Rock’n’roll Shakespeare with robots and ray guns

Tyler Hudson (left), Reba Clamp, and Andrew Troth are setting phasers to “fun” for Chameleon Theatre’s campy jukebox musical, “Return to the Forbidden Planet.” (Photo submitted)

Chameleon Theatre presents ‘Return to the Forbidden Planet’ in Burnsville

Think of Chameleon Theatre Circle’s latest production as Shakespeare in outer space with a rock’n’roll soundtrack.

“Return to the Forbidden Planet” is a space opera take on Shakespeare’s “The Tempest,” with songs by the Beach Boys, Jerry Lee Lewis and the Animals.

Robots and lasers? Check.

Great Balls of Fire? Bingo.

The campy “jukebox musical” directed by Bradley Donaldson runs Dec. 7-16 in the Burnsville Performing Arts Center’s Black Box Theatre.

It comes complete with a cast of characters that are sci-fi homages to the musical’s Shakespearean source material – Dr. Prospero (played by Mark Hahn) and Captain Tempest (Andrew Troth) among them.

According to the show’s producers, “sensitive audience members” should note that the musical “contains suggestive humor, aliens and a number of very bad puns.”

Tickets for “Return to the Forbidden Planet” are $20 for adults, $17 students/seniors, and are available through Ticketmaster (800-982-2787 or and in person at the arts center’s box office, 12600 Nicollet Ave.

A discussion with the cast and crew will follow the performance on Dec. 10; ASL interpretation will accompany “Return to the Forbidden Planet” on Dec. 14, and audio description will be provided at the Dec. 9 show.

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