It's quite the production...
Lexington Christian Academy has a multi-decade tradition of integrating the visual and performing arts with faith, as is evidenced by the existence of The Cross Worship and Performing Arts Center. We produce full-scale musicals, classic plays, literary adaptations, and original scripts (including cast devised and student-written plays) as a co-curricular enterprise with students playing prominent roles not only on stage but in tech and design capacities as well. Hang around after the show, and join in lively talkback sessions with our students.
While we love a good show here at LCA, we love a good process even more, and we love to reflect on what we're learning about the theatre, the world, ourselves, and our God.
The War of the Worlds: The 1938 Radio Script, by Howard E. Koch, will be presented live on stage by LCA Upper School students on Friday and Saturday, February 22 & 23 at 7 p.m. Based on the 1897 sci-fi novel by H.G. Wells, this script dramatizes an unfolding Martian invasion in the tri-state area around NYC. Originally performed live on radio on October 30, 1938, the so-called "panic broadcast" fooled some people into believing that America was being overrun by aliens.
Our production uses lots of media - live theatre, radio, sound effects, video, shadows, silhouettes, puppetry, and abstract movement - to explore how easy it is as humans to allow our worst fears to color our view of reality. Though somewhat dated, the dystopian landscape of the aftermath of this fictional invasion propels us to reflect on the meaning, fragility, and value of life on earth.
Like all good sci-fi, our show can be expected to spook you a little and entertain you a lot! All ages are welcome, but audiences are cautioned that the play contains disturbing and apocalyptic imagery. Our research for this production has included not only the original broadcast, but also other traumatic moments in American history, including the Hindenburg disaster, the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and 9/11.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students at the door.
There is an open dress rehearsal on Thursday, February 21 at 5:30 that is free of charge.
Theatre Director, Christopher Greco
After I graduated from Brandeis University with an MFA in Playwriting, former headmaster, Barry Koops, invited me to become LCA's first ever dedicated theatre faculty. I eagerly returned in 2013 after the grand opening of the Cross Worship and Performing Arts Center, having served as an arts and worship pastor during the intervening 15 years. While pastoring, I had the privilege of creating an original musical with Canadian worship leader, Brian Doerksen, based on Luke 15 (www.prodigal-god.com). I serve as the Pastor of Worship at Antioch Church of Waltham, and I am also a master's level counselor with a degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.