In a neighborhood next door, comes a comedian of Jedi portions

Charles Ross in Edinburgh

By Kathy Richards

Van Singel Fine Arts Center


Like many, many others, Charles Ross spent much of his childhood watching and re-watching (and re-watching again) the Star Wars Trilogy. The result of his deep love and appreciation for the film series is his hilarious show One Man Star Wars, presented by the 2016-2017 Chemical Bank Series on Thursday, March 16 at 7:30 p.m.


In the show, Ross single-handedly plays all the characters, sings the music, flies the ships fights the battles and condenses the plots into one fun show for all ages. He does so with no props, sets or light-sabers. It’s evokes the films famous scenes, dialogue and musical themes but also allows the audience to use its imagination.


Officially endorsed by Lucasfilm Ltd, and produced by the same company as Evil Dead! The Musical and Potted Potter, Ross’ energetic performance has toured to London’s West End, Off Broadway, Dubai and the Sydney Opera House.


SPIN magazine called the show “funnier than you can possibly imagine.” Conan O’Brien praised its accessibility and the Chicago Sun Times saluted Ross on his “impressive Star Wars run in less than 12 parsecs!”


Reserved seats are $24.50 for adults and $16.50 for students (high school and younger). Reserve tickets in person at the Van Singel box office or by calling 626-878-6800, Monday through Friday, noon to 5 p.m. Tickets are also available online at


The Van Singel Fine Arts Center sits at the east end of the Byron Center High School complex, located at 8500 Burlingame SW (84th Street and Burlingame SW) in Byron Center, just 1.5 miles west of US-131. The Van Singel features free, easy parking and curbside handicap parking is available.