‘Boldly Go!’ Where No Musical Has Gone Before

It’s musical theater for science wonks and Star Trek fans of all ages. Who knew Cal Tech even had a theater department?

A musical of both substance and comedy, Boldly Go! follows the intrepid crew of the Starship Enterprise, along with some new characters, on an exciting and hilarious adventure. Assumptions will be confronted, paradigms challenged, alliances tested, and new contacts made – whether for good or ill as yet to be seen. And it’s all set to a side-splitting tour de force of musical mayhem! While having fun with the sometimes farcical aspects of science fiction and parodying Star Trek, this new show, written by brothers Cole Remmen and Caltech theoretical physics graduate student Grant Remmen, also satirizes the musical theater genre.

At its core, Boldly Go! is a story about being true to oneself and one’s convictions, about friendship and love, about discovery and wonder, about the triumph of the individual over adversity, and about the joy of sharing with each other this vast and mysterious Universe.

The production is the brainchild of two brothers. Grant Remmen is studying theoretical physics at Caltech, while his brother Cole Remmen is a theater major at the University of Minnesota. Shortly after J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek: Into Darkness premiered, light bulbs appeared above their heads. The brothers wondered what it would happen if they combined their love of musical theater with the science fiction show.

They pieced together the musical — 19 songs in all — over a year and a half. They held table reads and auditions, and it became clear to them that they were in the right place and the right time to really go with it. It makes its theatrical debut today at CalTech.

“Boldy Go!” runs from Feb. 26 to Feb. 28 and then from March 3-5. Tickets cost $18 for the general public, $5 for Caltech students and $9 for staff and faculty members. For more information, go totacit.caltech.edu.

  • Showtimes: Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 2:30 p.m.; March 3, 7:30 p.m.; March 4, 7:30 p.m.; March 5, 2:30 p.m.
  • Location: Theater Arts at Caltech (TACIT), 275 S Hill Avenue, Pasadena
  • Tickets: $18 for the general public, $5 for Caltech students and $9 for staff and faculty members
  • Information: 626-395-3295, tacit.caltech.edu

Cast

Kirk – Kelvin Bates
Spock – Cole Remmen
McCoy – Allen Corcorran
Takya – Holly Bender
Kharthak – Peter Lommen
Uhura – Tiffany Kim
Scotty – Jake Mattinson
Sulu – Michael Wong
Chekov – David Coren
Voghos – Dave Seal
Chapel – Cierina Marks
Carol – Erika Carlson
Maltof – Marie Blatnik
Durthog – Larissa Charnsangavej
Tagroth – Bernhard Schulz
Barnett – Brian Brophy and guests
Shrelan – Kabir Mohammed
Klingon Chancellor – David Hodge
Redshirt Chorus 1 – Giulia Pellegrino
Redshirt Chorus 2 – Elise Cutts
Redshirt Chorus 3 – Lydia Kivrak
Redshirt Chorus 4 – Penelope Chan
Redshirt Chorus 5 – Anise Rav
Enterprise Crew – Olivia Hindera
Enterprise Crew – Clara MacFarland
Enterprise Crew – Tong Cheunchitra

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