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Student Actors Produce Radio Hour

Jenna Bee
Faculty, staff, students and families have re-engineered many parts of their lives this spring and Derryfield performing arts is no exception. The thirteen-student cast of Twelve Angry Jurors met for one rehearsal before Spring Break and they expected to resume when they returned to campus. As we know, the return to campus has yet to occur, but that didn’t stop the Derryfield Players from creating another masterpiece.

As soon as they heard they wouldn’t be back on campus after break, Artistic Director, Bill Westenberg and the students rallied around an alternate plan: a radio broadcast of H.G. Welles’ War of the Worlds. The broadcast was envisioned, developed and performed as an adaptation of Orson Welles’ classic broadcast, which was famous for catching many of its listeners off-guard when it originally aired in 1938. 

Mr. Westenberg reports that the students “immediately and enthusiastically accepted the opportunity to learn something new and went about it with the same energy, creativity, discipline and diligence that they would have for Twelve Angry Jurors.” Members of the cast acknowledge that their first foray into the world of voice acting was challenging, but very rewarding. In a time where they were missing their teachers and classmates, the students were grateful to connect and collaborate on a project that brought so much joy to the community.

The performance aired on Thursday May 14 at 6:00 p.m., via the Anchor platform, in living rooms across Southern New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and beyond. “The show was received enthusiastically by the listening audience,” Mr. Westenberg says, “and we've been asked if we can continue doing radio shows!” So stay tuned for the next audio production!
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