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The Intergalactic Nemesis is a Hatfield Hall Theatrical Experience to be Seen and Heard

March 22, 2012

"What evil lurks in the hearts of men...?"

No, it's not The Shadow, The Lone Ranger or Flash Gordon, but the special Intergalactic Nemesis theatrical experience coming to Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology's Hatfield Hall Theater on Tuesday, March 27, harkens back to all of them.  It is an uproarious and nostalgic look back at the glory days of radio plays, but with a twist.

      Intergalactic Nemesis

    Performing Arts Series
"The Intergalactic Nemesis"

March 27 - 7:30 p.m.

Hatfield Hall Theater
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
5500 Wabash Ave., Terre Haute, IN

  Ticket Information: $15 for adults, and $10 for 
  non-RHIT students and youths.  Purchase tickets 
  by calling the Hatfield Hall ticket office at 
  (812) 877-8544 or visiting between 10 a.m. and 
  5 p.m. on weekdays and noon to 5 p.m. on 
  Saturday. Tickets will also be available at the 
  door on Tuesday night.

First, there's the tour-de-force voice work of a three-member cast and the live sound effects performed before the audience's eyes.  Then, there's the live musical score on piano and organ.  Finally, there's the visual spectacle of over 1,250 hand-drawn, full-color comic book images blown up to two stories high and projected on a screen the size of the proscenium.

The Intergalactic Nemesis is family-friendly show that brings a spectacular close to Rose-Hulman's Performing Arts Series.  Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. show are $15 for adults and $10 for non-RHIT students and youths.  Tickets can be purchased by calling the Hatfield Hall ticket office at (812) 877-8544 or visiting the office from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays or noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday.  Tickets will also be available at the door on Tuesday night.

The show's premise is simple: a period adventure story (with no small share of laughs) featuring Pulitzer-winning reporter Molly Sloan, her intrepid assistant Timmy Mendez, and a mysterious librarian named Ben Wilcott.  The trio faces the most serious threat Earth has ever known: an impending invasion of sludge monsters from the planet Zygon.

The telling of the story is what makes the experience of The Intergalactic Nemesis so incredibly unique.  While three actors, one Foley artist and one keyboardist perform all the voices, sound effects and music, the blow-your-mind comic-book images blast from the screen -- all performed live.

"In 20 years of directing and producing plays, I've never seen an audience respond so positively," says project creator Jason Neulander about the Texas-based production which made its debut in 2010.  "Life can be hard, and I feel like right now, in the times we are in, it really can't hurt to have an opportunity for a couple of hours - for people from 7 to 70 and older - to go in the theater and escape from their daily lives and go on a pure, unadulterated adventure."

The Intergalactic Nemesis tells a fantastic tale that is long on imagination, sense of wonder and nifty gadgets.  What makes the performance successful is its ability to blend acting, sound and artwork without ever making one feel more important that the others.  At times, the visual images take lead storytelling duties.  Then, there are times when the actors or the sound effects carry the weight. Watching how each aspect influences the other is a show within a show.

Finally, the story, set in 1933, is so much fun.  It is stuffed full of epic Indiana Jones-style action that talks to the inner child-like geek a lot of people nurture.