The cast of Moonbound

The cast of Moonbound

Musical set among the stars

Western Edge is taking theatre out of this world.

The Nanaimo-based theatre company presents Moonbound, a musical based on an H.G. Wells’ novel, at Diners Rendezvous Wednesday (April 20).

Moonbound, written by Western Edge artistic director Frank Moher with music by Antonio Gradanti, is an adventure about an eccentric 19th-century scientist, who travels to the moon to discover it’s home to two civilizations. Joining the scientists are a hard-headed London business woman and the scientist’s not-so-trusty, imperialist-minded assistant.

Moonbound is loosely based on Wells’s 1899 novel First Men in the Moon.

“I had to change things around to make it work as a musical,” Moher said. “For one thing, Wells ‘forgot’ to include a love story.”

The script-in-hand show is a fundraiser for Western Edge, featuring performances by Earle Gibson, as the crazy scientist, Lorna McLellan, as the London businesswoman and Cody Scott as the assistant.

The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets $20 and includes a tax receipt for $15 and appetizers. Dinner service also available.

For reservations, please call 250-668-0991.