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Q&A with Captain Temptus of ‘Return to the Forbidden Planet’

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Rick Dunaway (junior who plays Captain Temptus)

Rick Dunaway (junior who plays Captain Temptus)

Rick Dunaway (junior who plays Captain Temptus)

Lanie Cheng, Staff Writer

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Rick Dunaway, a junior at Bullard, is participating in his first musical as Captain Temptus in “Return of the Forbidden Planet.” The musical will take place at 7:30 p.m. March 9-10 and 16-18 and 2 p.m. March 18 at the Bullard Theater.

Q. How are you and your character similar and different from each other?

A. He hopes to be serious, but most of the time, he fails at that. Captain and I are both serious in the times that we must be serious and we’re really good at controlling things, I guess … wait, no (laughs).

Q. What’s your favorite thing about your character?

A. I get the big chair in the front.

Q. Captain Hook or Captain Crunch?

A. I think that Captain Crunch is amazing, and I hold him to my duty as you hold yours to your god.

Q. Captain Kirk or Captain Picard?

A. No, you don’t even have to say the other name. Captain Kirk. That’s basically who I go off of when I’m supposed to be serious.

Q. Captain Jack Sparrow or Han Solo?

A. Jack Sparrow wasn’t a good captain, but he was able to get things done. Han Solo just knew what to do, like he was just able to get himself out of a fix. That’s one of the great things about captains. Captains shouldn’t be like the kind of men who only know how to do it by the book. They need to know book smarts, common sense, street smarts, and the whole shebang, so that when they get into situations, they know how to get out of it.

Q. How would you describe the musical?

A. ’50s. Golden Oldies. Everything you can think of from a ’50s sci-fi movie in one.

Q. How did you prepare for auditions?

A. I picked a song, and I basically sang it for like three days before the auditions, and then when the auditions came, I drank tea during the day and then honey before the auditions because honey clears your throat.

Q. What do you prefer to perform most?

A. For theater, I really prefer a good drama, because everyone seems to do comedies. But then when the dramas are there, they’re really good.

Q. Is this the role you would have chosen for yourself?

A. I probably would choose this one for myself, because I can see myself being able to lead people, and I can see myself being able to handle these situations under pressure.

Q. What are you most nervous about?

A. What I’m most nervous about is singing a lot.

Q. Why should students come see the musical?

A. Because it’s a great idea for a look back in time, you know? To see the Golden Oldies and how it worked back then in sci-fi movies.

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