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The Visual and Performing Arts Division, in partnership with Commodore Productions and WKGC FM at Gulf Coast State College, is proud to present “War of the Worlds: The Panic Broadcast” based on the classic Orson Welles radio broadcast from 1938. This production was adapted for the stage by Tom Landry. “An alien invasion throws humanity into chaos in the classic sci-fi novel The War of the Worlds, but all it took to cause real-life panic in the streets was Orson Welles’ 1938 radio adaptation, which listeners mistook for news. Now, ten years later, the WBFR radio ensemble recreates the colorful events surrounding the infamous evening, including the full original broadcast. Complete with vintage commercials and live sound effects, this radio-play-within-a-radio-play is a thrilling homage to the form’s golden age and timely reminder of what fear can do to a society.”
The cast of the production includes: Christopher Grover, Andrew Rowell, Jacob Lambert, Susannah Lloyd, Cassidy Cobb, Sarah Mathis, Drayce Sears, Jeff Floyd, Alex Seeley, Tyler Kent. Stage manager: Maggie Jones; Assistant State Manager: Julianna Everhart, Assistant Director/Voiceovers: Ian Bingham; Costumes/Make-up/Hair: Lauren Patterson. Directed by Assistant Professor Hank Rion.