A GALAXY NOT SO FAR, FAR AWAY – Humans, wookiees and droids – but mostly humans – traveled less than 12 parsecs across the galaxy at slower-than-lightspeed in their sedans and minivans to attend Cre-a-tv Studio's "Star Wars" Day celebration Monday in Eldersburg.

"Star Wars" Day is celebrated each year on May 4, solely to facilitate the pun "May the Fourth Be With You." The event featured black light light-saber bubble battles, a "Star Wars" selfie booth and a performance by Baltimore's Gamer Symphony Orchestra.


The GSO was formed in Baltimore by Kira Levizky, a kindergarten through eighth grade music teacher and is designed to encourage children to participate in gaming and gamer culture instead of using drugs, as well as to cultivate a love of classical music among gamers. The orchestra has held two free concerts in Baltimore, but Levizky said she considered the Carroll event on Monday to be an soft-launch for the ensemble, as it was the group's first on-the-road performance.

Tina Waganer, owner of Cre-a-tv said, while dressed as Queen Amidala, said the studio and orchestra had been in contact for months trying to arrange a concert. When another venue canceled the group's "Star Wars" Day concert for May 4, Levizky found a new hope in Waganer, who set up "Star Wars" Day as a fundraiser for the group, with money raised beyond the studio rental fee going to the orchestra.

While the orchestra set up on stage, young padawans gathered around the wretched hive of scum and villainy to play video games on a number of consoles scattered around the studio. Levisky said she was excited to perform at a venue that had video games to play, because the games may serve as an added incentive for those not as interested in orchestral music.

While the orchestra primarily deals in video game music, this evening the performers added some "Star Wars" numbers to their repertoire.

"'Star Wars' and video games are so intertwined. 'Star Wars' has had a huge impact on video game culture, and it's also inspired a number of video games itself," Levitzky said. "This is our way of paying homage to 'Star Wars'' influence on video games."

Levizky said she's long been a fan of "Star Wars," with the original film coming down as her favorite. She said one of her favorite aspects of the series is the music by composer John Williams.

"'Star Wars' was huge in terms of music, with its use of leitmotifs," Levitzky said. "Every character and setting had their own leitmotif, and as soon as you heard it, even if they weren't on screen, you could feel their presence."

In addition to the classic trilogy, Levisky said she's been a fan of classical music and video games ever since she was young. She said spreading the joy or orchestra music to people who my not realize they enjoy it, is a passion for her. She said video game music is an often overlooked aspect of the medium, that she tries to bring to the forefront of experience.

"When people hear video game music, they say it feels likes they're playing the game again," Levitsky said. "You can always watch a movie you like, but video game systems die out. If you don't have a Super Nintendo, you can't play 'Super Mario RPG.' This is a way to get the feelings you would get from playing the video games."

Levisky said her favorite video game scores include those from "Shadow of the Colossus" and "Chrono Trigger."

In addition to the guests in Halloween or homemade costumes, members of the 501st Legion were on hand for photo opportunities. The Legion is a national collection of people who have created screen-accurate replicas of "Star Wars" Imperial costumes. As guests entered, a storm trooper, TIE fighter pilot and Imperial officer greeted guests.

Owner Rich Waganer said it was a thrill to be able to bring the Force to Eldersburg for an evening.

"'Star Wars' is completely of my time," Waganer said. "I grew up waiting in line for 'The Empire Strikes Back' and 'Return of the Jedi' when I was in college. It's great to see it continue here today."