The official Star Trek Las Vegas Convention kicks off in exactly five weeks and 2018 is looking to be another great year for the annual pilgrimage for Trek fans. Creation Entertainment just announced more guests for the con, bringing to current total up to 109 celebrities. This year the con, held between Wednesday August 1st and Sunday August 5th, will be celebrating Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’s 25th anniversary, but will also feature stars, panels and events from all aspects of Trek, including Discovery and the new movies.
Celebrating Deep Space Nine’s 25th.
This week Creation announced Armin Shimerman, Rene Auberjonois and Nana Visitor will be attending. They join the previously announced Deep Space Nine main cast members Terry Farrell, Cirroc Lofton, Colm Meaney, Michael Dorn and Nicole De Boer. There are also a number of DS9 recurring guest stars attending, including Max Grodenchik, Chase Masterson, Casey Biggs, Robert O’Reilly, JG Hertzler, Aron Eisenberg, Jeffrey Combs, Camille Saviola, James Darren, Andrew Robinson, and Marc Alaimo. Also on hand will be DS9 writer/producers Ira Steven Behr and Ron D. Moore.
A full schedule is still weeks away, but Creation are promising a series of panels for Deep Space Nine. One panel that has been revealed aready will feature legendary makeup artist Michael Westmore transform actor Casey Biggs into his Cardassian DS9 character Damar. There will also be a screening of the classic episode “Far Beyond The Stars” which will be followed by a discussion with writer Marc Zicree, along with executive producers Ira Steven Behr and Ron Moore, along with a number of the actors.
Disco in Vegas
The convention will be taking place while production continues on the second season of Star Trek: Discovery and a number of performers from the series have already been announced to be attending, many of which will be making their first STLV appearances. Discovery stars attending STLV 2018 include Jason Isaacs, Mary Chieffo, Wilson Cruz, James Frain, Ken Mitchell, Emily Coutts, Rainn Wilson, Jayne Brook, Sarah Mitich, Oyin Oladejo, and Sam Vartolomeos.
Also on hand will be composer Jeff Russo. And Star Trek: The Next Generation’s Jonathan Frakes will be in Vegas and as he is directing two episodes for Discovery’s second season, he may have some secrets to share as well. It is likely there will additional actors and behind the scenes people from Discovery appearing. Last year CBS held 3 special Discovery panels at STLV, so more could be announced as the convention gets closer.
More captains, stars and Trek vets
2018 will also feature many celebrities from The Original Series, Next Generation, Voyager, and Enterprise. Series captains William Shatner and Kate Mulgrew will be on hand, as well as over a dozen main castmembers from those shows.
There are also many notable Trek guest stars who will be on hand including Jonn de Lancie, Famke Jannson, Clint Howard and Joe Piscopo, who will also be headlining a comedy and music show each night as part of the special Gold and Captain’s Chair level parties. Behind the camera luminaries attending this year include Brannon Braga, Doug Drexler, Mike and Denise Okuda, Herman Zimmerman, Ronald D. Moore.
Live concert featuring Michael Giacchino and Jeff Russo, plus more music
On Saturday there will be a special live concert with the Nevada Pops Orchestra, which will feature two Star Trek composers as guest conductors. Star Trek movies composer Michael Giacchino will lead the orchestra for his Star Trek Into Darkness, and Beyond Suite. And composer Jeff Russo will conduct the orchestra for the world premiere live performance of his score for Star Trek: Discovery. Tickets for the event are included in Copper, Gold, and Captain’s Chair packages and can be purchased separately for $50 for others.
In addition to the concert there will be a performance by the Trek stars band Rat Pack on Sunday night. The band is comprised of max Grodenchik, Casey Biggs, Jeffrey Combs and Vaughn Armstrong. And keeping things going during each day on stage with be Gary Graham and his band Sons of Kirk. And if you fancy yourself a singer, there is the Karaoke Party on Wednesday night, hosted by JG Hertzler and Robert O’Reilly.
Tickets and rooms still available
Tickets for the Gold weekly package are sold out, however there are still Captain’s Chair ($869) and Copper ($469) packages available, each which includes reserved seating, as well as entertainment and other special perks. There are also five-day general admission ($305) and single day general reserved seating ($65-$75) tickets available.
And of course there are many autograph and photograph opportunities with various prices starting at $20 and up to $100. Some of the photo ops include actors in costume and makeup. There are also some special group photo ops (priced from $100-$199), such as “The Outrageous Okona” reunion of Brent Spiner and Joe Piscopo.
The annual Star Trek convention is held at the Rio All- Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas Nevada. The hotel features a full casino, which also includes some Star Trek gaming, so you might want to read up on how to win at slots before your visit. The Rio also features lots of restaurants and entertainment options. There are still rooms available for discounted convention rates.
For more information and to buy tickets and reserve autographs and photo ops, visit creationent.com.
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