Magic Circle Players
Livestream Presentation a Big Hit!
War of the Worlds: 1938 radio drama
draws 1500 viewers.
[Montrose, Colo. | April 2020 | By Patti Powel]
THE SHOW MUST GO ON!
With the stay-at-home order, you can’t go to Magic Circle Theatre but, in the tradition of the stage, the show must – and will – go on as Magic Circle Players bring the thrill of live theatre directly to you in your homes. Via a live stream, Magic Circle Players Performed a reenactment of the infamous 1938 radio broadcast play of War of the Worlds on Friday, April 24 at 7pm.
This free live-streamed event used the script of the original 1938 radio drama and was presented with actors in costumes reading their parts in a vintage television-style format. The play was live- streamed from Magic Circle’s Facebook page via Zoom, a video conferencing platform that allows the actors to come together on a virtual stage from their own homes. Viewers can join from anywhere on any device, which made this Magic Circle’s first potentially worldwide performance.
“It has been my intention in organizing this production to provide something to the community that shows Magic Circle is in no way put out of commission by Covid-19,” said Casey Dukeman, the show’s director. “As some crazy author once wrote long ago, ‘All the world is a stage.’ I am certain he would agree that the world he was referring to also includes the World Wide Web.”
Based on H.G. Wells’ classic novel and written as a radio script by H.E. Koch, War of the Worlds was adapted, directed and narrated by Orson Welles for broadcast during a time when radio was a prime source of news and entertainment. The original hair-raising 1938 radio presentation of War of the Worlds created wide-spread national panic when listeners thought what they were hearing was actual news coverage of an invasion by aliens. “Whether you are familiar with the impact of the original broadcast or not, we are proud to bring this historic broadcast into your homes with an amazing local cast of Magic Circle performers,” added Dukeman.
The troupe of Magic Circle veteran actors involved in this unique presentation of War of the Worlds include Peter Ambrose, Scott Pollak, Kacy Pollak, Kevin Innarelli, Kim Santich, Kevin Cohenour, Bill Bottomly, Chris Walsh, Kate Roth, Amy Lucskai, Jane Vale and Anthony Rodarte.
The Magic Circle Players cast of “War of the Worlds” takes a group bow after live streaming the infamous 1938 radio play. More than 1,500 viewers tuned in to either the live performance or the recorded production on Facebook. According to Director Casey Dukeman, the performance raised more than $450 in donations.
“Magic Circle Theatre may be dark right now,” said Theatre Manager Lisa Rediger, “but our passion, our creativity, and our drive is still center stage. We hope to complete our 60th season, and look forward to bringing back the joy of live theatre.”