‘Cannibal’ sells out

Sharida Rejon, Photographer

The Empty Space just concluded their run of “Cannibal! The Musical,” a comedy musical written by Trey Parker, one of the creators of “South Park.”

The musical, which was based on the real case of Alferd Packer, the first person to ever be convicted of murder by cannibalism in America, tells the story of six travelers who set off from Utah to Colorado looking for gold, and how the journey went awry after five of the six men were left dead and partially eaten.

The show was filled with upbeat music with comedic lyrics and, according to Taylor Lozano, the show’s director, intentional bad dancing.

According to Adam Matthew Fernandez, who portrayed Frank Miller, an angry butcher who “just wanted everyone to shut up,” the show was deliberately performed in a “cartoony” way. Fernandez, who has acted for 17 years and has attended the prestigious AMDA Conservatory of the Performing Arts in Los Angeles, said that as serious and dramatic actor, being big and ridiculous and still being funny was a challenge.

However, the cast’s reward came when they got the reaction they hoped for from the audience. “One of the greatest feelings in the world is when you successfully tell a joke and everyone is laughing at you,” said Austin Still, who played James Humphrey, one of the leading roles. “I know it sounds weird, but I love it when people laugh at me. I love theater, it has always been around me.”

Fernandez also commented on his connection with theater. “It means everything to me. If I couldn’t do it, I don’t know what I would do. It’s the reason I get up every day,” said Fernandez.

The run for “Cannibal! The Musical” at The Empty Space was successful, according to Still, an experienced community actor. “We had an amazing turnout. Opening weekend was the biggest weekend I have ever had in all the years I’ve been doing theater. We had sold out audiences,” said Still.

“Cannibal! The Musical” played at The Empty Space every weekend from Oct. 11-Oct. 26