Science Theater Performance

University of Wisconsin - River Falls

Feb. 1, 1996

Mystery Science Theater 3000 Sets Performance

By Ellie Walradth
UW-RF News Bureau

Mystery Science Theater 3000 will detour from space for an evening at UW-River Falls.

The characters and writers of the twice Emmy-nominated television show MST3K will be at UW-River Falls Feb.13 at 8 p.m. in North Hall.

Admission is $3 for students and children under 12 and $6 for non-students. Tickets will be available Feb. 1 at the Hagestad Student Center information desk.

"This is going to be huge. . .we expect a sell-out," predicts Kaye Schendel, coordinator of the event. She also believes it will be a unique opportunity for UW-River Falls to have a national television show on campus.

MST3K features Mike Nelson and his robot pals, "Crow" and "Tom Servo," who are trapped in orbit on the Satellite of Love and are forced to watch bad movies at the hands of the evil "Dr. Forrester". Mike and the robots sit as silhouettes in theater seats and make fun of the beamed-up films.

An Evening with MST3K will be spent with stars of the show Trace Beaulieu, who is Dr. Forrester and the voice of Crow, and Mike Nelson.

Beaulieu and Nelson will introduce three short subject films, "A Date With Your Family," "Why Study Industrial Arts?" and "Last Clear Chance," to be shown to the audience.

Also, the audience will get a sneak peek of the full-length feature film "Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie," due to be released this Spring. After the films, Beaulieu and Nelson will sign autographs and answer questions about the production.

MST3K has acquired a following of dedicated fans from all over the country and has a site on the World Wide Web.

According to Schendel, the show's popularity is best demonstrated by the fact that UW-River Falls has already received phone calls from fans from as far away as Chicago who have already booked plane flights, rented hotel rooms and reserved tickets to the February show.

MST3K is now in its 7th national season on Comedy Central and will be picked up by a major television network in the future.

For additional information, call Schendel at 715/425-3904.

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