Oh, it’s going to be so cool when that 6-foot rocket car rolls across the stage.
It’ll be powered by a fire extinguisher, which will be even cooler.
And the coolest part of all? Doktor Kaboom will be in the driver’s seat.
He paid a visit to The Manship Theatre last February, and he’s returning to Baton Rouge for another show on Sunday, Oct. 2.
Now, for those of you who are worried that this will be a rerun, don’t despair. Doktor Kaboom will be performing a totally new show. And it gets even better - this show has never been seen by any audience anywhere.
“It’s going to be a premiere,” David Epley said. “The name of the show is ?It’s Just Rocket Science.’”
Epley is Doktor Kaboom’s alter ego, the guy who plays the good doctor on stage.
“Baton Rouge will be the first to see this show,” he said.
This is good news for fans of this spiky-haired character in goggles. Really, it’s good news for prospective fans who will be introduced to his bright orange lab coat and phony German accent. Everyone here will discover that science and math are fun. Really fun.
“They’re not subjects that you have to make fun because they’re already fun,” Epley said. “It’s just that when we get into the seventh or eighth grades, we start thinking ?This isn’t for me, this is for the really smart people,’ and it starts getting boring to us. And it shouldn’t get to that point.”
It shouldn’t, but it does.
Mention math to many students - and adults - and they begin staring off into space. A mention of science can produce the same result. It’s all so complicated - sheer drudgery, right? Not.
At least, not when Doktor Kaboom is on stage.
“I’ve received a lot of response from the shows,” Epley said. “The show has a Facebook page, and it’s really rewarding to read about how the show has sparked kids’ interest.”
And this one will have the rocket car. That’s all Epley will say about it. You’ll have to attend the show to see when it will enter the stage and what happens when it does.
There is at least one guarantee - it will be fun, because if Epley’s having fun on stage, it surely will go viral in the audience.
“This will be a show about the hurdles of going into space,” Epley said. “There will also be a section on mathematics, which will be aimed at the fifth through the eighth grades. As long as you’re informed about your multiplication tables, you’ll be able to follow this section.”
And for children who may be a little younger?
“It’s set up where they can have fun with it, too,” he said.
Epley speaks from his home in Seattle, Wash. He recently moved there from Chicago, where he developed ideas for his previous Doktor Kaboom stage adventures - adventures he’d eventually like to move to television.
“That’s the idea,” he said. “We’re working on a video now. When I was a kid, I was a big fan of Mr. Wizard.”
His reference is to the show Watch Mr. Wizard, which was popular in the 1950s and ‘60s.
“’I would like to become the next Mr. Wizard,” he said.
This wasn’t Epley’s first choice of careers. He actually studied at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics in hope of becoming a chemical engineer. But Epley also discovered a love for acting.
He spent the next 20 years writing, performing and directing original interactive comedy across the United States and Canada and later decided that he wanted to mix his love of science and math with that of acting.
So, Doktor Kaboom took the stage. Though geared toward kids, the show is actually designed for all ages. It’s also interactive.
Epley is in his fifth year and third show as Doktor Kaboom. The second show had him performing last year for a sold out crowd at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
That’s an experience that stays with Epley.
“I never thought I’d be playing there,” he said.
Which makes a television series even more of a possibility.
And the new show kicks off in Baton Rouge.