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Trek in the Park

Sunday, July 25, 2010
Today I had the privilege of seeing "Trek in the Park", a wonderful live-action re-enactment of the Star Trek Original Series episode Space Seed - the episode off which Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan was built.

In this live performance, the acting was great, the sound effects were perfect, and the experience was deeply satisfying. The actors did an excellent job of delivering the lines with a wink and a smile, nodding toward an enthusiastic audience. And they managed to all of this while performing it all in 90-degree heat. Thankfully, we were in the shade - which only happened because we claimed a spot two hours before the performance started.

Star Trek in the Park; I wish I had a better photo

I was worried about being able to hear them, but the small amphitheater we were in was perfect for this performance. As the actors excellently portrayed Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Scotty, Kahn, and Lieutenant McGivers, they projected well and were easy to hear. The set, minimalist as it was, was perfect for allowing us to see the action. There was plenty of space to watch the away team beam aboard the Botany Bay (everyone freeze while we change the set and make the sound effect), to watch Kahn romance McGivers ("such men dare take what they want") , and to watch Kirk fight Kahn (with the patented interlocked-fist-hulk-smash)!

Aside from the enactment, of course, the other great part of this experience was the wonderful people who were there. Game designers, former co-workers, and Star Trek nerds; these were my people. The jokes were those I find funny, the references were the ones I get... the company made the experience that much better.

I loved it this year. I'll definitely be back; it looks like they're doing Mirror, Mirror next year!


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