This year Creation Entertainment’s big August convention has a new name, but they are still rounding up a wide array of Star Trek talent from the classic shows and the new shows, all converging in Las Vegas Nevada starting on August 11.
Stars align for STLV 2021
After Star Trek Las Vegas skipped 2020 for obvious reasons, Creation Entertainment returns to the Rio Suites Hotel from August 11-15 with an event now being called the 55-Year Mission Tour Las Vegas, celebrating the 55th anniversary of the Star Trek franchise. This year also marks the 50th anniversary of Creation Entertainment running in-person conventions and they are expecting over 15,000 Star Trek fans in attendance to help celebrate the milestone.
Celebrity headliners include classic Star Trek’s William Shatner, George Takei, Nichelle Nichols, and Walter Koenig; Sonequa Martin-Green and Anthony Rapp from Star Trek: Discovery; The Next Generation’s (and now Picard’s) Brent Spiner; Deep Space Nine’s Terry Farrell and Nana Visitor, Voyager’s (and now Picard’s) Jeri Ryan; and in his first Trek con appearance, six-time Emmy Award-winner Kelsey Grammer (Captain Morgan Bateson from Star Trek: The Next Generation).
There are also dozens of more stars and guest stars from The Original Series, The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager, Enterprise, Discovery, and Picard. Along with guest stars from Star Trek movies. A number of behind-the-scenes Star Trek vets are also lined up, including Ronald D. Moore and Ronald B. Moore, Jeff Russo, Brannon Braga, Mike and Denise Okuda, and many more. The full guest list can be found at creationent.com.
Special tributes and celebration of science
The 55-Year Mission con will feature a number of special tributes:
- A tribute is planned for superstar William Shatner (legendary Captain Kirk) for his milestone 90th birthday. Featured will be a video tribute to his amazing career, narrated by the man himself, as he shares some of his favorite memories! Creation will also be sharing his convention highlights throughout the years.
- Gene Roddenberry’s 100th birthday will be given a special tribute as we celebrate and honor the life and career of the legendary creator of Star Trek.
- The late Leonard Nimoy, who would have turned 90 this year, will be honored with a special fine art photography exhibit as well as video footage of his convention appearance highlights.
And there are several unique science panels by leading industry expert Dr. Mohamed Noor, Dean of Natural Sciences at Duke University and science consultant for Star Trek which will focus on how real-life science equates with the Star Trek universe. Dr. David Williams, a renowned planetary geologist with Arizona State University and consultant of many NASA planetary missions, will discuss the exploration of our solar system and its many diverse planets, moons and asteroids and as well as the past and future exploration of Saturn’s largest moon.
The 55-Year Mission includes special nighttime programming, including the Saturday Night Gala Celebration with the Nevada Pops Orchestra. This special night features Maestro Richard McGee and a 45-piece orchestra who will honor Gene Roddenberry’s 100th birthday and his legacy and impact. Special guest conductors will be Dennis McCarthy and Jeff Russo. Anthony Rapp and Isa Briones will perform with the orchestra. The concert will take place Saturday, August 14 at 9:30 p.m. (a separate ticket of $75 is required for general admission).
If you want to get married in Las Vegas-style with a little Star Trek you can say “I do” on The Original Series bridge or The Next Generation’s 10 Forward replicas. Wedding packages start at $1500 (include ceremony and photo session at location) and can accommodate up to 50 guests.
For cosplayers, Saturday offers the costume competition with celebrity judges, special on-stage costume panels, the annual costume parade throughout the convention, and a number of cosplayer meet-ups are all scheduled. Garak’s Tailor and Repair will be returning to handle any emergency costume repairs for free throughout the weekend.
In addition, there will be more behind-the-scenes presentations, costume and trivia contests, no-minimum bid auctions of unique collectibles and one-of-a-kind items, and special fan-made music videos. The exhibit hall will boast major companies and distributors selling and displaying sci-fi collectibles from across the universe.
Tickets available now
General admission tickets are available in advance (www.creationent.com) or at the door and start at $65 for a single day. Show hours are Wednesday and Thursday, 10:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Saturday, 8:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (times are tentative). Note that each celebrity has their own schedule of days they will be there, so check out the guest page to make sure you don’t miss your favorites.
TrekMovie will be there
Most of the TrekMovie team is headed to STLV 2021. We will be reporting on all the big news here on the site along with regular updates on our social media. Our All Access Star Trek and Shuttle Pod podcasts will also have special coverage of the event.
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