The War of the Worlds

War of the Worlds

The War of the Worlds 2018 poster
30 October 2018

SOLD OUT! We celebrated World Audio Drama Day and the 80th anniversary of the original broadcast of this classic radio drama. Our re-imagined performance was inspired by the 1898 H. G. Wells novel The War of the Worlds, and the 1938 radio dramatization by Orson Welles and The Mercury Theatre on the Air.

Live performance by Metropolitan Performing Arts actors and other community volunteers at Kiggins Theatre in downtown Vancouver, Washington. Streamed live on KXRW-FM, Vancouver's community radio.

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Cast & Credits

PROGRAM ANNOUNCER = Barbara Richardson
WEATHER ANNOUNCER = Calvin Lieurance
CARL PHILLIPS (radio reporter) = Greg Shilling
PROFESSOR Rowena PIERSON (female astronomer, retired) = Rebecca Kramer
POLICEMAN = Nick D'ettorre
MR. Grover WILMUTH (farmer) = Ian Hanley
Montgomery SMITH (Brigadier General, State Militia) = Brett Allred
Harry McDONALD (Vice President, Operations) = Joe Clemmons
Captain LANSING (Signal Corp) = Nick D'ettorre
SECRETARY (of the Interior) = Steve Becker
ARTILLERY GUNNER = Calvin Lieurance
ARTILLERY OBSERVER = Arianna Dorenbosch
Lieutenant VOGHT = Kristin Heller
RADIO OPERATOR #1 = Joe Clemonos
RADIO OPERATOR #2 = Barbara Richardson
RADIO OPERATOR #3 = Brett Allred
RADIO OPERATOR #4 = Nick D'ettorre
RADIO OPERATOR #5 = Greg Shilling
ROOF TOP ANNOUNCER = Arianna Dorenbosch
MALE SURVIVOR 1 = Calvin Lieurance
MALE SURVIVOR 2 = Ian Hanley
MALE SURVIVOR 3 = Steve Becker
FEMALE SURVIVOR 1 = Kristin Heller
FEMALE SURVIVOR 2 = Arianna Dorenbosch
FEMALE SURVIVOR 3 = Barbara Richardson

Live audience: 336

Press & Feedback

Re-Imagined Radio at the Kiggins Theater
KXRW "Radio Voices from Our Community" host Mike Selig visited Kiggins Theater in downtown Vancouver to watch the 80th Anniversary performance of The War of the Worlds, the radio drama that panicked a nation, and produced this abbreviated version of the performance. Also available here.

The Common Good Interviews
A two-part series produced by Joe Clemons, host of The Common Good, KXRW Radio, Vancouver, WA, highlighting Re-Imagined Radio. Part 1 rebroadcasted the 30 October 2018 performance of The War of the Worlds. More information at the archival webpage for this program maintained by XRAY FM radio. LEARN more.
Part 1, 11 June 2020

Part 2, 9 July 2020, features producer John Barber talking about the performance and some of the challenges of re-imagining classic radio dramas for contemporary audiences. More information at the archival webpage for this program maintained by XRAY FM radio. LEARN more.