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Community Theater in Rancho Santa Fe offers family fun with new show

(L-R) “Dr. Manikin and the Cybernetic Imaginarium” actors Guy Freeborn and Zane Adlam. Photo/Wolfgang Bluhm
(L-R) “Dr. Manikin and the Cybernetic Imaginarium” actors Guy Freeborn and Zane Adlam. Photo/Wolfgang Bluhm

Coming to the stage of the Village Church Community Theater is an entertaining show for all ages. “Dr. Manikin and the Cybernetic Imaginarium” will be presented on Friday, May 3, at 7 p.m., Saturday, May 4, at 2 and 4 p.m., and Sunday, May 5, at 2 p.m.  Refreshments will be available and ice cream floats will be included in the ticket price of $2 per person or $5 for a family with children. The Village Church Community Theater is located at 6225 Paseo Delicias in Rancho Santa Fe.

Dr. Manikin, played by Rancho Santa Fe resident Guy Freeborn, is an imaginative doctor of computer engineering and advanced robotics. Zane Adlam plays his curious lab assistant, Alex, who takes the audience on a wild ride from Mother Goose, to Shakespeare, which come out of the Cybernetic Imaginarium, a computer that makes stories come to life.  Unfortunately, Dr. Manikin never got around to working out the bugs so when Alex, who is supposed to clean up the lab, tries to run the machine, chaos occurs.  The remote doesn’t have a “stop” on it and as the stage fills with storybook characters all getting mixed up in their tales, the only solution may be to pull the power cord.

Not only does Alex try to put “The Complete Mother Goose and Other Children’s Stories,” and “The Collected Works of William Shakespeare” in the Cybernetic Imaginarium, but when they don’t work he tries adding “101 Popular Songs from Broadway to the Beetles” and “The Gritty City – Hardboiled Stories of Crime” into the computer as well. Everything from “The Three Little Wolves”   to Hamlet addressing “The Wicked Pig of the West” and musical spoofs, including songs from “South Pacific,” “Oklahoma”  and “The Wizard of Oz” come spinning out of the computer played by the mixed up characters.

Additional cast in multiple roles are: Talia Adlam, Sholeh Ashtiani, Lily Burke, John Chalmers, Lorenzo Contreas, Elizabeth Cullum, Aidan Davis, Rachel Dovsky, Griffin Edwards, Ross Martin, Drew Middleton, Isabella Potenziani, Megan MeEldowney, Spencer Noel, Susan Prince, and Brooke Wells.  Producing Director is Margie Wood, with Co-Director Kirk Duncan, lighting design by Twyla Arant, costumes by Dawn Edwards and set design by Larry Wood.

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For more information and tickets, villagechurchcommunitytheater@gmail.com or (858) 756-2441 ext. 128.


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