Puppets set against a medley of sci-fi plots, all on top of a musical soundtrack, may sound like the unlikeliest of combinations. But let’s remember, of course that the immortal Jim Henson accomplished the impossible with every episode of “The Muppets.”
Meat & Potato Theatre hopes to put its own mark on this once-in-a-lifetime genre with ‘Aliens (The Puppet Musical).’ The story line casts one Ellen Ripley, fresh from a planet where horrifying aliens slaughtered her entire crew, but now enlisted with the Space Mariners. Against her prior experience and advice, the Mariners have a corporate mission to return to the planet of her nightmares.
Optimus Prime, Alf, Bert and Ernie and Snake Plissken all make the show as characters, plus a rollicking eight-song soundtrack of musical numbers. Audience members shy of water might want to don a raincoat, as water pistols get frequent use.
With script and lyrics by Tobin Atkinson, plus music by Rob Hartmann, this puppet-play may sound child-like in form, but it promises to be thoroughly enjoyable to genre-educated adults in both content and execution. “Aliens (The Puppet Musical)” plays May 24-June 10 at Rose Wagner Center for the Performing Arts.
‘Aliens (The Puppet Musical)’
When • May 24-June 10. Thursday-Saturday, 8 p.m. with 2 p.m. matinees Sunday.
Where • Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, 138 W. Broadway, Salt Lake City
Info • $20, with discounts for students and seniors. Call 801-355-2787 or visit www.arttix.org for more information.