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The Intergalactic Nemesis is a Hatfield Hall Theatrical Experience to be Seen and Heard
March 22, 2012
"What evil lurks in the hearts of men...?"
No, it's not The Shadow, The Lone Ranger or Flash Gordon, but
the special Intergalactic Nemesis theatrical experience coming to
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology's Hatfield Hall Theater on
Tuesday, March 27, harkens back to all of them. It is an
uproarious and nostalgic look back at the glory days of radio
plays, but with a twist.
Performing Arts Series
"The Intergalactic Nemesis"
March 27 - 7:30
Hatfield Hall Theater
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
5500 Wabash Ave., Terre Haute, IN
Ticket Information: $15 for adults, and $10
non-RHIT students and youths. Purchase
by calling the Hatfield Hall ticket office at
(812) 877-8544 or visiting between 10 a.m. and
5 p.m. on weekdays and noon to 5 p.m. on
Saturday. Tickets will also be available at
door on Tuesday night.
First, there's the tour-de-force voice work of a three-member
cast and the live sound effects performed before the audience's
eyes. Then, there's the live musical score on piano and
organ. Finally, there's the visual spectacle of over 1,250
hand-drawn, full-color comic book images blown up to two stories
high and projected on a screen the size of the proscenium.
The Intergalactic Nemesis is family-friendly show that brings a
spectacular close to Rose-Hulman's Performing Arts Series.
Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. show are $15 for adults and $10 for
non-RHIT students and youths. Tickets can be purchased by
calling the Hatfield Hall ticket office at (812) 877-8544 or
visiting the office from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays or noon to 5
p.m. on Saturday. Tickets will also be available at the door
on Tuesday night.
The show's premise is simple: a period adventure story (with no
small share of laughs) featuring Pulitzer-winning reporter Molly
Sloan, her intrepid assistant Timmy Mendez, and a mysterious
librarian named Ben Wilcott. The trio faces the most serious
threat Earth has ever known: an impending invasion of sludge
monsters from the planet Zygon.
The telling of the story is what makes the experience of The
Intergalactic Nemesis so incredibly unique. While three
actors, one Foley artist and one keyboardist perform all the
voices, sound effects and music, the blow-your-mind comic-book
images blast from the screen -- all performed live.
"In 20 years of directing and producing plays, I've never seen
an audience respond so positively," says project creator Jason
Neulander about the Texas-based production which made its debut in
2010. "Life can be hard, and I feel like right now, in the
times we are in, it really can't hurt to have an opportunity for a
couple of hours - for people from 7 to 70 and older - to go in the
theater and escape from their daily lives and go on a pure,
The Intergalactic Nemesis tells a fantastic tale that is long on
imagination, sense of wonder and nifty gadgets. What makes
the performance successful is its ability to blend acting, sound
and artwork without ever making one feel more important that the
others. At times, the visual images take lead storytelling
duties. Then, there are times when the actors or the sound
effects carry the weight. Watching how each aspect influences the
other is a show within a show.
Finally, the story, set in 1933, is so much fun. It is
stuffed full of epic Indiana Jones-style action that talks to the
inner child-like geek a lot of people nurture.