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The Intergalactic Nemesis & The Invisible Lighthouse: Multi-media staged entertainment

A couple of intriguing, upcoming multi-media entertainment events

There are two upcoming stage events that combine the spoken word with projected images/film, as well as the live performance of “foley” sound effects. One is at the Mondavi center this Friday (Nov 15) and one is at the Crest Theatre next Saturday (Nov 23). I haven’t had the chance to review either of these programs in advance, although I’ve seen previews, but I found them interesting both in their respective content and in their coincidental timing.


The first is “The Intergalactic Nemesis” at the Mondavi Center, which is billed as a “live action graphic novel.” According to the description, three actors provide assorted character voices, while a foley artist provides sound effects and a keyboardist plays music, all in front of projected comic book style images. All of this in the style of classic science fiction and adventure stories (think of characters from Flash Gordon through to Indiana Jones).

The official preview can be found here. Show and ticket information can be found here.


The second is “Thomas Dolby – The Invisible Lighthouse” at the Crest Theatre. Even after 30 years, for many people Thomas Dolby is probably still most known for his singles “She Blinded Me With Science” and “Hyperactive” (both of which are incorporated into this project) – despite a long and varied discography. With “The Invisible Lighthouse,” he brings his own film to the screen and then delivers a combination of narration and song to tell the story. He accompanies himself on keyboards and also incorporates a foley artist for additional, integral sound effects.

The official preview can be found here. Show and ticket information can be found here.


Both events sound intriguing and independently worth checking out, but the coincidental scheduling and nature of the content only adds to their combined appeal. Compare and contrast….

About the author

Tony Sheppard

Tony is a Professor at Sacramento State, Co-Director of the Sacramento Film & Music Festival and a long-time writer, primarily on topics related to film and the film industry. He is an active supporter of the local arts community, an amateur photographer, and has an interest in architecture and urban planning topics. He is currently designing a 595 sq.ft. house on a very small infill lot in Sacramento.

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