Charlie Ross returns to Nanaimo with another one-man show

Charlie Ross returns to Nanaimo with another one-man show

Theatre series appeals to geeks in Nanaimo

Dr. Horrible's Sing-a-long Blog, Batman and One-Man Lord of the Rings part of series at Malaspina Theatre

It’s one of the biggest geek gatherings outside of ComicCon.

Pacific Coast Stage Co., the producers of Nanaimo’s Fringetastic theatre festival, presents three shows to draw out geeks, nerds and the like.

The series starts March 20 with an adaptation of Dr. Horrible’s Sing-a-long Blog. Jesse Cooper directs musical theatre students from Vancouver Island University through the adventures of Dr. Horrible, played by Geoff Moddle, as he attempts to become villainous enough to join the Evil League of Evil.

Along the way, meet Dr. Horrible’s arch-nemesis, Captain Hammer, played by Andrew Osborne, and root for Dr. Horrible as he tries to attain not only world domination, but also get a date with the woman of his dreams – Penny, played by Elise Boulanger.

Tickets $10/advance; $15/door.

On March 21, Batman, played by Blaine Nosworthy, returns with his trusty sidekick, Robin, played by Kieran Hunt, to try and stop the rhyme revealing Riddler, played by Lee Schwartz.

It’s the second installment of a series which started last year and saw Batman duel with Catwoman, who attempted to steal golden statues from Gotham Museum.

Tickets $10/advance; $15/door.

Charlie Ross, the performer who created One Man Star Wars, returns with another one-man show, where he combines all three books of the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

The show on March 22 features Ross retelling the familiar story, by himself, on stage, in one frenetic hour.

The original production almost never saw the stage as the New York premiere was given a cease-and-desist order by the Tolkien family, until Sir Ian McKellan caught a viewing of it and gave his endorsement and encouragement to Ross.

Tickets are $25/advance; $30/door.

Three-day passes are also available for $35.

At the end of each show, electro-music group Top Men perform in the lobby of Malaspina Theatre.

For tickets or more information, please call 250 754-7587 or visit http://fringetastic.com.