RUSKIN — Actors will perform a staged version of the original radio broadcast of The War of the Worlds in honor of the 75th anniversary of its infamous airing, which resulted in mass hysteria.
MAS Community Theatre will perform the broadcast live in the style of period broadcasting at 8 p.m. Friday at the Firehouse Cultural Center in Ruskin. James Rayfield will direct the production.
On Oct. 30, 1938, listeners were shocked when radio news alerts described the arrival of Martians in tiny Grovers Mill, N.J. Panic ensued at hearing further descriptions of the attack. It has long been said that folks ran from their homes, some packing bags and fleeing in their cars.
What radio listeners actually heard was a portion of Orson Welles' infamous adaptation of the well-known book The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells.
MAS Community Theatre will perform a re-creation of the original Mercury Theatre broadcast.
Advance tickets are $10 for members, $14 for nonmembers and $12 for students and seniors (65 and older). Tickets purchased on the day of the show are $12 for members, $16 for nonmembers and $12 for students and seniors. Call (813) 645-7651 for tickets and more information.
MAS Community Theatre also will stage the show at 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road. Tickets are similarly priced. Call (813) 269-1310.