‘From the Earth to the Moon’ at Theater Arts Caltech

From the creators of the record-breaking Caltech “Star Trek” musical parody “Boldly Go!” comes a fresh new science fiction musical based on a Jules Verne classic.

America 1865. Come be whisked along on an imagining of spaceflight in the late 19th century following the daring mission from its inception, through its challenges, triumphs, dangers and exciting conclusion! Quirky and lovable inventor J.T. Maston invites us on the grandest voyage in human history. The Civil War has ended and the Union artillery designers and scientists of the Baltimore Gun Club who led the North to victory are in search of a new endeavor. Maston’s best friend, the brilliant engineer Captain Barbicane, proposes an audacious undertaking: to build a colossal cannon and use it to launch the first projectile to the Moon! Gauntlets are thrown, headlines made, duels waged and alliances put to the test! “From the Earth to the Moon” is a combustible and dynamic tale, set to vibrant, electrifying music that captures the wonder of Jules Verne’s extraordinary voyages.

This musical adaptation of “From the Earth to the Moon” is a story of timeless ideals applied in the unique and timely setting of technological problem-solving. It is a tale of both the power and pitfalls of ambition, of the strength of friendship and of reconciliation, of the trials of love, of passion for truth and knowledge, and of the eternal human need to go beyond the confines of the present, to break the bounds of the possible, and to reach for the stars.

This musical is written by brothers Cole Remmen (UCSB PhD student, theater studies) and Grant Remmen (Caltech alum and theoretical physicist at KITP/UCSB) and directed by Brian Brophy (“Star Trek: TNG,” “Shawshank Redemption,” “PhD Comics 2,” director, Theater Arts Caltech). 

“From the Earth to the Moon” will be performed in the Ramo Auditorium at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) campus in Pasadena on Friday, April 15, Saturday, April 16, Thursday, April 21, Friday, April 22 and Saturday, April 23 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 24 at 2:30 p.m.

This performance is open to the public.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit tacit.caltech.edu or call (626) 395-4652.