Creation Entertainment—who run the annual official Star Trek Las Vegas Convention—have announced their first virtual event featuring Star Trek celebrities. TrekMovie spoke to Creation to get more details on their new event and future plans for both virtual and in-person conventions.
Have a “virtual experience” with the Voyager boys this weekend
A couple of weeks ago Creation Entertainment launched “Virtual Experiences,” a series of celebrity panels streamed online. They have done about half a dozen so far and this weekend’s event will be their first with Star Trek stars. The Q&A panel with Star Trek: Voyager‘s Robert Duncan McNeill and Garrett Wang will be held this Saturday, May 2nd from 10:00 – 11:00 AM PDT. The panels use Zoom software and are streamed via the online live event platform StageIt.
The Creation Virtual Experiences don’t have on-screen moderators, so the focus is on the panelists answering questions submitted using the live chat feature. These panels are also purely live events, and will not be available to stream once the event ends.
Pricing for tickets to participate in the Virtual Experience is “pay what you can,” with the minimum being 1 “StageIt Note” (or 10 cents). To buy tickets you have to first purchase 50 StageIt Notes (for $5.00) which can be used to buy tickets to any StageIt event and can also be used to send “tips” during the event. The fan who tips the most during the event wins a 5-minute 1-on-1 video meeting with Robert and Garrett, plus a Creation Swag Bag valued at $100.
To buy tickets for the McNeill and Wang Virtual Experience, go to StageIt.com.
Limited virtual meetup with McNeill and Wang next week
If you are looking for a more intimate online experience, Creation is also holding a special limited meet-and-greet with Robert Duncan McNeill and Garrett Wang on Wednesday, May 6th at 3:00 pm PST. This online event will be limited to 10 participants for more of a VIP experience. Tickets are being auctioned, with the starting bid at $50, and the top ten bidders will win. You can place a bid at the Creation Live Auction site.
More Creation virtual Star Trek events to come
Creation’s VP of Talent and Production Stephanie Dizon tells TrekMovie that the new Virtual Experiences have been going very well, popular for both fans and the celebrities. They are currently working on lining up more events for the summer, including virtual panels with more Star Trek celebrities. Creation is also looking into more ways to enhance the con experience with these virtual events, including offering to sell autographs. These virtual events may continue to be part of Creation’s event offerings even after large in-person conventions resume.
STLV 2020 still a go, but Creation set to follow health recommendations
The coronavirus quarantine that started in March has put a halt to large in-person gatherings. All of Creation’s conventions through May have been postponed. As of now, Creation has a number of cons still on their schedule for this summer, including the Star Trek Las Vegas convention set to be held at the Rio Hotel August 5th through to the 9th. The Star Trek celebrity guest list is approaching 100, including the cast of Star Trek: Voyager who are celebrating their 25th anniversary.
According to Dizon, Creation is working with national and local health officials and will follow all recommendations with regards to holding Star Trek Las Vegas as planned, postponing for later in the year, or canceling entirely. “We will do whatever is best for the safety of our guests and our actors and our staff,” Dizon tells TrekMovie.
Tickets for the event are on sale. Gold packages have sold out. Captain’s Chair, Copper, and General Admission packages are available currently. If the event ends up being postponed, Creation will offer refunds to those that cannot attend the new date. If the event goes forward in August, Dizon says they will “do the right thing” in terms of refunds for any fans who cancel due to concerns over COVID-19.
For more information visit creation.com.
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