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Gorman hits big time with Star Wars spoofTell North Platte what you think
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Poster for Gorman's play.
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Gorman on Nightline, Jan 7.

A North Platte native is making waves in the world of performing arts with a spoof of Star Wars.

Patrick Gorman, a 1991 graduate of North Platte High School, wrote, directed and stars in a play known in the world, The Star Wars Saga in Sixty Minutes.

“This one time, a young farm boy from a little planet in the middle of nowhere changed everything… and so can we,” Gorman wrote on his blog.

Gorman was interviewed Monday on the nationally televised ABC program, Nightline. He said he developed the play in college at the University of Southern California. It was a bit of a lark as well as his Master’s thesis in professional writing. He took it to the Fringe Festival in Scotland in 1997.

For 15 years since, his play has entertained Star Wars fans at celebrations around the country.

He even received praise from George Lucas, the man who created the Star Wars saga.

“Ten years ago, George Lucas saw my original play Star Wars Trilogy in 30 Minutes,” Gorman wrote on his blog. “And he loved it. Laughed at it. He even chatted for awhile….. But then he made a request that nearly scared the ewoks out of me. He said that after the prequels were done (this was just after ‘Clones’ came out), we’d have to do all six.”

Patrick's love of Star Wars began when he saw the first movie when he was five years old, said his father Tom Gorman, who recently retired after a distinguished career at Mid-Plains Community College.

“He had everything from the lunch pail to blankets, sheets, t-shirts and everything else,” Tom said.

Now, Patrick’s young son Shane, 6, loves the movies, which motivated Patrick to finally follow Lucas’ direction and add the Star Wars prequels in his play. It took awhile to figure out how to summarize three more epic movies in 30 minutes of live theater, but Patrick and his cast accomplished it, performing in August for thousands of fans at the 35th Anniversary of Star Wars convention in Orlando, Fla.

They ingeniously interweaved a myriad of movie scenes into the play. Props such as wifflebats instead of light sabers (wifflesabers) and bicycle helmets instead of storm trooper helmets add to the hilarity.

Tom said Patrick went to Los Angeles by himself after high school, setting out alone to get involved in the movie business.

You have to try to do things, Patrick Gorman said on Nightline.

“If I hadn’t tried this in college, we wouldn’t all still be goofin’ on it today,” he said with a earnest grin.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 1/9/2013
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