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Tonight is Last Night for 'War of the Worlds' Reading

Improv comedy show set for Nov. 3.

War of the Worlds,” an authentic staged reading of the original radio drama, opens Wednesday for a three performance engagement at the River’s Edge Theatre in Yorkville. 

Performances of PR Productions’ “War of the Worlds” are at 7 p.m. on October 31, and November 1-2, 2012. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under. A coupon for two dollars off one admission can be found by searching for PR Productions on Facebook. A costume contest will be held at each performance, with the best costume awarded a prize. 

PR Productions will present a staged reading of the original radio drama “War of the Worlds,” opening on Halloween , and an Improv Comedy Night the first Saturday in November at the River’s Edge Theatre in Yorkville.

“War of the Worlds” was first performed as a Halloween radio drama from the Mercury Theatre Players on October 30, 1938, and aired over the Columbia Broadcasting System radio network. Directed and narrated by actor and future filmmaker Orson Welles, the episode was an adaptation of H. G. Wells's novel “The War of the Worlds.”

The first two thirds of the 60-minute ‘radio broadcast’ are presented as a series of simulated news bulletins, which suggest that an actual alien invasion by Martians is currently in progress. In the days following the original broadcast, there was widespread outrage and panic by certain listeners who had believed the events described in the program were real. 

“This is one production where we actually will invite the audience to close their eyes,” said Kris Pagoria, Director of the production. “This is a radio show, and each cast member is portraying a multitude of characters, through voice acting, in order to bring the production to life.”

The production will also feature original sound effects, created with the use of household items, as it would have been done before digital production was on the forefront. 

Audience members will see the broadcast unfold, as if they were sitting in the front row of the radio studio. 

“War of the Worlds” stars Tom Merkel and Kris Pagoria of Sandwich, Christopher Roe of Plano, Elizabeth Stevenson of Millington and Jacquie Weirich of Oswego. Original sound effects will be created by Danielle Pagoria, also of Sandwich. 

PR Productions’ will also present an Improv Comedy Night at 8:30 p.m. on November 3, 2012, also at the River’s Edge. All tickets are $12. 

If you love “Whose Line is it Anyway?” where everything is made up, nothing is scripted and suggestions are taken from the audience, then you’ll love PR Productions’ Improv Comedy Night. Their talented actors (or less than talented) will deliver a hilarious show, while creating scenes, characters and situation on the spot. 

Tickets for each production may be purchased by clicking on the appropriate logo at www.wewantpr.com or by calling 630-882-0035.

For more information on “War of the Worlds” or Improv Comedy Night, log on to www.wewantpr.com.

Information provided by PR Productions

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