Fans of the hit Nickelodeon show “iCarly” recently were able to meet members of the cast for a special screening of the show in what may seem an unusual location… Naval Submarine Base New London. As part of the event, the crew also got a chance to visit Los Angeles class submarine USS Hartford (SSN 768)… which they not only enjoyed but also joked about.
The cast members and guests received a guided tour of the submarine by the boat’s commanding officer Cmdr. Steve Wilkinson and Chief of the Boat Senior Chief Eric Mathley.
“I was very honored to have an opportunity to give the iCarly cast and guests a tour of the boat,” said Mathley. “That the show’s lead character is a military child and that some of the iCarly shows have dealt with the things military kids have to deal with is pretty nice,” said Mathley.
iCarly revolves around the show’s namesake Carly Shay (played by Miranda Cosgrove) and her friends Sam (played by Jennette McCurdy), Freddie (played by Nathan Kress), Gibby (played by Noah Munck), and brother Spencer (played by Jerry Trainor). In the show, Carly’s father is an Air Force colonel perpetually deployed away from home, sometimes on a submarine.
In the screening of the episode titled “iMeet the First Lady,” Carly is disappointed when her father is unable to make it home for his birthday because of another deployment. Carly’s friends to try to brighten her mood by putting on a special webisode for her and her dad, which captures the attention of the government and first lady Michelle Obama.The base hosted the event to showcase an episode featuring the first lady. She and Dr. Jill Biden, the wife of Vice President Joseph Biden, spearhead an organization called Joining Forces. It’s purpose is to help support military families and advocate for their priorities.
Although the show’s audience focus is the 5-12 year old demographic, there were even a few more mature fans in attendance.
“I guess I’m a fan too,” said Chief Master-at-Arms Charlie Wenzel who, in addition to ensuring security was prepared for Wednesday night’s event, was making sure his daughter Rylie got to see the show. “I watch it with my daughter and it’s a funny show, I like it.”
“I also like the fact that it deals with kids that have a parent in the military deployed away from home and how they handle things,” said Wenzel.