Sunday, October 30 marks the 78th anniversary of Orson Welles’ infamous radio broadcast of War of the Worlds. The Academy Center of the Arts is excited to host a theatrical staged reading of the terrifying Martian invasion of Earth.
When Welles’ and his colleagues at Mercury Theater decided to revise the story for radio broadcast, they did not anticipate the panic that resulted. As many as one million listeners believed the broadcast to be true; and a huge portion of these listeners were reportedly so horrified that they fled in fear. The radio adaptation of War of the Worlds was so realistic to listeners because of the excellent acting and sophisticated sound effects. After announcers reported Martian landings in New Jersey, Chicago, and St. Louis, people packed the highways trying to escape the wrath of the mysterious Martians.
The Academy’s dramatic staged reading will be performed by local actors and musicians. The group of musicians includes faculty from Sweet Briar College and Lynchburg College, as well as members of the Lynchburg Symphony Orchestra. This presentation will feature original underscored music written by Dr. Jeffrey Jones, a professor at Sweet Briar College.
Dr. William Kershner directed this production at Sweet Briar College three years ago for the 75th anniversary, and he is excited to bring it to Lynchburg. Kershner is the Chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance at Sweet Briar College.
Saturday, October 29 at 7:30pm
Sunday, October 30 at 2:00pm
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Run time: Approximately an hour and a half with no intermission.