In the world of theme park fandom, there are literally thousands of Instagrammers, YouTubers and bloggers. While there is some great content to be had on the web, there isn’t a lot of diversification out there. I’m thrilled when someone takes a swing and tries something completely different. Finally, a new type of content for theme park fans has arrived. Theme Park Fan The Musical debuts February 6th on YouTube!
Nick Hutson is the brains behind “Theme Park Fan: The Musical”. In a recent interview, he explains that had it not been for the pandemic and subsequent lockdowns. Over the years, Hutson has composed theme park scores and soundtracks for Alton Towers, Thorpe Park and Chessington World of Adventures.
“Having the time and access to people who are working from home was a tremendous help. Otherwise, this project probably wouldn’t have happened,” Hutson explained.
The musical follows the story of a theme park fan named Jamie. He’s new to the enthusiast community and wants to become famous. While the musical is still centered around theme parks, it’s also a coming of age story about finding yourself amongst a group of like-minded friends who share a common interest.
What is great about “Theme Park Fan: The Musical” is that there are cameos from all sorts of people within the theme park fan community and beyond. Which makes sense as many British theme park fans often descend on Blackpool Pleasure Beach during the same weekend as the musical’s debut.
This is a way of bringing them digitally together since they can’t be at the park due to the pandemic. Another cool thing about this? They are raising money for charity. Here’s a shocking statistic I learned while talking to Hutson. The leading cause of death amongst men under 45 years old in the UK is suicide.
“Theme Park Fan: The Musical” is raising money to help a charity called CALM which provides a free hotline, prevention and even bereavement support. Disney Legend and songwriter Alan Menken has already donated to the cause on behalf of this musical and you can too by following this link!
You can find the show on Nick Hutson’s YouTube channel beginning February 6. The link can be found here!
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