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All singing, all dancing, all flesh eating
In an Australian amateur theatre premiere, Briggs & Heaysman Theatre Co. are thrilled to present the all singing, all dancing, all flesh eating Cannibal! The Musical to Adelaide audiences this December. Written by the creator of South Park and raising the curtain to the 2017 arrival of The Book of Mormon in Melbourne, Cannibal! The Musical celebrates the beginning of Trey Parkers' tongue in cheek works, before the hilariously misfortunate and politically incorrect success of Parkers' hit shows.
Cannibal! The Musical is based on the true story of the only person convicted of cannibalism in America - Alferd Packer (yes - Alferd). The sole survivor of an ill-fated trip to the Colorado Territory in search of gold, Packer tells his side of the harrowing tale to news reporter Polly Pry as he awaits his execution. Amongst a classic tale, in search of riches and love, he and his companions lose their way and when the taste for gold turns to flesh, unthinkable horrors occur and of course, toe-tapping songs!
Alferd Packer on his disastrously humorous adventure
Way back before South Park, director Trey Parker was a student of music. He was studying at the prestigious Berklee School of Music before transferring to Colorado University at Boulder to study film. It was there in Colorado that he both met Matt Stone and learnt the gruesome love-come-horror story of Alferd Packer and his twisted brainchild of a musical was born. First produced as a mock 3-minute trailer for class, overwhelming feedback for an 'actual' movie and funds raised from the trailer prompted Parker to make his first feature-length film. When the film was officially picked up by Troma in 1996, they realized that few people outside of Colorado had ever heard of Alferd Packer, so they re-released it under the name, Cannibal! The Musical.
The stage adaptation of Cannibal! The Musical has been a regular hit since 1996 with Best of Toronto citing it as "Unafraid to poke fun of itself, and with many pop culture references, Cannibal! The Musical is a delicious treat for everyone". As audiences have come to expect from Parker they go on to note that "The songs are great, the choreography enthusiastic and fun, and even miscues – like a laughing corpse – add to the meta energy of the play... In a word, Trey Parker's Cannibal! The Musical is distasteful. Deliciously so".
Bringing the lights up on Cannibal! The Musical in Adelaide, producer/directors Matthew Briggs and Josh Heaysman have brought together creative production team of assistant director Natalie Hockley and Tim Naulty as musical director. On what interested him most about directing this show, Matthew Briggs says "(it) was the level of freedom given to the creative team to adapt the movie for the stage. Theatre companies are generously permitted to alter this show while maintaining the artistic integrity of Trey Parker. Therefore, our creative team was able to stamp their creative mark on his work, which I find is artistically satisfying! As the director, I was able to create the cartoon-like characters that so often flashed through my mind".
Leading the cast on stage, John Telford plays Alferd Packer with Kelsey McCormack as news reporter Polly Pry. Additional cast includes;
Shannon Wilson Bell: Ali Bertoldi Frank Miller: Lindsay Nash James Humphrey: Nicholas Miotti Israel Swan: Jacob Cooke-Tilley Georgia Noon: Remy Low Frenchy Cabazon: Carolina Fioravanti O.D. Loutzenheiser: Hannah Garton
Preston Nutter: Asha Perry
Lianne: Sonia Bestecki
Chief: Charlie Ragas
Ute Indian: Avril Kelly
Mr Mills: Alex Manfredi
Sheriff: Matthew Banning
Cyclops: Joseph Nicholls
Briggs is looking forward to bringing the show to Adelaide audiences and notes that "for those that know and love the movie, they can expect to see a reinterpretation; adapted for the stage, with gender-swapped roles for certain characters, limbs and organs handmade by our make-up team, Anna Pal and Bec Troisi, and stage magic that will blow your mind! For those that don't know the movie, but love the work of Trey Parker, they can expect to hear the common voices of characters heard on South Park! And for those that don't know the work of Trey Parker, they can expect to taste his comedy for the first time!"
Cannibal! The Musical will be performed at the Star Theatres (Theatre Two – The Chapel), 145 Sir Donald Bradman Drive, Hilton, Adelaide, and runs for a strictly limited season of five shows...
Thursday the 1st of December 2016 at 7:30pm
Friday the 2nd of December 2016 at 7:30pm
Saturday the 3rd of December 2016 at 2:00pm
Saturday the 3rd of December 2016 at 7:30pm
Sunday the 4th of December 2016 at 2:00pm