Open Auditions: “The War of the Worlds: The 1938 Radio Script”

Auditions for “The War of the Worlds: The 1938 Radio Script” by Howard E. Koch

Directed by Reinikka McKaughan

DATE: April 1st, 2017

TIME: 6:00 PM

LOCATION: Magenta Theater, 1108 Main Street, Vancouver, WA


Broadcast from New York's Mercury Theatre in 1938, this infamous radio play, based on the novel by H. G. Wells, had many terrified listeners convinced that an actual alien invasion of Earth was taking place. Adapted by Howard E. Koch, co-writer of Casablanca, and directed and narrated by Orson Welles, this original script detailing the frightening tale of an extraterrestrial takeover is now available to bring to life onstage to thrill and chill audiences.

Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Looking for actors 18 years and older. Male and Female

CHARACTERS (some actors may be given multiple roles and gender is flexible):


Announcer One

Announcer Two

Announcer Three

Reporter Carl Phillips

Professor Richard Pierson


Mr. Wilmuth

General Montgomery Smith

Vice-President Harry McDonald

Captain Lansing

Secretary of the Interior



Commander Voght

Operator One

Operator Two

Operator Three

Operator Four

Operator Five




Saturday May 20 7:30pm


Sat May 6, 1-5pm

Wed May 10, 6:30-9:30pm

Sat May 13, 1-5pm

Weds May 17, 6:30-9:30pm

Sat May 20, 1-5pm

  This will be a staged reading with minimal rehearsing time available, actors must attend all rehearsals. If an actor is unable to attend any rehearsals they will be replaced. Scripts will be in hands, no memorizing required! Props and costumes will be provided by the actors. This is volunteer driven and no pay or financial compensation will be given.