Katy HS Theatre Streams Stage Production of ‘War of the Worlds’


September 29, 2020

By Jennifer Miko 

Audiences from Katy, and around the world, can watch the Katy High School Theatre Department’s stage production of War of the Worlds. Their live recording of the classic Orson Welles radio broadcast will be streamed on Broadway on Demand Thursday through Sunday.

Nate Sarlls in KHS's theatrical broadcast of "War of the Worlds"

The creative directors of Katy High School’s (KHS) Theatre Department found a way to share their company’s fall show without filling a seat in the auditorium. Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, their production of War of the Worlds will be showcased online providing a safe way for friends and family all over the world to see the show. Patrons can purchase tickets to watch any of the performances on Broadway on Demand.

Showtimes are Thursday to Sunday, October 1-4 at 7 p.m., and a matinee on Sunday, October 4 at 2 p.m.

Creative Theatre Company Adds to Resume

The KHS Theatre department has presented productions that have exceeded audiences’ expectations. In the past two years, the students performed A Midsummer Night’s Dream in a sand-covered theatre in the round, and the technical production crew constructed a swimming pool in their Black Box for Metamorphoses.

This year, the KHS Theatre Directors gave the students three plays to consider for the fall show, and the overwhelming majority voted to produce War of the Worlds, the radio broadcast based on the H.G. Wells novel. When the program originally aired on October 30, 1938, many listeners were frightened. They believed the "reporters'" accounts of an alien attack and were convinced the country was being invaded.

“In the age of COVID-19, I believe our students were craving the opportunity to produce a production with circumstances that mirror our own,” says Katy Tagliabue, Head Theatre Director at KHS. “However, what I think really drew them in was the ability to be the master of fear. For once, they get to be the thing that goes bump in the night.”

The KHS production of War of the Worlds gives the audience an insider-look at a 1930s radio studio, where voice actors recorded their scenes, scripts in hand, and generated sound effects.