Past Projects – Musical Theatre

Looking sharp in the Chip Butcher Quartet

Matt’s has a long history with, and a deep love for, the stage. This shortened list of successes and accomplishments will attest to that. Matt has worked at all levels of musical theatre from Musical director to rehearsal pianist and continues to contribute heavily to the Musical Theatre community. 

Musical Director

Matt has worked  with both youth and professional and professional performers. Have successfully musical directed and been the rehearsal pianist / accompanist for the following productions:

  • Smackdown, The 24 Hour Musical Contest: (2018) Winner of Outstanding Musical
  • How Sound Secondary School: Seussical (2018)
  • Geekenders: How I Met My Mother; A Back to the Future Parody Musical (2017)
  • North Shore Light Opera Society: The Gondoliers (2014)
  • Famous Artists Limited: Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen (2013 and 2015)
  • Carson Graham Secondary School: Aladdin (2014), Mamma Mia (2012), Chicago (2011)
  • Rockridge Secondary School: Pippin (2014)
  • Balmoral Jr Secondary School: Bye Bye Birdie (2010)
  • Studio 58: The 13th Chair (2011)
  • Wide Eyed Productions: Gutenberg! The Musical! (2010)

Here is a promotional video for The Gondoliers – See if you can spot Matt at the keyboards.

Improv Pianist

Matt has been recognized as one of the best in the in the improv business. He is consistently able to rise to the challenge of  the fast paced, innovative improv piano work demanded by professional improvisers. Allan Marriott, artistic director of Adlibreto, has called Matt the best in Vancouver if not in Canada and Ken Lawson of Vancouver Theatre Sports has described Matt as “basically a genius”.

  • Edinburgh Fringe Festival (2017); Will Shakespeare’s Improv Musical,
  • Ad Libretto: Musical Theatre Improv, Shakespearian Musical Improv, Friday Night Live
  • Chip Butcher Quartet: Improvising “Jazz Standards”
  • Granville Island Improv Centre: Musical Improvisation
  • Bard on the Beach: Will Shakespeare’s Improv Musical

Orchestra Musical Theatre

A common site in the Vancouver Musical Theatre scene is to look onto the pit and see Matt at his keyboards. It takes a team of highly talented musicians to play a musical and Matt is right at home playing piano, keyboard, and/or synthesizer. Matt’s Musical Theatre credits to date include:

  • Align Entertainmen: The Addams Family (2015), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (2016), Joseph (2016/17), Legally Blonde (2018)

    In studio working on an original cast recording.
  • Exit 22: The Drowsy Chaperone (2014), The Secret Garden (2015), The Rocky Horror Show (2015), Cabaret (2016)
  • Theatre Under the Stars: Bye Bye Birdie (2011), Titanic, A New Musical (2012), How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (2013), Hairspray (2015)
  • Royal City Musical Theatre: Hello, Dolly! (2012)
  • Uncle Randy Productions: High School Musical (2007 and 2008)
  • Barkerville Historic Town: ‘Theatre Royal’ Summer Performances (2016)



Accompanying and arranging music for community choirs in contemporary and world music styles:

  • byoV Community Choir: Choir Director – Mary Yan/Steve Munshaw/Amy Stevens     (2011-Current)
  •  Lynn Valley Light (Young Adult Choir): Choir Director – Blair Odney (2012-2013)

Musical Theatre Rehearsal Pianist

Reliable, flexible and adaptable rehearsal pianist. Experienced working with youth and seasoned professionals for the following productions:

  • Theatre Under the Stars: How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying (2013)
  • Footlight Theatre Company: Vaudeville Varieties (2011 and 2012)
  • Carson Graham Secondary School: Les Miserables (2009), Cats (2010)
  • Balmoral Jr Secondary School: Grease (2006),Chicago (2007), Little Shop of Horrors (2007)

Piano Instructor

Working with Elementary School youth, developed a fun, interactive teaching style which engaged the students while helping them develop musical skills (2012 – Current)

Relaxing after the run of Mrs. Clauses Kitchen which Matt orchestrated and Musical Directed.