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War of the Worlds

Streaming Online
Recorded Oct 29-31

Join us below for our free LIVE RECORDED RADIO BROADCAST of "War of the Worlds".
Learn more about the production, cast, and more below. Donations are accepted at Catawba.edu/theatretix. Thank you for your support!

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Recorded and Performed on the following dates:

October 29th
October 30th
October 31st

Cast & Crew Bios

young me.jpgBradley Stephenson - Director

Bradley Stephenson is an Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts at Catawba, where he teaches courses in playwriting, theatre history, acting, musical theatre performance, as well as courses in the College Honors Program. His recent directing credits include Women in Congress, Into the Woods, Radium Girls, and Boeing Boeing, and he also acted as Vice Principal Panch in our production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. His original play Sister of the Stars received its world premiere at Catawba in 2018. In his spare time, he fathers his two Brad-lings and arranges acappella music at www.acasongs.com having recently recorded and produced his own album, Hindsight, in the summer of 2020. He is currently COVID-free.


image_6483441.JPGColleen Welday -
Stage Manager

A sophomore at Catawba College, Colleen Welday is thrilled to be stage managing her third show with the Catawba Theatre. Colleen has previously worked backstage on five shows at Piedmont Players Community Theater, including High School Musical 2, Mamma Mia and Annie, as well as every show done by Catawba last year. She loves sharing her passion for the magic of live performance and hopes to pursue a career in technical theatre. She is thankful to be a part of this amazing cast and crew in performing the famous radio show, The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells.


Abby Headshot.jpegAbigail Skibsted -
Assistant Stage Manager

Abigail, otherwise known as Abby, is a junior at Catawba and is going for a BA in Theatre Performance with a minor in education. She currently lives in Mocksville, NC, but as she was growing up as a military child, she lived all over the world. Before she was ASM for War of the Worlds, you may have seen her in the Piedmont Players’ production of Neil Simon’s Rumors. The last show she did at Catawba was Women in Congress.Before that she was in a lot of Missoula Children’s Theatre productions such as Rapunzel, Aladdin, Black Beard the Pirate and others.  She also did shows in high school and was captain of her competition Drama team. She is so excited for you all to tune into this show!

Donna.jpgDonna Owens - Dramaturg

Donna K. Owens has been performing on the theatre stage since the age of 9.  Her most popular roles include Amber Von Tussle in Hairspray, Captain Ahab in Moby Dick: The Curse of the White Whale, and Pinocchio in Shrek: the Musical.  Donna has worked with professionals like Elijah Chester and Ben Cook, and she is excited and grateful for the opportunity to work backstage with Catawba Colleges’ Theatre.   Other than performing in the arts, Donna enjoys assisting backstage and has performed many roles including Publicist, Sound Board Operator, and now: Dramaturg.  She is looking forward to being a familiar face on your TV screen! 


CFHeadshot.jpgChandler Fields
 - Sound Designer

 Chandler Fields is happy to be designing for his first show! His past technical and crew credits include Costume Cleaning for Hamlet and Front of House for Into the Woods. Chandler is happy to be telling a story through the marvels of sound!

Izzy 0.jpgIsabella Morrison - (Assistant Sound Designer: Foley)

Isabella Morrison  has played the role of Cornelia in Hamlet during her freshman year. Isabella’s previous roles prior to Catawba include, but are not limited to, Gerda from a particular segment of Frozen titled ‘Evolution of Animated Disney: featuring High School Musical’, Knave of Hearts in Alice in Wonderland, and Ensemble/ Flower Saleswoman from A Night on Broadway. Isabella had no prior experience of any master classes or training but wishes to participate and gain insight from professionals. Recently, Isabella was Stage Op Running Crew for Into the Woods: The Musical and was ASM for Bright Star, Light Board Operator for The Space Between, and a Foley Sound Artist for the upcoming broadcast of War of the Worlds. She is forever grateful that she is a part of the Catawba Theatre family and is surrounded by friends and family. Isabella hopes to continue on her path of Theatre for years to come.

Kathy.jpgKathy Caskey - Sound Board Operator

Kathy Caskey has been a part of every production available in her high school career, starting as a minor scenic designer, and working her way up to an actress and stage director. She is a freshman from Lexington, North Carolina, in the BFA Theatre Arts program, with a concentration in Production and Design. Her trainer in high school was Scott Evangelista. Recent works include her high schools' original production, 51%, a student-made play about a high-tech dystopian society under the ruling of a cruel dictator. This is her first time working with Sound Tech, such as being a Mixer. She looks forward to becoming more involved in major title performances, as she has artistic skill in both design and performance. 

no image woman.jpgHayley McCann - (Foley Live Sound Technician)

Hayley McCann  is excited for her first show with Catawba College! Hayley is majoring in BA Theatre Arts, and she is a new freshman. Her favorite roles she has done are Spotlight for Little Shop Of Horrors, Sketch in Hairspray, and Rosie in Mamma Mia, all of which are shows she did at Forest Hills High School. She also acts and dances at the Carolina Renaissance Festival, which was sadly canceled due to Covid-19. She would like to thank her Mom, Dad, Ling, Parks, and Uncle E for all of their support!

Delphia2.jpgDelphia Borden - Weather Reporter, Gunner, Operator Four

No stranger to the world of the stage, Delphia has always loved acting. Although, in recent years, Delphia has taken a hiatus from performance. This show marks her debut back into acting after nearly six years. There’s not much else about her professional history to share, but this marks the beginning of a long list of new experiences.

Sarah Ann Burke.jpgSarah Anne Burke - Announcer One

Sarah Ann Burke is excited to be a part of her third production at Catawba College. Sarah Ann attended CFA Academy and is now a sophomore pursuing a BFA in musical theatre. Her favorite roles she has performed at CFA Academy were the Baker’s Wife from Into the Woods and Dolly Levi-Gallagher from Hello, Dolly!, which she was nominated for Best Actress at the 2018 and 2019 Blumey Awards in Charlotte, North Carolina. In 2014, she won the award of merit for female vocal solo junior in the National Fine Arts Festival competition in Columbus, Ohio. In 2018, she also won the award of merit for female vocal solo senior in Houston, Texas. She was a part of the crew for Women in Congress at Catawba in 2019 and was a part of the ensemble for Bright Star at Catawba. She would like to thank her parents and family for always supporting her. She would like to thank the amazing cast and crew of War of the Worlds for all the hard work they have accomplished.

Kenna.jpgKenna Gokey - Hallie Flanagan, Winston Field Reporter, Operator Five

Kenna Gokey, a freshman majoring in BFA Performance, is excited for her first show with Catawba Theatre, and her first voice acting role. Originally from Winston Salem, NC, some of her favorite roles include Cosette in Les Misérables and Morning Star in The Kentucky Cycle. She has been employed by Peppercorn Theatre in the first productions of Maizy and Sprout as Sprout and in Learn How to Speak Doll as Della. Kenna studied acting and directing at RJ Reynolds high school in their arts magnet program. When Kenna is not on stage you can find her “behind the scenes” directing. Kenna is very proud of her work directing Peter the Star Catcher and Into the Woods under the guidance of Nick Zayas at RJ Reynolds high school. Kenna is looking forward to furthering her acting and directing training.

Brielle2.jpgBrielle Jobe - Announcer three, Captain Lansing, Operator Three

Brielle is a senior BFA Musical Theatre Major from Frederick, MD. Last semester she was seen in the original devised piece, The Space Between, as the Prince; she worked as the Master Electrician for the show as well. This is her first time voice acting and she's glad to still get to work (and play) in a global pandemic. Upon graduation, Brielle intends to work abroad as both an English teacher and a performance artist, beginning in Berlin, Germany.

Destiney2.jpgDestiney Wolfe - Basking Ridge Reporter, Commander Voght

Destiney Wolfe is currently a Sophomore at Catawba College. This is her third production with the school along with many outside productions including Mamma Mia, Almost Maine, Women in Congress, and In The Heights. She hopes you enjoy the show!


Graycen.jpgGraycen Murray
- Carla Philips

After stage managing Catawba College’s production of Bright Star last year, Graycen is thrilled to be performing alongside her classmates for the first time. She has previously performed as ensemble in Piedmont Players’ productions of Mamma Mia and Annie. Very involved with Catawba’s community, Graycen is a part of the ENV Union, Chapel Scholars, and is a senator-at-large for the SGA. Graycen is looking forward to stage managing Catawba College’s production of Ragtime next semester.

 

 


 

 

 

 

 




Song Credits:
"Danse Macabre - Finale" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License

"Snowdrop" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License


"Trio for Piano Violin and Viola" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License


"Canon in D Major" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License

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Robert Parks - Mr. Wilmuth, Announcer Four

Recently having played Will Shakespeare in Piedmont Players production of Shakespeare In Love, RobertParks is ecstatic to be able to perform with his classmates again. In 2017 Robert attended The North Carolina Governor’s School East at Meredith College with his area one being theatre. Robert has also performed in Catawba College’s 2019 production of Bright Star, Catawba College’s 2018 production of Hamlet, and he has played Pepper in a 2019 production of Mamma Mia in his hometown of Mount Airy, North Carolina. Robert enjoys playing guitar and singing in his spare time.

Lonny.jpgLonny Saunders - General Smith, Secretary of Homeland Security, Observer, Operator One

Lonny Saunders is ecstatic to perform this production! As a professional voice actor of four-and-a-half years, she feels right at home behind the mic. Some of her favorite acting credits include The Commedia Pinnochio, Freckleface Strawberry, and Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed: The Rock Experience, for Columbia Children's Theatre in SC. Lonny has trained with Robert Manning Jr. of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City, David Rosenthal, and Lisa Biggs, and Dr. Peter Duffy of the University of South Carolina. A member of the International Thespian Society, she has received accolades for her work in Solo Musical Theatre performance at the Palmetto Dramatic Association Competition in 2019 and 2020, third place in statewide Monologue Cold Readings at the South Carolina Theatre Association Competition in late 2019, and a superior rating for her work in directing and designing 2020 Palmetto Dramatic Association Competition one-act play, The Yellow Boat. When she’s not on stage, she is behind the scenes designing, building, and painting set pieces or recording and editing audio for sound design. At home, she spends her time learning American Sign Language, singing Veggietales tunes, drawing on her laptop, and tending to her pride and joy: her two-year-old betta fish named Choji.


MSHeadshot.jpgMiranda Sibbett
- Police Officer, Langham Field Reporter, Officer, Operator Two

Miranda Sibbett is the daughter of Greg and Angela Sibbett, from Whiteville, North Carolina. She is currently pursuing her B.F.A. Theatre Performance degree at Catawba and has performed in many shows including Into the WoodsHamletBright Star, and The Space Between. Miranda is excited for what the future holds and hopes to become a better theatre practitioner at Catawba College.

 

image_6483441 (1).JPGMollie Wasserman - Announcer Two 

Mollie Jean Wasserman is excited to be back for her fifth show here at Catawba College! Mollie is majoring in BFA Theatre Performance, and she attended Northwest School of the Arts for high school where she studied Theatre and Musical Theatre. Her favorite performance credits include Ariel in Footloose, Fortinbras in Hamlet, Ensemble in Bright Star, and Medea in Euripides’ Medea, for which she won an Outstanding Achievement in Acting award at NCTC in 2017. When she is not on stage she can often be found stage managing such works as Catawba’s Into the Woods. She would like to thank the amazing team that made this show possible. 

 

Kylie.jpgKylie Wooden - Professor Pierson

Kylie Wooden of Charlotte has been acting for eight years and has performed in roles ranging from Trinculo in Shakespeare’s The Tempest to the sea witch Ursula from Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Her most recent show would be The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barabara Robinson and produced by Children’s Theatre of Charlotte. She played Alice Wendleken for this musical’s 43 show run. Before the hit of COVID-19, Kylie was cast in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast as The Wardrobe.  She is a devout Christian and hopes that all of her endeavors can show the love of Christ in some way. She is a lover of all things nerdy and can usually be found reading or obsessing over fictional characters (especially Star Wars characters) in her spare time. “Looking forward I wish to inspire my future students by guiding them to become the best actors they can be. I hope to nurture and encourage their passion for the craft that I have come to love so much.”


JBHeadshot.jpgJB Yankosky
- Fascist Stranger

JB Yankosky played Zach Mooneyham in the 3rd production of School of Rock outside of Broadway at the Imperial Centre in Raleigh. JB also played Wayne Hopkins in the first production of Puffs on the East coast off-Broadway. He recently played Matt in All the Great Books (Abridged), and Cogsworth in Beauty and the Beast. JB is currently enrolled at Catawba College as a BFA Musical Theatre major. He has taken voice for several years as well as acting lessons. He is also certified and recommended in Unarmed Stage Combat by the SAFD. In his free time, JB is a musician. He sings, plays lead guitar, and writes for a new band known as “Livid Spirit”. He is looking forward to performing professionally within the next few years after graduation.

About the Production

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   Production Team

Director – Dr. Bradley Stephenson
Technical Director – Christopher Zink
Sound Designer – Chandler Fields
Stage Manager – Colleen Welday
Assistant Stage Manager – Abby Skibsted
Composer – Harmonie Anderson (piano pieces: 12am, Conversations, Reminiscing)
Grand Poobah of Streaming Audience Experience (experience) – David Pulliam
Sound Technicians – Izzy Morrison, Hayley McCann
Sound Board Operator – Kathy Caskey
Publicity – Nunna Noe, Sarah Rasey

   Cast

Delphia Borden                Weather Reporter, Gunner, Operator Four
Sarah Anne Burke            Announcer One
Dr. Kenneth Clapp             Mr. McDonald
Kenna Gokey                     Hallie Flanagan, Winston Field Reporter, Operator Five
Brielle Jobe                        Announcer three, Captain Lansing, Operator Three
Graycen Murray               Carla Philips
Robert Parks                      Mr. Wilmuth, Announcer Four
Lonny Saunders                General Smith, Secretary of Homeland Security, Observer, Operator One.
Miranda Sibbett                Police Officer, Langham Field Reporter, Officer, Operator Two
Mollie Wasserman           Announcer Two
Destiney Wolfe                 Basking Ridge Reporter, Commander Voght
Kylie Wooden                    Professor Pierson
JB Yankosky                       Fascist Stranger

 


Messages from the Cast

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Dramturg's Statement

Donna.jpgWar of the Worlds was first aired as a radio play across America on October 30, 1938.  For a multitude of reasons, this airing caused mass hysteria and panic in its listeners because many were convinced the play was reality.  Amid the era of the Great Depression, and with a rise in support for the Communist party and Marxism, it is no wonder why Americans feared the worst.  Focusing on problems of war, sickness, the supremacy of man, existence of extraterrestrials, and economic and societal failure, War of the Worlds is no doubt an intimidating listen even for those not experiencing economic depression.  In fact, in 1897 when the book was first written by H.G. Wells in London, the story’s focuses on colonizing forces over humanity and genocide echo what England was facing at the time with the Scramble for Africa and “the Irish Question” (Ireland’s calls for independence).  The Irish became a dehumanized group by many, stereotyped as being violent and drunk thanks to social eugenics theories by Malthus and Darwin etc., and Irish prejudice in England was of no short supply.  In our time of 2020, I am sure it is clear why we decided to put on this play, as we still experience instances of mass panic, depravity toward our fellow man, and economic and societal failure.  War of the Worlds is a timeless story that reminds every one of the power arts can and do have on an audience.   

- Donna K. Owens, Dramaturg

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