Below is an e-mail from one of my best friends Cale that I wanted to share with everyone.Â Â Sad news indeed.Â I feel very fortunate that I was able to visit the attraction one time and hoped to go back when I go back to Vegas in fall of 09… guess that won’t be happening.- Canman
Â Â Â I’m sad to report that just over a week from today the Star Trek Experience at the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel & Casino will be closing its doors forever. The failure was not due to poor attendance, which while it had a lull a few years ago, had picked back up to levels nearly rivaling its opening in 1995. No, the culprit has been a failure by the Hilton Hotel & Cedar Point Entertainment (owner of Cedar Point amusement park in Sandusky, Ohio, famous for a Brady Bunch episode, and also Knott’s Berry Farm amusement park outside L.A.) to reach a lease renewal agreement. Despite the release next May of the 11th Star Trek movie in the franchise which promised to boost ticket sales even further, the decision to close has been finalized and the “final voyage” will be September 1st.Â
Â Â According to the Hilton, the space will remain vacant through New Year’s Eve with no concrete plans to date as to what will take its place. The rumor mill is speculating that it will be…Â Â Â wait for it…Â Â a Michael Jackson stage show (you may express your outraged gasps and expletives now). I however am betting (pun intended) that in an ever increasing economic downturn coupled with casinos which have surpassed their own surprising depths of greed that it will simply become even more gaming space (as was recently done to the beautiful Fountain Room cocktail lounge at the Bellagio with its gorgeous floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking its world-famous namesake which now go unappreciated).
Â Â I’ve had the privilege of seeing the attraction twice, both the Borg Invasion & the Klingon Encounter, as well as and eating at Quark’s Bar on numerous occasions (the food and beer, excuse me, “Romulan Ale”, were quite remarkable in fact) and even befriending a former “Star Fleet Officer” in my time here (although Heather, will tell you behind the scenes there was far more drama going on between the actors than you would ever see on-stage). The attraction will be missed by many, myself included. The Hilton reported receiving over 6,000 e-mails protesting the closure, and a stack of snail-mail that was “over 6 feet tall”. The “final voyage” on September 1st will feature many VIPs and celebrities and even 5 tickets will be auctioned off on eBay which are expected to fetch as much as $10K each.Â
Â Â But all may not be lost dear friends. Cedar Point concedes that in the wake of the announcement of the closure the outpouring of fans asking for the Experience to remain open has led Cedar Point to consider at least merely moving to a different location, though likely not in Las Vegas. So who knows, maybe just like a low-budget 60’s tv show, the Experience may yet be reborn again someday, somewhere else.
Live Long & Prosper My Friends,
Make sure you go check out Theatre Cedar Rapids Production of Gypsy this weekend.Â Â It opens tonight at McKinley Middle School!
For more information and to getÂ online ticketsÂ check outÂ their website http://www/theatrecr.org
Break a leg tonight cast!- Canman
Who:This production is co-produced by Dreamwell Theatre of Iowa City and City Circle Acting Company of Coralville.
What: All in a Day Theatre Festival
Where and When: Saturday, August 23, 2008 8:00pm at the United Action for Youth Center, 355 Iowa Avenue, Iowa City. If coming from outside Iowa City, Take I-80 to the Dubuque St. exit and go south to Iowa Ave. Turn left (east) on to Iowa Ave and it’s about a block down. This event was rescheduled due to the flooding.
Why and How Much: Proceeds from this event will be donated to flood relief. Tickets are $5 at the door.
How it works: On Friday, the night before the performance, six writers, six directors and a host of actors will come together to create six original plays in 24 hours. They will be presented at 8 pm Saturday night after a whirlwind of creative mayhem.
If you would like more information on this event and Dreamwell Theatre, please contact Brian Tanner at 319-321-5448 or visit http://www.dreamwell.com.
JIM MCDONOUGH’S HOLIDAY GRANDE 2008 AUDITION NOTICE:
Exciting plans are in progress for Jim McDonough’s “Holiday Grande 2008” to be performed on three weekends, from November 29 through December 14. For the past five years, we have been thrilling audiences with beautiful Christmas music, making this event a holiday tradition for thousands of families. This year is no exception, as we take this stage production to some of the most beautiful venues in Iowa, on our five city tour.
Allen Koepke, musical director, will be conducting our 15 piece orchestra, featuring “Iowa’s Own Pianist” and recording artist, Jim McDonough. The cast of musicians would not be complete without very talented singers and dancers, choreographed by Michelle Philgreen.
Auditions for young adult singers and dancers will take place at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church,
8300 C. Avenue NE (use the north entrance of the church) in Cedar Rapids on the following dates:
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 4:00-8:00 PM
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 6:30-9:30 PM
Please come to auditions in dance attire, and have a song ready to perform. Auditions will be scheduled by appointment, by calling 319-360-4892 (Cedar Rapids).
We are planning to employ eight or ten singer/dancers, with a high energy level, who will perform well in an ensemble. Costumes and staging will be very elegant. In the past, many of our performances have been sold out, as we have a large number of groups who travel from surrounding cities and states by motor coach. We are very pleased to present these concerts to benefit Camp Courageous of Iowa.
To schedule an appointment for an audition, or if you have any questions regarding the auditions and concert tour, please call 319-360-4892.
We’re looking forward to seeing you at the auditions!
Make sure you go see Theatre Cedar Rapid’s production of Gypsy.Â It opens this Friday night.
AugustÂ 22 – SeptemberÂ 7,Â 2008
7:30Â pm Thursday, Friday & Saturday
2:30Â pm Sunday
Performances at McKinley Middle School
Based on the true story of dancer Gypsy Rose Lee, thisÂ award-winning musical transports audiences backÂ to theÂ ’20s as “Everything’s Coming UpÂ Roses.”
Watch as a star isÂ born!
For more information and tickets please got to http://www.theatrecr.org
Auditions are coming soon for Lillian Hellman’s classic drama The Children’s Hour, directed by Leslie Charipar! Auditions for female youths who can play age 12-14 are Saturday, Aug. 23 at 1 p.m. Adult auditions are at 7 p.m. Sunday and Monday, Aug. 24 and 25. Auditions will take place at the Grant Wood House (formerly Cedar Memorial Grant Wood Chapel) at 800 2nd Ave. SE.Â Roles includeÂ 2 adult men,Â 5 adult women andÂ 7 girls ages 12-14.
In The Children’s Hour, the careers of two teachers are threatened after a student at their all-girl boarding school begins spreading rumors about them. The play contains adult content. It will be performed at the Grant Wood House Sept. 26-Oct. 5.
Scripts are available for 3-day checkout on a first-come first-serve basis at our box office in the Grant Wood House. For more information, call 366-8591.
MOvMNT Dance Company will be holding auditions for it’s 12 & Up Dance Company under the Artistic direction of Lovar Davis Kidd.
Come and be a part of this HOT Dance Company!
Sunday August 24th & September 7th, 2008.Â Â Auditions will be held at Art In Motion Dance Academy located at 123 Marion Blvd. in the Indian Creek Mall behind McDonalds.
Dancers must be trained in at least one of the following disciplines; Hip Hop, Tap, Break Dancing, Jazz, Modern, or Ballet. Must be at least 12 years of age or older by September 1st, 2008.
For more information contact:
Lovar Davis Kidd
MOvMNT Dance Company