Star Trek meets Shakespeare in spring musical

DSC_2996The SCCC/ATS spring musical “Return to the Forbidden Planet” entertained audiences April 23, 24, and 25, 2015, in the Showcase Theatre with a mixture of Shakespeare and classic rock ’n’ roll.

“Put Shakespeare and Star Trek together and you could not go wrong,” Director Gloria Goodwin said, adding that the cast and crew for the show went above and beyond.

“These are all people who are extraordinarily busy, and they’ve devoted all this time and talent — and then they do more. It makes my heart swell,” she said.

The rollicking starship musical, loosely based on Shakespeare’s “The Tempest,” featured Michael Ask of Guymon as Mad Scientist Doctor Prospero. Sherelle Shuck played his daughter Miranda, and the stranded duo, living on the uncharted Planet D’Illyria, welcomed a lost crew with the drama unfolding in typical Shakespearean fashion. Crew members included J.J. Widener as Captain Tempest, Stephanie Drymalski as the Science Officer, Cedric Mitchell as Ariel the robotic being, Luis Munoz as Cookie, Jessica Malin as Bosun Arras, Chris Ramirez as the Ensign, and Amira Coleman as the Navigation Officer. Other cast included Sindy Human, Olivia Hamilton, Seth Plummer, Jessica Bickerstaff, and Alyssa Fisher.

With a score that features rock-and-roll hits of the ‘50s and ‘60s, the pit band featured a unique mix of musicians. Director Dr. Magda Silva conducted Alisa Henderson on piano, Scott Henderson on saxophone, Diana Askew and Alek Love on guitar, Bill Anton on bass guitar and Brent Howie on percussion.

Even if you missed the musical, you can still check out the musical trailer produced in B-movie style on campus by SCCC/ATS at vimeo.com/jayicastor/forbiddenplanet.

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