent Film Movie Musical Aelita, Queen of Mars
2004: 4th Street Theater production of Down the Road
2003: Original music for The Hobbit, Dunes Arts Foundation Summer Theater.
2002: MACBETH! the Rock Opera, 4th Street Theater, Chesterton, IN.
2002: Score for Don Varda's feature film, Best For Last
2002: Body Chime at the The AVA Project - Troy, NY.
2002: Original Score for Harry Petrakis' Love Stories, 4th Street Theater, Chesterton IN.
2002: Original Score for silent film classic The Man With The Movie Camera
Vickers Theatre, Three Oaks, MI.
2001: A most delicious Pop Opera, Roxann's Kiss
2001: Original Score for silent film classic Wings, Vickers Theatre, Three Oak, MI.
2000: Original music for Aladdin, Dunes Arts Foundation Summer Theater.
2000: Original Score for Fritz Lang's Metropolis, Vickers Theatre, Three Oak, MI.