THROW YOUR HANDS UP: Not quite a rock concert, but audience participation is key to one scene in "Forbidden Planet."
THROW YOUR HANDS UP: Not quite a rock concert, but audience participation is key to one scene in "Return to Forbidden Planet."

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Canebrake Players take off for ‘Forbidden Planet’

Published 10:58pm Saturday, August 17, 2013

The Canebrake Players have two more productions left of their summer musical, “Return to the Forbidden Planet.”

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

Miranda (Andi Turberville) and her dad Dr. Prospero (Patrick George).
Miranda (Andi Turberville) and her dad Dr. Prospero (Patrick George).

The first two productions were put on Friday and Saturday night. The remaining two shows will be Sunday, Aug. 18 at 2 p.m. and Monday, Aug. 19 at 7 p.m. at the Old School on Main.

This high-spirited, campy show is full of great songs from the 50s and 60s including “Great Balls of Fire,” “Shake, Rattle and Roll,” “Johnny B. Goode.”

James Burden rocks out as Cookie the cook.
James Burden rocks out as Cookie the cook.

Laurie Willingham is directing the musical, and Frank Calloway is serving as the production’s musical director.  The cost of the show is $10 for adults, $7 for children and free for infants and toddlers.

Science Officer (Laura Clements) has words with Captain Tempest (James Robinson).
Science Officer (Laura Clements) has words with Captain Tempest (James Robinson).

Characters and cast members include:

•Captain Tempest, James Robinson

•Miranda, Andi Turberville

•Cookie, James Burden

•Science Officer/Gloria, Laura Clements

•Dr. Prospero, Patrick George

•Ariel, 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, Christi George

•Flight Attendant No. 1, Donna Hoven

•Flight Attendant No. 2, Kim Townsend

•Newscaster, Johnny Johnston

•Newscaster, Cyd Boland

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