Guy Vardaman | RoboFest Guest

Guy VardamanGuy Vardaman
Actor, Robot Builder

Starting in October of 1987, Guy worked on Star Trek: The Next Generation for all seven seasons. He started out doing background, stand-in and photo doubling work (for Brent Spiner) and was also tapped to work on "off days" as a research consultant for Gene Roddenberry.

After Gene’s passing, the work on set continued and Guy enjoyed playing Darien Wallace as well as various Klingons and Romulans. Finally, Guy accepted a position in Paramount’s licensing division where he built up a reference materials library for licensees and then worked in publishing where he edited comic books, magazines and trading cards.

When a new group was forming to help Paramount "New Media" focus, Guy was invited to join as producer of what would become Star Trek Continuum for the Microsoft network, launched in conjunction with Windows 95. The "guts" of that site were then turned into Startrek.com and made available to everyone on the internet.

Guy is coming to Denver to participate with RoboFest. Isn’t it ironic that he enjoys working on robots, considering that he played one on Star Trek: The Next Generation?

More information about Guy is available at

http://memory-alpha.org/wiki/Guy_Vardaman
http://memory-alpha.org/wiki/Darien_Wallace
and http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1849645/

StarFest Friday Night

After checking in at the Convention Registration Desk on Friday (usually it opens by 4pm), we suggest you make sure to spend some time looking through the printed program so that you can carefully plan your weekend. Since we have so many things happening at the same time, it’s important that you create a "Must Attend" list of events right away. A lot of convention events start at 6:00pm, so you’ll want to have your plan in place well before then.

There are three events on Friday that will require some preparation on your part, we’ve listed them here because we thought it would be prudent to give you some advance notice:

The Friday Night Meet & Greet Party
April 15, 2011 7:00pm -8:30pm
($24.95 per person)

Meet & Greet BuffetHave you always wished you had the chance to meet the StarFest guests and talk to them face to face?

Would you like to spent some relaxed time talking to the guests and other convention attendees before the show to find out what events they are looking forward to? How about letting the guests tell you a little bit about the things that really interest them? There is probably a never ending list of the kinds of things that you could discuss at the StarFest Meet & Greet.

It’s a fun and relaxing way to sit down across the table from fellow attendees and our celebrities and just talk about whatever pops into your head. Don’t be shy, everyone is at the convention to have a good time. You’d be surprised at how much you probably have in common with everyone else and how friendly they are.

TablesAt this year’s party Morena Baccarin, Mark Sheppard, Peter Mayhew, Jeffrey Combs, Casey Biggs, Luciana Carro, Dayton Ward, Kevin Dilmore, and Kevin Atkins will all be there to talk and enjoy desserts and nonalcoholic beverages with you. Everything is designed to give you a chance to mingle, talk, listen, and socialize.

Desserts being served include cookies, brownies and an assortment of raspberry and chocolate mousses. Tickets are $24.95 per person.

 

Centerpiece Competition
(No Entry Fee)

Of course, like most things at StarFest, we are always looking for ways to challenge you and show off your humor and creativity.

We would love to have you create a centerpiece for the Meet & Greet Party that reflects your love for your favorite movie or TV series.

After you make your masterpiece, bring it to the StarFest Convention Information Table on Friday, April 15th between 6:00pm and 7:00pm so we can have it placed on a table at the party. If nothing else, it will give you something to talk about!

Following the party, the centerpieces will be moved to the Convention Information Table so everyone at the convention can enjoy your masterpiece. Be clever, creative, and boldly go where no centerpiece has gone before! We will be taking votes from the people visiting the Information Tables during the convention so be sure to have your friends stuff the ballot box in your favor.

We will award a special prize to the winning centerpiece.

 

Special Performance

Three Banditos

Dos Banditos!
Main Events Room
April 15, 2011 9:00pm
($21 per person)

Following the Meet & Greet, there will be a special performance by Jeffrey Combs and Casey Biggs in our Main Events Room. Together, the two villains of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine will reunite to bring you a fun-filled evening where they portray numerous roles from the plays that inspired them to become actors.

It’s designed to be a night packed with laughs, surprises and of course, villainy at its best.

There is separate admission available to the Dos Banditos! performance, but we suggest you purchase the special combo ticket to save money.

Tickets to Dos Banditos! are priced at just $21.00 per person. Get them now!

 

Luciana Carro | “Kat” of Battlestar Galactica added to StarFest

Luciana Carro

Luciana Carro
Louanne "Kat" Katraine of Battlestar Galactica

Because she was a rather shy girl, Luciana was encouraged by her parents to take acting classes. Her high school drama teacher Gerry Campbell (father of actress Neve Campbell) was impressed by the young woman’s talent. Accordingly, he convinced her to pursue an acting career and take theater classes.

After moving to Vancouver to establish herself in the TV and film industry, she was able to book recurring roles on award-winning series like The Chris Isaak Show, Da Vinci’s Inquest, Smallville, and The L Word. Encouraged by these early successes, Luciana continued playing a diverse range of characters on different shows and in several movies.

She is best known to fans for her portrayal of the Viper pilot Louanne "Kat" Katraine on the critically acclaimed Emmy Award winning series Battlestar Galactica. Originally, Luciana was hired as a day player for "Act of Contrition", an early episode of season one. However, based on her performance, she was brought back and her role expanded. Her character was developed and played a pivotal role in several storylines.

Luciana Carro Battlestar GalacticaWorking alongside Academy Award nominees Edward James Olmos and Mary McDonnell, Luciana’s "Kat" came a long way. Eventually Kat was promoted to Galactica’s CAG (Commander, Air Group). The evolution of this multilayered and complex character provided Luciana with the chance to showcase her wide range of acting abilities.

During her time on Battlestar Galacticaand she continued to work on TV and film projects: Murder at the Presidio (starring Lou Diamond Phillips); Young Blades, Two for the Money, Smallville, Dr. Dolittle 3, Everwood (4 episodes), and Killer Instinct.

Subsiquent to Galactica, she has appeared in the movie Blades of Glory, Hidden Palms, Snowglobe, Phantom Racer, and Urgency. Here genre projects include recurring roles on Caprica and The Icarus II Project. This year, her most recent project Traveling at the Speed of Life – a 20 somthing Drama will be released.

Please extend a warm welcom to Luciana, this will be her first StarFest appearance. She is attending the Friday Night Meet & Greet and be available for autograph and photo sessions throughout the weekend. She is scheduled to appearance on the Main Events Stage for a Q&A session on Sunday.

Marc Alaimo Autograph Ticket Marc Alaimo Photo Session TicketFriday Night Meet & Greet

Jonathan Frakes Added To StarFest Lineup

Jonathan Frakes at StarFest

Jonathan Frakes
Actor, Director, let’s just say it — He’s #1

In 1987 it took Jonathan Frakes six weeks and seven auditions to win the role of Commander William Riker on Star Trek: The Next Generation. That might seem like a lot of work for a pilot episode, but that six weeks led to a long and productive run on one of television’s most loved and revered shows. The hard work during the seven years of Star Trek: The Next Generation gave him valuable experience as both an actor and director.

Frakes reprised his Riker role on the Star Trek spin-offs Deep Space Nine, Voyager, and Enterprise. However, not content to stay on the lens side of the camera, Frakes jumped at the opportunity (on Star Trek: TNG) to step behind the camera and learn directing skills that translated into continuous work on film and television.

Jonathan Frakes - LeverageJonathan has appeared on numerous genre shows including:  Leverage, Family Guy, Star Trek: Enterprise, 3rd Rock from the Sun, Roswell, Gargoyles, The Paranormal Borderline (host), Lois & Clark, Wings, The Twilight Zone, North and South (mini-series), Falcon Crest (Damon Ross), Paper Dolls (Sandy Parris), Remington Steele, The Fall Guy, Bare Essence (Marcus Marshall), and Voyagers!

Mr. Frakes additionally appeared in the following genre Film and TV Movies: The Librarian: Return to King Solomon’s Mines, Star Trek Nemesis, Clockstoppers, Dying to Live, Star Trek: First Contact, Brothers of the Frontier, and Star Trek: Generations.

After getting a taste of directing on Star Trek: The Next Generation, Mr. Frakes has focused increasingly on his directorial pursuits. He has helmed many television episodes and films: NCIS: Los Angeles, Burn Notice, The Good Guys, Leverage, V, Castle, Dollhouse, The Librarian: The Curse of the Judas Chalice, Masters of Science Fiction, The Librarian: Return to King Solomon’s Mines, Thunderbirds, The Twilight Zone, Clockstoppers, Roswell, Star Patrol, Star Trek: Insurrection, Star Trek: First Contact, Star Trek: Voyager, and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine – just to name a few.