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War of the Words: The Panic Broadcast
Recreating the infamous and historical radio evening of Halloween night 1938, War of the Worlds: The Panic Broadcast is being presented by the community theatre troupe, the Bethlehem Players, at Bethlehem United Methodist Church in the Grassland area of Franklin, 2419 Bethlehem Loop Road, selected dates and times March 8 – 16.
Written by Joe Landry and directed locally by Johnny Peppers with assistant director Debbie Robinson, the stage production is inspired by the real life events surrounding Orson Welles’s 1938 radio adaptation of H.G. Wells’s sci-fi novel The War of the Worlds and the Bethlehem Players will be performing it as a 1940s live radio broadcast in front of a “studio audience.”
The radio ensemble recreates the colorful events surrounding the notorious evening and the aftermath, 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 large cast for the talented production includes three area radio veterans: Pat Reilly as Professor Pierson, Harry Robinson as the Studio Announcer, and Mark McNulty as Orson Welles. The other cast members include: Art Ankrum, Sharon Brugman, Steve Brugman, W. Preston Crook, Scott Dannemiller, Taylor Foster, Pam Funderburg, Elizabeth Hayes, Beth Henderson, Jim Maden, Jim Melrose, Ginny Welles, Lynn Yates, Brian Zimmerman, and production musical director Kandace Peppers.
Proceeds from all performances will benefit Open Table Nashville, a non-profit, interfaith community that disrupts cycles of poverty, journeys with the marginalized, and provides education about issues of homelessness.
Contact: (615) 669-BPAC (2722)
2419 Bethlehem Loop, Franklin, TN 37069