Radio theater

Turn up the radio, Scotty! – Times-Herald

Vallejoans has enough worries. But a Romulan camouflage device and a Vulcan death grip? And after? Klingons move in and ruin property values?

In fact, this is the latest “radio theater” production presented by the Mira Cultural Community Center, with director and Star Trek enthusiast Cristina Arriola offering “The Incident of the Company” on Saturdays and Sundays back to back. from this weekend.

Arriola’s brought together a handful of actors for the radio crew’s 17th production in four years, directed by Luke Winders, Dianna Maynard, Zack Bender and the husband-wife team of Glenda and Scott Hanes.

“One (actor) really likes Star Trek,” Arriola said of the cast. “And we are categorically against it.”

Arriola? Do not ask. She actually bought the script used for “The Enterprise Incident” at a Star Trek convention 10 years ago and thought, “I’ll do it someday.”

“Those days”, apparently, have arrived. And exhibited in the lobby of the Bay Terrace Theater? All of Arriola’s Star Trek memorabilia.

“Everything I own will be on display,” she said, recalling that she was “a little girl” in elementary school when she was sucked into the Star Trek vortex in 1966.

Arriola remembered building her own version of the Enterprise from a crate of fruit in her backyard.

The late Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry “tickled my little mind” in the sci-fi world, said Arriola, meeting Shatner at the convention and, later, the late “Mr. Spock,” Leonard Nimoy, in an airport.

“They were adorable,” said Arriola, delighted that she could direct “The Enterprise Incident”.

“I’m not auditioning,” she said of the cast. “Whoever wants to do it. It is reading. If you can’t read, go back to school.

In fact, the director continued, “I prefer non-actors” for the radio plays.

“The actors come in and it’s already in their heads where they think I’m going,” said Arriola. “I prefer to work with someone who just wants to eat and is good readers. You don’t need to memorize a script, so that commitment is gone.

Arriola said that a big plus for this production is Scott Meyer, a regular at Mira, “a man of many voices”, who manages the sound effect of the transporter.

The director is obviously excited about this production, especially the interaction between the cast and the audience when there’s a Star Trek theme to sing about. And, yes, that famous TV song has words. Not good, but there are words, says Arriola.

“Roddenberry was not a songwriter,” she said.

After a first rehearsal reading, each actor puts “character” behind their voice, Arriola said. Then they have to integrate the sound effects into the production.

“They don’t really get a chance to work with sound effects until a few days before our performance and it’s really more of a rehearsal for me,” said Arriola, juggling “live sound effects with a Capricious iPad “.

After four seasons, this radio game concept that includes the presentation of 1940s-style commercials “is finally catching on,” said Arriola, comfortable with 25-35 patrons in the 49-seat venue.

“You don’t want to suffocate people,” she said.

The Mira Community Cultural Center presents “The Enterprise Incident,” October 14-15 and 21-22, Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2:00 p.m., 51 Daniels Ave., Vallejo. $ 25 cabaret, $ 12 general, $ 10 members / seniors. For more information, call (415) 328-4833.


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