Creation Entertainment's 55-Year Mission Tour, commonly known by fans as Star Trek's Las Vegas Convention, has a lot going on this year. The convention will celebrate its 20th anniversary, the 90th birthday of William Shatner (as well as the deceased Leonard Nimoy's), and 100 years since the birth of the man who started the show, Gene Roddenberry. The convention will look to entertain as many fans as possible for these massive milestones but most importantly, aim to do it in the safest way possible.
I spoke to Creation Entertainment's co-founder Gary Berman ahead of the 55-Year Mission Tour and got the lowdown on some of the more exciting and exclusive events that will happen from August 11th-15th at the Rio All-Suites Hotel And Casino. Berman spoke to me about the many things occurring during the multi-day extravaganza, including William Shatner's 90th birthday celebration. Berman praised Shatner ahead of the appearance and teased some of the things convention-goers can expect from that event:
William Shatner's birthday celebration is just one of the many things that attendees can enjoy at the 55-Year Mission Tour. A Saturday Night Gala will feature the Nevada Pops performing the best songs from across the entire Star Trek francise, and then there are the scores of panels with Star Trek actors, actresses, and producers, which can reveal all sorts of previously unknown information.
It's a can't-miss event, though with health concerns ramping up again in 2021, some Star Trek fans have decided to opt out of the convention this year. Gary Berman assured me that the utmost care will be taken in protecting the health and well being of attendees and celebrities as they seek to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 transmission:
The procedures may not be what attendees imagined for the 55-Year Mission Tour, but they're a small price to pay to enjoy one of the premier events celebrating the franchise on a yearly basis. Plus, this is the same place Patrick Stewart showed up to randomly to announce his return as Jean-Luc Picard, so big things can certainly happen. Gary Berman wasn't aware of any big reveals in the works but said one can never know what the talent will say when they arrive.
As mentioned, Creation Entertainment's 55-Year Mission Tour will take place in Las Vegas on August 11th-15th. Those unable to attend can stick around for more Star Trek updates that may come from the convention, and get excited for all the fun to come.
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