The Scene: CFCC puts twist on stage version of sci-fi classic

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CFCC's Fine Arts and Humanities Center hosts its first student production, a stage adaptation of 'War of the Worlds,' tonight. Courtesy image.
CFCC’s Fine Arts and Humanities Center hosts its first student production, a stage adaptation of ‘War of the Worlds,’ tonight.
Courtesy image.

A sci-fi classic is coming to life on the local stage.

Cape Fear Community College’s drama department presents H.G. Wells’ “War of the Worlds” at 8 p.m. tonight (Friday) at the college’s newly opened performing arts center, 703 N. Third St.

The performance marks 77 years since Mercury Theatre’s radio adaptation of the novel, which is about Martians invading Earth. When in 1938 it first aired–presented as a news bulletin–listeners believed the mock broadcast to be true, causing quite a panic.

CFCC’s version will features four students–Jordan Spillers, Seth Lee, Blake Howard and Micah Bryant. Bryant will serve as a Foley artist, creating live sound throughout the show with a variety of props.  WHQR production manager George Scheibner will headline the show, reprising Orson Welles’ original role.

While the unique performance is a first for the area, it will also be the first time CFCC students have performed at the Humanities and Fine Arts Center. Under the direction of lead drama instructor Jack Landry, students have been getting ready for the show since October.

“The students and I built 24 risers for the audience, hung every light, adjusted speakers, set up the board, built a stage and painted it entirely for this production,” Landry said.

Landry and his students updated the original script, as well as added in a few recognizable regional landmarks and communities.

“The goal is, as Orson originally put it, ‘to deliver a holiday present’ to the audience.  If we do our job, hopefully a few folks will believe, as the original audience did, that the Martians have landed and are wreaking havoc,” said Landry.

Tickets are $25 ($5 for CFCC students). Click here for tickets or more information.

Looking for more weird and wild fun? Or just want to escape the costumed crowds on Halloween? Either way, we’ve got you covered in our weekly arts and entertainment roundup.

You’ll find more information about the items listed below–plus lots more happenings around town–on The Scene, our free community events calendar.

Music

Flytrap Brewing presents a free live show from South Carolina folk and Americana group Sweet Sweet at 8 p.m. tonight (Friday). Pepe’s Taco Truck will serve up Mexican street food from 7 to 11.

South Carolina folk duo Sweet Sweet plays a free show tonight at Flytrap Brewing. Photo courtesy Flytrap Brewing.
South Carolina folk duo Sweet Sweet plays a free show tonight at Flytrap Brewing. Photo courtesy Flytrap Brewing.

Local musician David Dixon plays a free show tonight at Sweet n’ Savory Pub. The show gets underway at 8 p.m.
Singer/songwriter and guitarist Jim Ashley performs outside at Belle’s Bar Local from 8 to 11 p.m. tonight. Admission is free.

North Carolina’s own Birds and Arrows celebrates the release of its CD, “Edge of Everything,” with a concert and party tonight at Bourgie Nights. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. and the show starts at 9:30. Admission is $12.

Sweet n’ Savory Pub hosts the all-day Halloween-themed Boograss Fest Saturday. The free event features a variety of foot-stomping bluegrass bands performing throughout the day and night.

Theater/Comedy

Comedian Andy Woodhull brings his stand-up to Dead Crow Comedy Room tonight. Woodhull has appeared on “The Tonight Show” and “Late Night with Conan O’Brien.” Show times are set for 7 and 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $14-$18.

a zombie, a vampire, and a werewolf walk into a bar…” continues at TheatreNOW dinner theater at 7 p.m. tonight. A second performance is scheduled for 7 p.m. The play, which tells the story of three ladies of the night venturing out for a night on the town, is for mature audiences only. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $34 for dinner and the show ($20 show only).

THCPA Cube Theatre presents an encore presentation of “On Golden Pond” at 7:30 p.m. tonight and Saturday at Thalian Hall’s Ruth and Bucky Stein Theater. The classic tale stars local actors Tony Rivenbark, Suellen Yates, Rachel Lewis Hilburn, Donald Bland and Aiden Malone. Tickets are $25.

City Stage presents the campy musical, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” at 8 p.m. tonight through Sunday. Tickets are $18-$25.

Hilary Snow is a reporter at Port City Daily. Reach her at hilary.s@portcitydaily.com.