Creative 360 will reprise Orson Welles’ radio broadcast “The War of the Worlds,” in celebration of the 81st anniversary of the original that famously shook the country on Halloween night in 1938. This special Old Time Radio production, written by Howard E. Koch, features local actors Ron Kruman, Todd Little, John McPeak and David Ritter. JoAnn Pobocik, Carol Rumba and Terri Shroeder will perform old-time radio jingles and Cheryl Felch is the sound effects artist.
The original broadcast of “The War of the Worlds” was an episode of the American radio drama anthology series The Mercury Theatre on the Air directed and narrated by actor and future filmmaker Orson Welles. The radio play is based on the science fiction novel by English author H. G. Wells, written between 1895 and 1897. It is one of the earliest stories to detail a conflict between mankind and an extraterrestrial race. The memorable radio dramatization in 1938 allegedly caused public panic among listeners who did not know the Martian invasion was fictional.
“War of the Worlds” will be Creative 360’s ninth Old Time Radio production. Since March of 2017, more than 30 local actors have appeared live on stage performing a radio show just as they were done in years gone by complete with live sound effects. The popular programs have ranged from murder mysteries to Westerns. Creative 360 thanks Radio Wasteland Records in Midland for sponsoring this production.