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JHS to present comedy Nov. 7-8

The Jamestown High School Drama Department is working on its fall production comedy, "The Panic Broadcast of 1938."

This year's production was selected by directors Jay Nitschke and Pam Riederer in honor of the 75th anniversary of the famous radio broadcast of "War of the Worlds" by Orson Wells. That original play was first presented at The Mercury Theatre on the air on Oct. 30, 1938. During that broadcast there was widespread panic by listeners who believed the program to be real.

Instead of widespread panic, the troupe in Jamestown wants its audience to sit back and enjoy "The Panic Broadcast of 1938" by Michael Druce, which is produced by special arrangement with Baker's Plays. Similar to the original broadcast by Wells, the story takes place at 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, 1938, but the setting is Misty Valley, Pa. The play allows the audience a view of life in the year 1938, and what can happen when that normal everyday life gets interrupted.

The play can be seen at 7 p.m. Nov. 7-8 in the Jamestown High School Theatre. Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for students and free for children 5 and under.

Cast members are:

Andy: Hunter Carpenter

Sheriff Carter: Nick Mortenson

Tom: Jacob Brownell

Hank: Kelsey Becker

Lester: Sierra Gordon

Norma: Jennifer Allmer

Margie Carter: Libby Kruse

June Gilroy: Morgan Baumgartener

Marlene: Amber Walch

Miss Parsons: Emily Lauinger

Lily Gilroy: Elise Opp

Rainey: Grace Finocchiaro

Jess: Mikayla Patel

Deputy Eller: Jessica Vandal

Widow O'Dell: May Jorge

Citizens: Jessica Sharp

Pichamal Chunsuwan (Peachy)

Bekka Nitschke

SeokWoon Hong (John)

Mayor Ruston: Christianna Eckstein

Coroner: Jessica Sharp


Lights: Hannah Kapp

Sound: Tyler Newton

Set design and manager: Jonah Finocchiaro