More than 80 years ago Orson Welles and his troupe of radio actors interrupted the Columbia Broadcasting System's programming to "report" that Earth had been invaded. The broadcast was a joke but people didn't know that and were scared. Some people supposedly jumped in their cars to flee the area of the "invasion."

The Opera House Theatre Players in Jefferson are presenting the famous broadcast of "War of the Worlds" from 1938 as the opening production of their 32nd season. The recreation runs for two performances on October 23-24 at Enoch's Wine and Coffee House, 116 Polk Street in downtown Jefferson.

Directing and starring in the show is Keith Lack, who was seen lastly in the "Players Radio Days" show in May. Lack has several decades of experience in stage acting as well as film work and prop-making and recreates the sound effects for the play utilizing the original script of the 1938 broadcast.

Others in the cast are Bob Hinckley, Marcia Thomas, Joe Warblaw, Andrew Dickson, and Joe Todaro. Lack will take the lead role of Orson Welles.

Tickets are on sale online at They are $25 per person and includes the show, wine and a dessert. Due to COVID restrictions, very limited seating is available for the two performances and advance purchases are urged. For information call (903) 665-8243.

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