2017-2018 PLAYlabs Productions

PLAYlabs are experiences that provide a chance for GREAT to be brave and take bold artistic risks as we venture into the new.  We need to take risks because we believe you can’t create something new without going somewhere that makes you a little bit uncomfortable. We’re always asking questions. We’re never satisfied with the status quo. It’s the secret to how we find the extraordinary. If you like a little risk with your theater experience, PLAYlabs is for you. The Great River Educational Arts Theatre and the Learning Lab Theatre go hand in hand and each play a role in achieving the vision of building life skills through quality arts education.

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PLAYlabs: The War of The Worlds

GREAT Theatre and KVSC 88.1FM at St. Cloud State University are teamed up to bring the infamous radio drama The War of The Worlds live to the stage and radio. The legendary show that caused a national panic in 1938 by Orson Welles and The Mercury Theater was performed live on-stage at Helgeson Learning Lab Theatre and broadcast and streamed live on KVSC radio! 

The Cast

ANNOUNCER 1/GUNNER: David Symalla
ANNOUNCER 2: Rachel Saliares
ANNOUNCER 3/OPERATOR 1: Jake Hagerdorn
PHILLIPS/OFFICER: Phillip Hoelscher
PIERSON: Jeffrey Bleam
WILMUTH/COMMANDER: Josh Snead
CAPTAIN/OPERATOR 4: Nicholas Brutscher
OBSERVER/STRANGER: Joel Miron
SMITH/SECRETARY/OPERATOR 3: Jennifer Lawrence
POLICEMAN/MCDONALD/OPERATORS 2&5: Chad Holien
FOLEY SOUND ARTIST: Drew Sevcik