"Star Trek" lead returning to Ti

LOHR MCKINSTRY/P-R photoWilliam Shatner sits on the USS Enterprise bridge during his first visit to the Star Trek Original Series Set Tour in May. He’s returning to the Ticonderoga attraction in December.

TICONDEROGA — His first visit was so much fun that William Shatner will be back for Christmas at the Star Trek Original Series Set Tour in Ticonderoga.

Shatner, who played Capt. James T. Kirk on the 1966-69 show, will join Anson Mount, who portrays Capt. Christopher Pike on “Star Trek: Discovery” on Friday, Dec. 7, and Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Set Tour attraction.

Original Series Set Tour owner James Cawley said they’re billing it as “Christmas With the Captains.”

“It’s a chance to spread Christmas cheer with Captain Kirk himself,” he said. “This is only Anson Mount’s second public appearance since being cast as Pike. It’s a seminal role for him.”

ON THE BRIDGE

Pike was the captain of the USS Enterprise before Kirk and was featured in the two-part episode “The Menagerie” on the original show, where he was played by Jeffrey Hunter.

Mount will be taking command of the USS Discovery for a secret mission on the current series, “Star Trek: Discovery.”

Both actors will be available for paid autographs and photo ops, and each will do an On the Bridge event with fans while they’re in Ticonderoga.

“I’m thrilled about this,” Cawley said. “Mr. Shatner said he enjoyed his visit to the Ticonderoga and the set tour. It was like stepping back to the original show for him.”

ORIGINAL BLUEPRINTS

The 87-year-old Shatner is bringing some Christmas surprises for fans, Cawley said, and they’ll have to wait to see what they are.

The Star Trek Original Series Set Tour is located in a former grocery and dollar store at 112 Montcalm St. in downtown Ticonderoga.

Cawley obtained a set of the original set blueprints from the costume designer on the original show, William Ware Theiss, and built every interior from the bridge to sickbay in the cavernous building.

He also has a “Star Trek” museum with original and re-created props from the series, plus “Star Trek” creator Gene Roddenberry’s office with its original desk and other items. The tour is licensed by CBS, which owns “Star Trek” rights.

ON A HANDSHAKE

Prices range from $40 to see Shatner onstage on Saturday, to $850 for a 30-person get-together with him on the bridge on Friday, plus all the other program events. A schedule will be announced later at www.startrektour.com.

Shatner was previously in Ticonderoga on May 4 and 5 to participate in programs and photo sessions at the set tour, drawing 1,400 fans to the community.

Cawley said that as Shatner was leaving in May, he shook his hand and said, “Let’s do this again.”

“He’s excited to come back,” Cawley said.

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