Return To The Forbidden Planet


Return To The Forbidden Planet
by
Bob Carlton

Directed by
Robert Campbell

Musical Director
Howard Meltzer

Scenic Designer
Adriana Pevec Brown

Costume Designer
Edna M. Immel

Stage Manager
Samantha E. Huckabee

Choreographer
Bradley Dean Whyte

Lighting Designer
Chuck Otto

Technical Director
Bill Mulberger

Apprentice Coordinator
Elizabeth A. Mugridge

*ABOUT THE PLAY*

Recipe for a musical: First, take one large helping of the 1954 sci-fi flick, Forbidden Planet, starring Leslie Nielson back when he was playing the type of hero he now mocks for a living. A spaceship crashes-or is it lured?-to the planet home of a mad scientist plagued by a mysterious beast.

Next, distill from that the basics of the plot of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest: A mysteriously powerful father, Prospero; a sheltered but oh-so-eager-to-learn beauty of a daughter, Miranda; handsome shipwrecked sailors oh-so-eager-to-teach; a good monster, Ariel; and a bad one, Caliban; jealousy, betrayal, romance.

Season lightly with Freudian theory-the Id, which are the untamed impulses that our Super Ego controls.

Throw in a healthy mix of rock and roll classics, the ones that are fun and easy to sing, particularly, Gloria (which is why in this show Prospero has a wife) . . .

Stir, mix well, lace with iambic pentameter and lots of jokes about being on a ship (thrown in for the original audience of this show–citizens of the UK, who know about boats) and there you have it: Return to the Forbidden Planet, sometimes known as Shakespeare’s Forgotten Rock and Roll Musical.

Sit back, fasten your seatbelt, and enjoy Interplanetary Scientific Survey Nine. And don’t forget the drill-You never know when you may have to reverse polarity.

Pamela Monk

 Performed   August 14-17, 20-24, 2002

*THE CAST*

Bosun William…………………. Daniel Daup
Captain Tempest………………. Kael Janson Weis
Science Officer…………………. Martha Traverse
Alien Queen……………………. Jocelyn Hepp
Navigational Officer…………… Nicole Schmidt
Cookie…………………………….Justin Pifer
Prospero …………………………Michael Martin
Ariel……………………………….James c. Hall
Miranda………………………….. Alexa Krepps
Ship’s Crew…………………….. Abigail Beddall, Nora DeGeorge,     ……………………………………..Matthew Evans, Dennis M. Kalup,        …………………………………….Katie Murray
Aliens from the Id ……………..Jillian Merriwether-deVries,             ……………………………………..Ashlyn Sakona