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CONTRIBUTED PHOTO William Shatner, CONTRIBUTED PHOTO William Shatner, "Shatner's World," 7 p.m. Nov. 11, State Theatre for the Arts, Easton

Shatner goes where the laughter is

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 by MEGHAN LAVERNE Special to The Press in Focus

Great news for "Star Trek" fans and comedy lovers in the Lehigh Valley area: William Shatner beams into the State Theatre for the Arts, 453 Northampton St., 453 Northampton St., Easton, 7 p.m. Nov. 11, to perform his one-man show, "Shatner's World."

In a recent telephone interview, Shatner says his show "grew from sitting around doing interviews."

In his 90-minute set, the audience will hear tales from behind the camera, and in front of it, as Shatner shares experiences from his 60-plus years in the entertainment business. He will also tell tales from his personal life, from childhood through adulthood.

The show include a music performance, with Shatner singing a song from his album, "Seeking Major Tom."

Shatner was approach-ed by producers after performing a one-night only show in New York, asking if he could take his routine on the road. He agreed, and says he has been "constantly polishing" his material since.

At age 81, Shatner still loves to perform and has great passion for his new project. He says, "The joy of the laughter and applause is great payment."

There is something only a stage performance can give with a live audience reaction to fuel the material and energy on stage. With the live performance, Shatner says he is "able to communicate to the audience some essence and emotional feeling."

For "Trekkies" and others who attend, Shatner says he's sure they will "laugh and cry and nod your head in agreement. Everyone is in for a joyful and interesting time."