Patrick George and Laura Clements rehearse for the Canebrake Players’ production of “Return to the Forbidden Planet.”
Patrick George and Laura Clements rehearse for the Canebrake Players’ production of “Return to the Forbidden Planet.”

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‘Return to the Forbidden Planet’ Canebrake rehearsals underway

Published 4:41pm Friday, July 12, 2013

The Canebrake Players will travel to space next month for their production of “Return to the Forbidden Planet.”

The Canebrake Players put on the musical Friday, Aug. 16, Saturday, Aug. 17, and Monday, Aug. 19 at 7 p.m. There will also be a matinee on Sunday, Aug. 18 at 2 p.m.

“Return to the Forbidden Planet,” written by Bob Carlton, is very loosely based on the 1956 film “Forbidden Planet,” which is a sci-fi version of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest.

This high-spirited, campy show is full of great songs from the 50s and 60s including “Wipe Out,” “Born to Be Wild, and “Great Balls of Fire.”

Laurie Willingham is directing the musical, and Frank Calloway is serving as the production’s musical director. The show features actors and actresses ages 20 and up.

“Several of our cast members are seasoned, but this show is featuring some of our brand new members,” said Willingham. “Our cast members aren’t just from Demopolis. Some of them come from Livingston and Linden, and a few of our musicians are from as far as Butler.”

Characters and cast members include:

•Captain Tempest, James Robinson

•Cookie, James Burden

•Miranda, Andi Turberville

•Science Officer/Gloria, Laura Clements

•Prospero, Patrick George

•Aerial, Donna Bishop

•Bosun, Katherine Oakes

•Navigation Officer No. 1, Kelley Mullins

•Navigation Officer No. 2, Bethany Fields

•Navigation Officer No. 3, Susanna Naisbett

•Navigation Officer No. 4, Jennifer Roemen

•Ensign No. 1, Waverly Brace

•Ensign No. 2, Chrissy Brooker

•Ensign No. 3, Christy George

•Ensign No. 4, Deborah Truelove

•Newscaster, Johnny Johnston

•Newscaster, Cyd Boland

•Flight Attendant, Donna Hovan

•Flight Attendant, Kim Townsend

The cost of the show is $10 for adults, $7 for children and free for infants and toddlers.

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