That Time I Made a Cake for a Pack of Klingons...
I should start this off by a bit of background, maybe a disclaimer: I've never considered myself a Trekkie at all. Hell, until this past summer, I think I'd only seen 2 of the movies, and a few episodes of TNG. When hubby and I attended a big nerd convention in July, we found it weird that neither of us really fit a particular flavor of nerd/geek.. we weren't Trekkies, we weren't gamers.. etc. Just generic Nerds.
After this past Friday, I think we both became Trekkies. Well, maybe pre-Trekkies. Trekkies with training wheels. Yes!
Back at that convention, there was a Klingon wedding. We were totally kicking ourselves over not knowing that was gonna happen - I would have cut a steep discount for the opportunity to make a Klingon wedding cake! The ideas - "Wouldn't it be cool if..." flew, and built on each other. Anyway, ever since then, I've been itching for the opportunity to make an epic Klingon cake.
At that same convention, we picked up a sparkly gold flyer for "A Klingon Christmas Carol". Trekkies or not, it just sounded ridiculously cool to us. We're big fans of people who get into something - anything - and just run with it. We love crazy ideas... and we ADORE crazy ideas seen through to fruition! So, we stuck the flyer on our fridge, and awaited the play's opening.
If you haven't heard of this - and we certainly hadn't, before picking up that flyer - let me explain.
A Klingon Christmas Carol is a theater production put on by Commedia Beauregard. Their mission is to perform plays that are translated - from one language to another, or from one form into another. In the case of the Klingon Christmas Carol, they took a story from a book - "translated" it into a play.. tweaked it to have a Klingon theme (Scrooge has no honor!), and then translated it into Klingon. It's performed in full Klingon garb, with English subtitles projected onto a screen on the stage. Awesome!
On a lark, I decided to get ahold of the Powers that Be at CB theatre.. one thing led to another, and we were on board for one hell of an epic cake! (Yes, this would be the same cake that we haven't shut up about for the past two weeks, if you follow us on Twitter, or have me friended on Facebook!)
And we've come to the point where a fit of fangirl overtakes me, and I have no idea which direction to go with the rest of this blog entry. There is just SO much to say! Let me be lame and bullet-point it!
- The People. My husband and I had the opportunity to meet the cast and crew of Klingon Christmas Carol a couple of times before the event. Once was a rehearsal (and yes, the fanboy/fangirl in both of us came out BIGTIME as we watched them practice fight scenes, complete with Bat'leths!), and once was a meet and greet - featuring a viewing of "The Making of A Klingon Christmas Carol" - a documentary filmed the year before. It was all very exciting.. especially because everyone involved was *awesome*.
It was really interesting to watch their prep work for the show, and we have mad respect for them as a result of what we saw. I have NO idea how they managed to learn/memorize all of that Klingon. At the rehearsal, we followed along on the teleprompter.. wow, what a difficult looking language! Weird capitalization, very few vowels, and VERY interesting syntax.
We later had an opportunity to learn a couple words, when their Klingon language expert - and translator - taught us how to say "take the chocolate!" in Klingon. The idea was to have something to say as we served the cake. I never did master just the 2 words involved that Laura taught us (thanks again Laura!), but in the end, it didn't matter. Serving the cake was such a crazy event, I didn't have time to THINK, much less say anything!
- The Show. OH MY GOD. Where to start? The costumes are amazing! The makeup is amazing - everything looked straight out of an actual Star Trek movie - very convincing, very high quality. There is an Orion Slave Girl bellydancer! (Holly, who's a total sweetie!). They do a cool "transporter" effect when taking Scrooge back in time! There's a Vulcan character as the narrator.. and SHE is awesome too!
If you haven't gone, you totally should - we're going to see it a few times, and wouldn't miss it for the world! Definitely a year (and career!) highlight for us!
- The Cake. Ah, the cake. We looked forward to this from the moment that our involvement was confirmed! Now that it's all over, it's sorta sad that we no longer have anything that insanely epic on our horizon!
The cake started out with looking for existing information on Bird of Prey ships. Luckily for us, Trekkies are thorough in their obsession, and we were easily able to find blueprint type views of the ship from various views. Score! Scaled the blueprints to fit our needs, and we were almost good to go!
Next, we had to build a custom cake board for it. With measurements in hand, I had to make a special trip to the theater to measure all doors, stairs, etc... to make sure that this was actually a logistical possibility. It was - but only very BARELY! The cake board ended up being just short of 4' long, and just short of 3' wide! What a monster!
My husband is in charge of all non-edible builds related to my cakes, and has now earned the title of "Chief Engineering Officer" here at Celebration Generation Cakes. Tee Hee. I swear I'm going to make him a CEO shirt to wear to events we do! Anyway, not only did he cut and finish the cake board, he built the structure of the wings - no small feat! I married well.
The our edible Bird of Prey ship made it's maiden voyage - to the theatre - in fine form, with no problems at all. Though we had to tilt the board at a fairly severe angle to get it in the door (Though I'd measured the frame, I had neglected to take into account the door edge itself, the hinge placement, etc!), it made it to it's table with no problem.
- The Whirlwind! The few hours between us arriving (prior to the show), and serving the cake (immediately after the show) were a whirlwind of fan activity. The warbird was definitely our most photographed cake ever, with streams of camera phones clicking away at any time. Little did we know, one of those camera phones ended up tweeting photos of the cake to Cake Wrecks, who ended up tweeting about the cake to their Over 1 MILLION followers! Thanks again, Cake Wrecks!
The insanity continued when we brought the cake up on stage after the show. All of the flashes going off were blinding! Very "paparazzi"!
- Serving the Cake! This should win for "Best Cake Cutting EVER!". Seriously. Picture a gaggle of Klingons surrounding the cake, as Scrooge cuts the cake with his Bat'leth! Ah, no need to picture it, we have photos!
Awesome. Seriously, just... awesome. The whole thing. The memories of Friday night are going to make my husband and I grin for a very long time. They've got shows playing right through till December 13th, tickets are available online at http://www.cbtheatre.org.
My husband with a Vulcan, an Orion Slave Girl, and another Klingon enjoying Red Velvet cake!
More photos are available on our facebook gallery, http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=10955&id=100000056868269&l=3928cc8bf1