I love the Victorian era historic and fantasy events, movies, Civil War Reenactments, etc. but I have to admit that when I heard about a Steampunk play at one of the local colleges, I would have let it slide thinking it just wouldn’t translate. Odd to say this, but, fortunately I had a 103 degree fever on Friday and scrapped my weekend plans.
Friday evening my seamstress IMed me and suggested I attend. She had assisted with some of the costuming and she knows I love good costumes.
So after 40+ hours of hot soup and not being more than 20 feet from my bed I woke up Sunday afternoon and went to the most amazing play I have seen in years.
It is inspired by Jules Verne’s Propeller Island and other inspirational literature. In effect the playwright, Randy Wyatt, went to a steampunk smorgasbord and had a little of everything.
Dr. Munbar, played by Jason DeJager, is the driving force behind creating Clockwork Island to be a Utopian Scientific society and, not the typical Mad Scientist of the era. While being quite effective in his scientific knowledge and technical applications, he is sorely naive socially.
The French Quartet are invited to join the society to bring art to the scientific society.
The show plays out like a Rube Goldberg device with each revelation bouncing on to trigger the next.
The show bounces along from piracy, to a vampire hunter, to a mysteriously powerful gem, to, well, a bit of everything.
Various clockwork devices abound from the clockwork elephant and servants to the island itself.
After an all out battle royale, the show gently coasts to a close with a bittersweet kiss.
The costumes were beautiful and the stage itself is a piece of art. After the show Mr. Wyatt permitted me to take a stroll on the deck of the Clockwork Island and experience its craftsmanship first hand.
As I sat down to write about this wonderful play I was wanting to go through and mention some of my favorite characters and why I liked them in particular but the truth is that from the actors playing the clockwork “Sentients” on up, the entire cast was impeccable.
Sadly, today was the last show and they were taking down the stage as I was leaving but I hope this won’t be the end and that someone will pick it up and run with it so many, many others can enjoy it just as I did.
In the meantime, check out the photo gallery from today’s show.