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LC presents “Cannibal! The Musical” 



Laredo College is bringing a stage performance of “Cannibal! The Musical” at the Guadalupe and Lilia Martinez Fine Arts Center Theater from Thursday, Oct. 24 through Saturday, Oct. 26 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 27 at 3 p.m. Admission is $10.


This independent black comedy features Alferd Packer, a mountain guide, and sole survivor of a group of pioneers that got lost during a winter expedition. He is accused and convicted of cannibalizing his West-traveling party.


The musical begins at Packer’s trial where he pleads his innocence to an indifferent audience and to Polly Pry, a reporter who follows his story. As the music and singing begin, the story takes you to the 1800s, with scenes filled with flashbacks, comedy and horror.


The production is the brainchild of South Park co-creator Trey Parker along with frequent collaborator Matt Stone. Parker is an American actor, animator, writer, producer, director and composer. He is recognized for South Park and co-developing the Tony Award-winning musical “The Book of Mormon.”


In 1992, Parker, Stone, Jason McHugh and Ian Hardin founded a production company named the Avenging Conscience. The quartet created a three-minute trailer for a fictional film titled “Alferd Packer: The Musical.”


The idea for the musical emerged from an obsession Parker had with Packer, a real nineteenth-century prospector accused of cannibalism. During this time, Parker had become engaged to his long-time girlfriend, but their relationship fell apart shortly before production on the trailer had begun. He funneled his frustrations with her into the project, naming Packer’s horse after her.


The group raised $125,000 from family and friends to begin shooting the film. Parker was the film’s star, director and co-producer. “Alferd Packer: The Musical” premiered in October 1993. The acclaimed film was later renamed to “Cannibal! The Musical.”


The Laredo College Visual and Performing Arts Department has been preparing for several months to bring this popular musical to the community featuring local actors, singers and producers.


For more information, contact the Fine Arts Center at (956) 721-5334.