Published On: Mon, Sep 2nd, 2013

Local Actors To Perform Star Trek!

Story last updated on September 8th, 2013 at 7:47 pm.

This Saturday, get ready to boldly go… to a theatrical performance of Star Trek! A local theatrical group called Trek Theater will be performing an episode from the popular Star Trek: The Next Generation series at 5:30 pm in Sladden Park.

Members of the Trek Theater crew take a pose

Members of the Trek Theater crew. Photo credit: Johanna Laemle, Alight Photography.

Erin Brains, a spokesperson for the group, told Lane Today that Trek Theater has rewritten the episode to make it work on the stage. Performers will be in full costume, and the performance will also make use of sound and some basic sets.

Trek Theater members share a love of Star Trek and a commitment to performance. “We have been rehearsing for months now and have had a lot of fun taking the different main characters and making them our own,” Erin said. The group has even attracted a few local sponsors.

The idea came, as so many great ideas do, over a bottle of wine. Erin and a friend were inspired by the success of Portland-based Trek in the Park, and wanted to try something similar. The product of the Atomic Arts theater company, for five years Trek in the Park brought episodes from the original series to the stage. Rather than simply copy Trek in the Park, however, Erin and her friend Christopher opted to perform episodes from The Next Generation series, and so Trek Theater was born.

The Next Generation (TNG) was a logical choice for source material: not only did Erin and Christopher grow up with it, but Erin’s neighbor David Bischoff actually wrote a few of the episodes. Erin herself will be playing Deanna Troi, the ship’s counselor. Troi is one of her favorite characters, though she also spoke highly of Patrick Stewart’s star role as Captain Jean-Luc Picard.

The show has certainly made many devoted fans, and Erin counts herself among them. “My favorite episodes were the ones that Q came to visit,” Erin said, referring to the god-like entity from the Q Continuum who sporadically antagonized the crew of the Enterprise over the course of the series. “He was a lot of fun.”

So whether you’re an ardent Trekker/Trekkie or you simply enjoy a good performance, be sure to catch Trek Theater at Sladden, this Saturday at 5:30!


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