Minions Kevin, Stuart, and Bob are not the only ones headed to Villain-con this year — despicable bad guys from around the world are packing their shrink-rays and light sabers to go to this trade show that fuels evildoers and their yellow followers of all shapes and sizes.
The Civic Theatre has been fortunate enough to have a super master bad guy joining the lineup for the Sunday, July 19 matinee screening of Minions.
Theatre programmer Jason Asbell is glad to be able to bring this guest to their stage: “We knew that with so many people coming as their minion and villainous alter-egos, we would be offering a service to the community to have this celebrity drop in and say hello, offer some pointers, and maybe share some stories from the field.”
This isn’t the first time that a bad dude has travelled through the region. Back in 1911, Boris Karloff came through Nelson, but hadn’t yet reached the heights of his theatrical antagonism, which later included a classic portrayal of Frankenstein’s monster, as well as the voice of The Grinch in the original How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
Countless baddies, from Rumplestiltskin to wicked witches have graced the Capitol stage in pantomimes over the years. And those zombies on Baker St. last October may have been mindless, but don’t forget that they were indeed after your brains. Nelson is no stranger to the villain, evil-doer, and all-round bad guy.
The Civic Theatre’s Despicable Super Evil Bad Guy (a new character to be unveiled by Lucas Myers) is no slouch next to these historical local encounters, and may even be scouting locally for new additions for his own subservient minion army.
While he would not allow us to reveal his name publicly (for fear that arch-enemies may be watching, we suspect), this evil guest did grace us with the answer to one pivotal question: Why be a Despicable Super Evil Bad Guy at all? His response? “It’s so good to be bad.”
This special screening of Minions will take place at the Civic Theatre on Sunday at 2 p.m. Family-friendly, all-ages welcome. Costumes/alter-egos encouraged. Advance purchase is recommended at civictheatre.ca.