My experiences writing, directing and producing Christian musicals for kids through adults.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Beam us up, Scotty!

Back in 2002, at the suggestion of a good friend of mine, we wrote a parody musical based on Star Trek. A group of us got together to discuss story lines and characters, situations and lines we had to include (such as Bones has to say, "I'm a doctor, not a ______"). Then I went to my lonely old PC, which my kids remind me was utterly devoid of games except for "line draw". It was so old, it was a monochrome screen! Well, Star Trek is an old show too.

The SciFi channel was running a series at the time in which they showed Star Trek episodes in their entirety. (Syndication markets always cut out extra bits for the added commercials.) In addition to showing them in their entirety, SciFi added commentary, from Leonard Nimoy, James Doohan . . . This time marked the transformation of my cute little 6-year-old Maggie into the Trekkie she is today.

We wrote a great musical, which we took on tour. It had great songs written by Randy, all the in-jokes and fun costumes and other stuff that makes a parody fun, a good tie-in spiritually, and a fight scene! The show is so beloved that when I've mentioned to people that I wanted to expand one of our older shows for the Summer Musical Theatre Workshop, many of them immediately suggested These Are the Voyages.

So, yesterday, after Maggie and I went to our old church to give them flyers for the summer workshop, we got a bonus: we got to search through the old costume bins for our old costumes. Modern Trekkie that she is, Maggie wore Sulu's old shirt to youth group last night. Aaron squeezed himself into Scotty's shirt. If we do put on Voyages, we're still going to have to sew some new costumes!

As for Yeoman Rand's wig. That is long gone. I'm going to have to create a new one.

1 comment:

  1. I remember watching Star Trek, and I DO wish I could have seen `These Are The Voyages`. I have heard many references to it...