Cannibal romp pulls in $11,000 to help museum

Alferd packed ‘em in at The Avalon Theatre over the weekend.

“Cannibal! The Musical,” staged as a fundraiser for the Museum of Western Colorado, took in about $11,000 for its two-night run, said David Bailey, curator of history for the museum.

The musical by Trey Parker tells the story of the Colorado Cannibal, Alferd Packer, who led a band of gold miners bound for Breckenridge into the San Juan Mountains in 1872 and emerged alone and well-fed months later.

He said he survived on the flesh of the miners who were murdered by one of their own and that he shot the murderer in self-defense.

It was staged on Friday and Saturday by The Lost Theatre Troupe, a group of veterans of the Cabaret Dinner Theater, with support from Grand Junction Subaru.

Bailey said he hoped the museum will clear about $8,500 for the event.


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