Forbidden Planet awaits space travelers


Fasten your seatbelts, return your tray tables to the upright position and prepare to blast off at Hattiesburg Civic Light Opera presents Return to the Forbidden Planet by Bob Carlton.

The performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Aug. 8-10 and Aug. 15-17 at The Thirsty Hippo on McLeod Street in downtown Hattiesburg.

In this Olivier-award-winning musical, the many works of Shakespeare are aligned with a fabulous rock ‘n’ roll score to create a fun-filled, jiving-in-the-aisles musical.

Loosely based on Shakespeare’s The Tempest and the 1956 sci-fi classic film Forbidden Planet, Return to the Forbidden Planet finds a spaceship, helmed by Captain Tempest, making an emergency landing on the uncharted planet D’Illyria. The only residents there are the mad scientist Doctor Prospero, his daughter, Miranda, and their robot, Ariel. They were banished into hyperspace when Miranda was just a baby, and she has known no other world than this.

Featuring rock ‘n’ roll hits of the 50s and 60s (“Great Balls of Fire,” “The Monster Mash,” “Good Vibrations,”and others), a B-movie atmosphere, and dialogue in iambic pentameter, Return to the Forbidden Planet is Shakespeare’s unwritten rock ‘n’ roll masterpiece. Throw in a robot, unrequited love, and a scary space monster, and you’ve got one groovy show! This show is family-friendly and appropriate for ALL ages.

The show is being directed by Joseph VanZandt. Tickets are available at