One-Man Star Wars Trilogy

Charles Ross

The Pacific Coast Stage Company is presenting the One-Man Star Wars Trilogy at the Nanaimo Entertainment Centre, 46 Nicol Street, at 7:30 pm on February 11 and 12, 2011. Written and performed by UVIC graduate Charles Ross, this show under the direction of TJ Dawe is a Fringetastic Theatre Festival fundraiser with the permission of Lucasfilm Ltd. All three of the original Star Wars movies will be performed on stage, in one hour, by one man, straight through.

By the age of 10, Charles Ross had seen the first film in the Star Wars TrilogyA New Hope, more than 400 times and committed virtually every line to memory. This obsession led to the One-Man Star Wars Trilogy with Ross moving instantly from character to character. In a split second he changes from Luke Skywalker into Obi-Wan and back again using only his yoga-limber body and a knack for voices as he goes beyond simply telling the story. Ross explains that “acting out Star Wars, you want to tell the story, you want to tell your favorite parts, but you’re not going to use any exposition that’s just going to be lines. You are the character.”

Since being first produced in for the Canadian Fringe Circuit in 2002, the One-Man Star Wars Trilogy has sold out at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, was featured on The Late Show with Conan O’Brien, was performed Off Broadway in New York and in London’s West End, was taped by LucasFilm Ltd. to appear in the 2009 Star Wars Mega Bash, and will be continuing on to the Sydney Opera House in March, 2011. Advance tickets for the Nanaimo shows are available for $25 plus a $1 service charge or for $30 at the door.