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Laser show shines

April 15, 2011

By Annie Hunter, Campus Life Editor

The Rollins Planetarium is showing two shows that are, pardon my pun, a bit out of this world until April 15. “Laser Beatles” and “Laser Pop,” certainly know how to make an impression.

“Laser Beatles,” like the real Beatles, just got trippier as it progressed. There were dancing fish, spinning images of John, Paul, George and Ringo and characters from Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band popping up over the screen. It didn’t help that all the images were either red or green, like some kind of raver’s Christmas.

When Beatles’ characters weren’t on the screen, there were these squiggly lines shimmying and shaking to the beat.

All of this, however, is very fitting of The Beatles. While the rest of the audience seemed to enjoy the show, the little boy in front of me was a pretty tough critic.  He screamed and cried for a good portion of the program, but I guess if I was four years old and saw John Lennon’s giant head bobbing up and down on the ceiling, I would cry too.

“Laser Pop” opened with ‘N Sync’s “Pop” and followed it up with P!nk’s “Get the Party Started.”

Naturally, I assumed this evening would be a walk down memory lane to the soundtrack of the early 2000’s.  That thought didn’t last long as the show launched into a medley of Beatles’ songs, the exact same ones I just heard an hour ago.

Most of the graphics were the same from “Laser Beatles” so it’s not like the creators didn’t know they were scaring small children with images of 60s superstars twice. Randomly tossed into the mix were Sting’s “Desert Rose” and “Cosmic Thing” by the B-52s.  It all ended with “Kryptonite” by 3 Doors Down.

I’m still trying to figure out the logic behind the music. Maybe the creator just hit shuffle on his iTunes. Is it a Tony-award-winning show?  Absolutely not, but for a planetarium program, it beats listening to a monotone voice explain the moon’s surface.
This post copyedited on April 18, 2011.

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