Lufkin TX. The public is invited to both Angelina Arts Alliance Schooltime performances of The Intergalactic Nemesis: Target Earth at the Temple Theater on the Angelina College campus on Thursday, March 3, at 9 am and 11 am. The sci-fi styled, family friendly, budget friendly performances offer tickets at $2 for adults and $1 for children. The 2015-16 Schooltime Series is underwritten by funds generously provided by T.L.L. Temple Foundation, with additional sponsorship support from The Heart Institute of East Texas, Mary K. & Clifford Grum, and Goodwin-Lasiter-Strong.
“Intergalactic Nemesis” creator Jason Neulander didn’t set out to create a new medium 20 years ago when he collaborated on an obscure sci-fi radio play performed in a coffeehouse where his friend worked, but that is what eventually happened. Sporadic performances over the years for small audiences helped the play’s cult status grow, but when Neulander was invited to bring the production to a 2,400-seat theater, its largest audience ever, it just didn’t feel right, he said. He came up with an idea: project comic book art onto screens to create a hybrid radio play/comic book experience. Hence, the world’s first “live graphic novel” was born.
Three actors voice dozens of characters in the campy, old-school adventure story. Audiences will see and hear the craft that goes into the production. One person creates all of the sound effects live, blowing through a toy whistle and shaking a box of macaroni and cheese to conjure a speeding train, for example. A pianist creates a score described as orchestral, and the many comic book panels that illustrate the story require thousands of hand-triggered projection cues. The audience adds to the production as well, cheering for the good guys and booing the villains, taking on the form of a classic melodrama, and proving this retro radio serial graphic extravaganza is fun for all.
For more information visit the Temple Theater Box Office on the Angelina College Lufkin campus, weekdays 11 am – 5 pm or call (936) 633-5454, or go online at www.angelinaarts.org . Details and video clips from the entire season are on the Arts Alliance website. Follow Angelina Arts Alliance on Facebook for late-breaking news, photos, videos and ticket giveaways.