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Orson Wells bringing life to the 1938 radio broadcast of “War of the Worlds”

Do not adjust your dials; “War of the Worlds” is coming to Nehalem, with the Riverbend Players presenting a readers’ theater version of H. G. Wells’ science-fiction tale, starting on Saturday, July 6.

Broadcast from New York’s Mercury Theatre in 1938, this infamous radio play had many terrified listeners convinced that an actual alien invasion of Earth was taking place. Adapted by Howard E. Koch, co-writer of “Casablanca,” this original script details an extraterrestrial takeover with frightening realism.

A cast of Mike Arseneault, June Baumler, John Coopersmith, Scott Fisher, Michael Kingsbury and Paul Letersky will bring the chilling tale to life, accompanied by a host of vintage sound effects.

Directed by Shay Knorr and produced by Linda Makohon, “The War of the Worlds” opens on Saturday, July 6, at the NCRD Performing Arts Center, 36155 9th Street, and runs through Sunday, July 14.

Performances will take place at 7 pm every Friday and Saturday, with 2 pm matinées each Sunday.

Tickets are available for $14 in advance at www.tickettomato.com or $17 at the door.

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