Orcutt Community Theater Presenting “War of the Worlds”


 I just hope people are going to start going to the theater again.  We are coming off a seventeen-month COVID break and I hope people are eager to get back to Orcutt Community Theater (OTC).

So pleads Alan Sutterfield, president of the board of directors of the local theatrical group. Following a year’s hiatus and after the three day run earlier this month of “FlameThrowers and Bean Counters” by local writer and director Wil Welsh, Sutterfield says the OTC is in rehearsal for “War of the Worlds”, a radio play that re-creates the original “War of the Worlds” 1939 broadcast.

 That portrayal of the H.G. Wells novel starring Orson Wells caused public panic for listeners who did not know the martian invasion portrayed in the broadcast was fictional.  The production takes place in the studios of a Manhattan radio station ten years after the 1938 original and recreates the broadcast as well as the events preceding it and the reactions to it. “War of the Worlds” is directed by Dixie Arthur and runs the weekends of October 15th through Halloween, October 31st.

Currently the thespians present productions in the KleinBauer Dance Studios, 3558 Skyway Drive, Bldg. 1, Ste A.  Sutterfield says the dance studio works fine. “We set it up with curtains, sets and props.  It’s not ideal but we are grateful to owner Irene Kleinbauer.”  

The local community theater began productions in 2017 in the drama room at Righetti High School.  At that time Arthur was the drama instructor and president of the OTC board.  

Next spring OTC will present a Steve Martin play “Picasso at the Lapin Agile” from February 18 through March 6.  Sutterfield says this play is a staple of community theater. “Steve Martin always manages to come up with surprises.  This play is clever, winsome; a comedy with not a lot of “belly” laughs, but a fine, funny comedy.”

Sutterfield then directs the Neil Simon comedy “Laughter on the 23rd Floor.” The director thinks this is Simon’s funniest play.   It is based on the experiences of the writer of the 1950’s television “Show of Shows・starring comedian Sid Caesar.  “It’s hilarious because it’s the story of comedy writers on a national TV show.・ The show runs April 29 through May 15, 2022.  Individual tickets are $15.00.

Sutterfield explains the local theater is always in the need of volunteers.  Volunteers build sets, provide crops and assist in so many ways・  If you would like to volunteer or become a member of the Orcutt Community Theater, go to the website: www.orcuttcommunitytheater.org