If you want to bring some honor to your holiday season and you live near the Twin Cities, then this coming week you can check out "A Christmas Carol", in the original Klingon. And the same troupe will be filming a special feature in Klingon for an upcoming Star Trek DVD. Also for fans in New York, the Start Trekkin improv group are performing two shows this upcoming week.
A Klingon Christmas Carol in St. Paul
On December 13th, for the second year in a row, the St. Paul, MN theater group Commedia Beauregard is performing "A Klingon Christmas Carol." The official press release states. The theater company usually do performances translated into English, and this is the first work translated from English (although some would say that this is being done in the original Klingon). The translation was done by the company along with the help of members of the local Klingon fan club, the IKV Rakehall.
The adaption of the Dickens’s classic takes into account Klingon culture. Commedia Beauregard Artistic Director Christopher O. Kidder explains in the press release:
Klingons wouldn’t care if Scrooge wasn’t charitable and nice. The spirits that visit Scrooge are all trying to help him become an honorable and courageous
The performance takes place at the Wellstone Center in St. Paul on Saturday December 13th at 7:00 PM. Tickets and more information at the official site.
SQuja, the Klingon Scrooge, played by Michael Ooms (Pioneer Press)
Klingon troupe to do Shakespeare for new DVD extras
As reported previously by TrekMovie and Digital Bits (but still not officially confirmed), Paramount is currently working on new versions of the TOS era movies for Blu-ray special edition releases in 2008 and these new versions will include new special features. Today The Pioneer Press in MN is reporting that Paramount is headed to the Twin Cities to film Commedia Beauregard perform two scenes from Shakespeare’s Hamlet, in Klingon for the new Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country special edition. This is obviously due to the famous dinner scene when Chancellor Gorkon proclaims "You have not experienced Shakespeare until you have read him in the original Klingon." According to Kidder the two scenes will be the "taH pagh, taHbe’ (to be or not to be) speech, along with ‘the gravedigger scene (which includes the ‘Alas, poor Yorick’ speech’). On the second scene Kidders adds "they wanted that, because they wanted to use a Klingon skull."
No official word on when the new DVD sets will be released (or even official acknowledgement that they exist), but it is likely to be timed closely to the release of the new Star Trek movie.
Chang likes his Hamlet in the ‘original’ Klingon
Trek Improv Group shows in New York
The Start Trekkin Improv Group in New York have three shows this month. The first was last night, but they have two more Star Trek comedy shows lined up for this week. They will be performing on December 11th (at 7:30 PM) and December 12th (at 9:30 PM) at Chashama (675 3rd Ave). The official site describes the show thusly (and so very humbly):
Start Trekkin is in fact the greatest comedy experience
you will ever have. Each episode is a fully improvised
explosion of the Universe created by Star Trek. A new
crew and a new ship explore the universe every time,
taking on the single most exciting problems sentient life
has ever encountered. This is a full hour-length
narrative created before your very eyes and based on
Start Trekkin’ improv group
More info about Star Trekkin at the official site.
Here is a fun video interview with the group, explaining the show.