Community Leaders Defeat Alien Attack
By Don Gunter
The Jasper Community Theatre will host an Open House stage festival on Saturday the 25th. They will open their prop room and costume closets to sell high quality items in a garage sale format. They will serve lunch and refreshment concessions beginning at noon. There will be live, on stage mini-concerts performed by several groups from noon until 5:30.
Finally, at 6:00, The War of the Worlds radio play will be performed for our theatre audience and broadcast live on KJAS. Admission to the concerts and play is FREE.
The book, The War of the Worlds, which was written by H. G. Wells, depicts a Martian invasion of Earth. This book was adapted into a play and first performed by Orson Wells and the Mercury Theater on CBS Radio on Halloween in 1938. Many radio listeners thought this was a real news story, which in sighted a panic across the nation. The radio play has been performed around the end of October by various theaters every year since.
The Jasper Community Theatre and KJAS have recruited many of our community leaders for this year’s performance. Among the cast are: Mayor Mike Lout, Chief of Police Robert MacDonald, Sheriff Mitchell Newman, JISD Superintendent Dr. Skuza, Principals Kevin Smith, John Seybold and Paul Trevino, Sports announcer Art Lay, Publisher Jeffry Reedy, WCC District president-elect Shari Gunter, Museum Curator Darlene Nolan, Library Director Denise Milton, Pastors, Robert McBride, Gary Marshall and Ray Lewis, County Extension Agent Brook Fry and Publisher/Printer Keith Hale.
JCT asked readers to come and go throughout the day, attend and enjoy the mini-concerts and help us fill the auditorium for the radio play at 6:00. The theatre is located at 1727 S Wheeler St in Jasper. For more information and questions call Don Gunter at (409) 382-2481.
Jasper Community Theatre Board Member