Wednesday, July 12, 2017

"Day of the Dove" -- Beaming Down in Less Than Two Weeks!

We're hard at work making sure our seventh Outdoor Trek production is as good as it can be, and have some details for you on the opening acts!

Just like last year, all shows begin at 7pm, with pre-show at 6pm. Hot dogs will be available for purchase every evening. As always, children and families are welcome. We'll also have some scripts available at each show for the hearing impaired.

July 22 - Sarah Shay
July 23 - Strangely
July 30 - Vixy & Tony
August 5 - Marc Okrand
August 6 - Marc Okrand
August 13 - Aaron Shay

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Officers Commissioned

"Day of the Dove" has been cast! You'll see some people returning, some new faces, and some returning faces in new roles. Look for more info about the cast as we move forward with rehearsals!

Enterprise Crew

Kris 'Pepper' Hambrick as Kirk
Helen Parson as Spock
Merri Ann Osborn as McCoy
Helen Tang as Scott
Jenny Buehler as Chekov
Michael Bowers as Sulu
Ryan Scheunemann as Uhura 
Greg Beach as Johnson
Betsy Haddox as the Computer


Nathan Ureta as Kang
Anna Richardson as Mara
Jack Andrews as Klingon
Laurel Clark as Klingon
Umberto Lenzi as Klingon

Monday, March 13, 2017

Outdoor Trek 2017 Auditions: "Day of the Dove"

Hello Earth’s more-than-five-year mission is to excite and inspire audiences with our vibrant fusion of sci-fi and pop culture, to create strange new worlds and art that stimulates questions, to push beyond the boundaries of imagination with nontraditional casting and innovative stagecraft, and to boldly expand the frontiers of live theatrical experience.

Now in its seventh season, previous Star Trek episodes have been “The Naked Time," “This Side of Paradise,” "Devil in the Dark," "Mirror, Mirror," "Amok Time," and “Space Seed.” This year, we're presenting political thriller "Day of the Dove."

We need actors to fill all roles (except Kirk and Spock). We are committed to diverse and creative casting; we want the right person for the role, not the "right" race, gender, ethnicity, body type, or acting resume. All are welcome to apply. We are not looking for impersonation. We are looking for creative people who want to be part of the process both on and off stage.

When and Where:
Tuesday, March 28, 7-9pm, Studio I on the 4th floor of the Armory
Saturday, April 1, 5-7pm, Studio D on the 4th floor of the Armory

What: Auditions will consist of cold readings. Please be prepared to stay for the entire time; we may not need you for that long but we will be holding callbacks after hearing everyone. Auditions are also taking place on Saturday, April 1st, but you need attend only one session.
Performances will take place on four consecutive weekends at the end of July and beginning of August outside at Blanche Lavizzo Park.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Announcing--Five Year Mission has been extended!

Yes. We know that, last year, Kirk and Spock ruminated on the possibility that Hello Earth would take other forms. However, we've found a way to do that--and still bring you another episode this summer. What episode, you ask?

Space Seed!

Watch this space for more details, but the dates are set: Saturdays and Sundays from July 23-August 14. Please note: all performances this year will be at 7pm. There are no matinees, as audiences and crew alike prefer the shade.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Personal Log: Kris "Pepper" Hambrick (Kirk/Producer)

Kris 'Pepper' Hambrick is now the age Jim Kirk was when the five year mission ended, and she's delighted that she's been able to serve as captain this long. She swears she did not cast herself as Kirk, but she's pretty darned glad about it anyway. The only thing she has in common with William Shatner is that Spock gets all the attention, but who can blame anyone for that? She thanks everyone who's let her play in this sandbox. 

What cool things do you do in your life apart from Outdoor Trek?
I also like really old movies and going to the zoo and thinking every animal is the cutest. I live with a good cat, an evil cat, and the sweetest dog in the universe.

What history do you have with theatrical productions?
Anyway, here in Seattle I've played a surfer chick with MPD, Puck, the ghost of Christmas Future, and a few teenage boys. It's a niche, but at least there is one for people like me! Until I age out of it.
Fast forward to 2005, and Shatner's album "Has Been." Specifically the song, "It Hasn't Happened Yet." I fell in love. With this weird version of humanity as typified by Mr. Shatner. I decided I needed to understand him better, so I started watching ST: TOS. This is the sort of thing which, apparently, leads to forming theater companies. I can't really explain it. 

What cool things do you do in your life apart from Outdoor Trek?
I am more proud of Outdoor Trek than I am of almost anything I've ever done in my life. I have never had more evidence that I've touched people than as a producer of this show. While I do not believe this is the last episode we'll reinterpret, I am glad that this year, we're attacking a script that has a lot of juicy history for the show and fandom. And so far, the response to the relationship between Kirk and Spock makes me think that we're hitting the high points of what has always made this duo speak to people. Helen and I have been doing this longer than Shatner and Nimoy did during the original series, and I think that connection shows. As a Trekkian and as an actor, that means a lot to me.
I shoot lasers. I command the stars. Basically, I could take over the entire universe if we had the equipment. Actually I do planetarium shows at Pacific Science Center and am a sometime laser artist there and I think both of those things are pretty cool. Also I talk way too much about Star Trek and comics. (Obviously cool.) I don't actually have a life outside Outdoor Trek for about half the year because I'm producing/acting/costuming/etc so you should ask me this question in a few months and maybe I'll have something.
I've wanted to be an actor ever since about fifth grade. I'm not even sure why. When I was a kid, I put on shows for my parents based on Doctor Who or Sherlock Holmes. I was always the Doctor or Holmes. This basically makes everything else in my life make sense.
What history do you have with Star Trek?
I watched TNG, growing up. I was 8 when it came out, and I loved it. I wasn't able to get past the beginnings of the subsequent shows, and I have very distinct memories of seeing "A Piece of the Action" when I was 7 and wondering why people in the 60s were so stupid and easy to entertain. (I was a lot more serious, as a child. I also thought the Adam West Batman was dumb. Boy was I blind!)
What's one thing you think an extraterrestrial should know about humanity ?
That we're trying. Really hard. Also that we are diverse, and we've not yet learned how to deal with that, and so any judgments made should reflect the fact that we're not all the same. We may not be ready to accept you. But don't give up on us because of it. The future as envisioned by Roddenberry et al is not realistic. They showed us something to strive for, without having to explain how we'd get there. I think that's okay, because right now? I can't imagine living at any other time. We have tremendous problems to solve. And yet, I cannot think of anyone who'd be better off in a previous life. The world is rife with problems, but also with opportunity. We live in a world where minorities have it better than ever before. Our work is not done, nor will it ever be. What's beautiful is that so many people realize that, and keep working.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Personal Log: Julia Buck (T'Pring)

Julia grew up in New Jersey and came to Seattle by way of Los Angeles five years ago. She played McCoy in Outdoor Trek's 2011 production This Side of Paradise after seeing the group rehearse while she was in a production of Much Ado About Nothing. Julia can most frequently be found onstage at Valley Center Stage in North Bend; she continues her theatrical training with Aaron Levin. When not doing theater, she works at Expedia in their email marketing department.

What do you think of Outdoor Trek so far, and what are you looking forward to about the upcoming production?
I love Outdoor Trek-- it's been one of my favorite summer traditions in Seattle to be a part of, and I love the thought and care that go into re-imagining instead of just re-creating. I'm most looking forward to sharing a nuanced version of T'Pring. While her actions are not sympathetic, especially to an audience that knows and loves Spock, I see someone who has been placed in a difficult situation that will affect the course of her entire life and uses logic the means to emotional end goals, rather than a sadistic monster.

What cool things do you do in your life apart from Outdoor Trek?
I write in my spare time, but I've only recently started to think about sharing what I write. I have a play that I may be workshopping next year. I volunteer with Seal Sitters, part of the Marine Mammal Stranding Network, protecting marine mammals on shore and educating the public. I do ad-hoc volunteer work with a variety of other environmental groups. This February I did my second triathlon, and I want to do more than just one a year. I love to go to and support Seattle Opera, Seattle Art Museum, Pacific Science Center, and Seattle Aquarium. We're lucky to live in an area with so many cultural treasures. I'm married, and my husband recently acquired an antique wooden boat, so I'm learning about sailing and wooden boat upkeep.

What history do you have with theatrical productions?
I've been acting onstage since I was about nine years old. I stopped for a while after I graduated college, but that made me realize how much I missed what it brought to my life. I've done at least one show a year since moving to Seattle five years ago. 

What history do you have with Star Trek?
Not much! I've seen the movies. I try not to watch TOS episodes because I want to avoid influencing my own performance. 

What's one thing you think an extraterrestrial should know about humanity ?
Humanity is much more diverse than it seems at first blush, both in forms and abilities, and it seems that humanity itself is still awakening to that fact. 

Monday, July 20, 2015

Personal Log: Patrick Hogan (McCoy)

Patrick is an easygoing chap who enjoys French fries, hiking and world travel, in that order – sometimes even in combination!

What do you think of Outdoor Trek so far, and what are you looking forward to about the upcoming production?
Patrick’s life has not been the same since Outdoor Trek beamed into it!  He watched all of the Star Trek original series episodes including Amok Time over and over as a kid in the late sixties and early seventies.  To get to play Doctor McCoy and say some of his famous lines leaves Patrick over the moon (and Pluto.)

What cool things do you do in your life apart from Outdoor Trek?

Patrick says that the coolest thing he does is Playback Theater, an improvisational performance art in which audience members tell their stories and see them enacted on the spot, such that actors and audience and “teller” become one. 

Outside of the acting world, Patrick has visited a bucketful of amazing locations including the Taj Majal, Timbuktu, the Great Wall of China, the Eiffel Tower, Paddington Station, the Colosseum and zillions of special places in the USA like the Badlands, the Everglades, the Golden Gate and the Brooklyn Bridges, the Gateway Arch, Zion National Park, and Primanti Brother’s sandwich shops (with the French fries right on the sandwich.)  He can not recommend travel more strongly. 

What history do you have with theatrical productions?
Aside from Outdoor Trek, Patrick is involved with Threshold Ensemble, doing Playback Theater and he has performed in shows around town, recently bursting onto the stage night after night as one of the Proteans in Driftwood Players’ production of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and starring as Frank Foster in Redwood Theatre’s hilarious, farcical How the Other Half Loves.

What history do you have with Star Trek?
This is Patrick’s first encounter with the magic of Outdoor Trek.

What's one thing you think an extraterrestrial should know about humanity ?
We should not be judged too harshly or too soon!