About 3 years ago a group of theatre professionals teamed up with a Star Trek fan club to create "A Klingon Christmas Carol". It's a terrific play that was the first ever full-length play to be produced in the Klingon Language (tlhIngan Hol). We've put it on three times in Minnesota. It's been wildly successful beyond anything we could've imagined.
We get a lot of feedback every year we do the show, and the comment we get most often from people all over the place is "I wish you were closer to where I live". So... the idea was kicked around to take the show more places.
We want to take it to Chicago in 2010. The MN production will remain in place, so that means creating a completely new production of the show for the Windy City.
What does it take to put up a production of "A Klingon Christmas Carol"? Well... let us take you through the process...
In about June we start casting the show. It requires 13-16 professional actors. In September we have a read-through of the script (in English). By that time we have had a Klingon expert record all of the lines in the show so that a CD can be made for the actors to assist them in learning their lines. This is also the point at which we give the cast a couple of language lessons in Klingon.
The next big step comes in early October. We start to rehearse the show, mold prosthetic foreheads for the cast, start construction on the costumes and the puppet that will play "Tiny Tim" (tImHom in Klingon). We rehearse for six weeks. Along the process we add the fight scenes and learn to use the teleprompters (if someone forgets a line in Klingon, it is nearly impossible to improvise), and we pull it all together just in time to put the show up on Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving). We do 16 performances over 4 weekends.
Why do we need the money? Well, while we have done this show in Minnesota before, it's a whole new ballgame to do it in multiple locations. The fact is, we have to build new costumes, prostheses and train new actors from scratch. In MN we have all that stuff already. In Chicago, we have to rent rehearsal space (something we don't pay for in MN) and a theater performance space. Producing a live show in theatre often costs more than a small budget independent film. A lot of work and effort goes into the production and a lot of people put in their share for the love of it, but the costs are still pretty hefty.
Oh, yeah! We'll be teaming with a new co-producer for the Chicago show, also... The IKV Emperor's Hand of the Klingon Assault Group. It's a Klingon fan club. We partner with a local branch of KAG to enhance the fan involvement in the show. We could not have even thought about doing the MN production of the show, nor the translation of the script, without the help and guidance of the IKV RakeHell (the MN KAG ship).
So... Some links that might interest you:
Please check out the video on here, too.
We really would love to bring the show to Chicago. Help us bring about this Klingon Invasion!
If you have any questions about the show, the language, or anything else, feel free to send a note to us ... firstname.lastname@example.org
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