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Screen Shot 2018-02-06 at 11.48.12 AMLA GRANDE — Here is a question for Star Trek fans to ponder: What would it be like if the crews led by captains James T. Kirk and Jean-Luc Picard were on the same starship together?

People attending the 15th annual dinner theater at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church this weekend will have an opportunity to see one possible scenario. The dinner theater, “A Tale of Two Star Treks — Boldly Go Where No Dinner Theater Has Gone Before,” will feature the Fourth Street Players portraying members of the crews of Kirk and Picard while aboard a starship. Kirk was the first fictitious Star Trek captain on television and in movies. Picard was also a Star Trek starship captain many years later.

The show will include live music and special effects.

“It (the music and special effects) will add to the fun for a show that is out of this world,” said Zee Koza, the director of the dinner theater production and the author of its script.

The 18-member Fourth Street Players cast Koza is directing is composed of members of Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church, the First Presbyterian Church and the Church of the Nazarene.

The lead characters of “A Tale of Two Star Treks” will include Garry Bottger, of Elgin, who will play Kirk, a character made famous by William Shatner. Tony Carman, of La Grande, will portray Picard, a role made famous by Patrick Stewart.

What allows the crews from different time periods to meet?

“Admiral Dano (played by Dan Pokorney) will conduct a very impressive merger of the space/time continuum to enable both Captain James T. Kirk and Captain Jean-Luc Picard and their crew members to be present for the event,” Koza said.

Koza has written and directed 14 of the 15 OLV dinner theaters. She said she said she was inspired to create the “A Tale of Two Star Treks” production by her son Tony Carman and Dr. Matt Allen, both members of Our Lady of the Valley parish. Allen’s wife, Nancy Allen, designed the set and costumes for this year’s production. Nancy has done design work for many of the past dinner theater productions.

Elements Allen helped design for this year’s show include the authentic-looking Star Trek
uniforms worn by cast members.

Koza said this has been the most challenging of the dinner theater productions she has directed.

“It has been more technical because of the special effects,” Koza said.

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