Thursday, March 31, 2005

Tuscon, Arizona, Gets Second Stab At ‘Cannibal: The Musical’

LOS ANGELES (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – A Tuscon, Arizona, woman is sinking her teeth into a musical about Colorado cannibal Alfred Packer that was too tough to swallow for a Tuscon high school.

A student theater group at Ironwood Ridge High School was set to perform the campy musical Cannibal: The Musical written in 1996 by Trey Parker, co-creator of South Park, but parents objected and the school administration banned the performance.

But the show will go on because one sympathetic school mom has underwritten the show, which will now debut April 15 on a private stage.

Jason McHugh, an original cast member who is now the producer and licensor of the musical, says he supported student director Zach Singer’s endeavor, but says, “he came to me, and I was completely miffed,” when the school canceled the show.

The performance will benefit the Matlou Ranch Foundation, which supports community services in Botswana, to which McHugh says he’s happy to see the show’s performance will benefit a community in another country.

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