Strong cast to bring Orson Welles’ classic to life
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.trybooking.com/427913, or call Cheryll on 0402 031265.