Strong cast to bring Or­son Welles’ clas­sic to life

Wangaratta Chronicle - - News -

WAN­GARATTA Play­ers Inc are set to bring a thrilling clas­sic to life this Hal­loween, with their upcoming pro­duc­tion of the 1938 ra­dio script of The War of The Worlds.

The story, writ­ten by Howard E Koch and based on a HG Wells novel, was trans­mit­ted on Oc­to­ber 30, 1938 in a ra­dio broad­cast fea­tur­ing fu­ture film­maker Or­son Welles, which fa­mously caused some lis­ten­ers to be­lieve the alien in­va­sion be­ing de­scribed was real.

This year marks the 80th an­niver­sary of that his­toric broad­cast.

Di­rec­tor Lor­raine Mon­sh­ing has as­sem­bled a strong cast of Wan­garatta Play­ers mem­bers, in­clud­ing ex­pe­ri­enced ac­tor David New­port por­tray­ing Or­son Welles, Vice-Pres­i­dent Harry Mc­Don­ald, and also par­tic­i­pat­ing in the cho­rus.

Jeff Faith­full is play­ing An­nouncer #1, Wil­muth, Voices #2 and #7, and an Ar­tillery Of­fi­cer, while Ben Keast is play­ing an Ar­tillery Gun­ner and a Po­lice Of­fi­cer and Bob Head is in the cho­rus and play­ing An­nouncer #2.

Caden Miller is por­tray­ing the roles of An­nouncer #3, Voice #1, and Ar­tillery Ob­server, and is also in the cho­rus.

Play­ing the role of Phillips, Sec­re­tary of the In­te­rior, and Com­man­der Voght is Reg Car­mody.

Max Tay­lor is in the cho­rus and play­ing Pier­son, Lach­lan David­son has the roles of Gen­eral Mont­gomery Smith, Cap­tain Lansing, and Roof Top An­nouncer, and Alistair Jack is play­ing the Stranger.

Kathy Holmes is play­ing Op­er­a­tor #1 and #4 and is in the cho­rus, Marie Pond is Op­er­a­tor #2 and #5 and Voice #5, and Claire Ru­dolph is Op­er­a­tor #3 and Voice #4.

Round­ing out the cho­rus is Nicky Pow­ell.

The show will be per­formed on Hal­loween night, Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 31 at 7.30pm.

Fur­ther per­for­mances will take place on Novem­ber 9-10 at 7.30pm, Novem­ber 11 at 2pm, and Novem­ber 16-17 at 7.30pm at the Stage Door Stu­dio in Evans Street, Wan­garatta.

Ticket book­ings can be made at www.try­book­, or call Ch­eryll on 0402 031265.

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