Members of the cast and production team for “A Sci-Fi Double Feature” look over a set of blueprints for the Nautilus submarine from “20,000 Leagues Under The Sea” prior to a recent rehearsal.

Colin Wasmund, theatre instructor in Western Carolina University’s School of Stage and Screen, has announced the cast for the upcoming radio production “A Sci-Fi Double Feature” that will feature H.G. Wells’ “The Time Machine” and Jules Verne’s “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.”

This is the ninth in a series of annual academic-based entertainment productions mounted in collaboration with three departments and two colleges at WCU. Wasmund is directing the show while Bruce Frazier, the university’s Belk Distinguished Professor of Commercial and Electronic Music, is serving as musical director and Don Connelly, head of the Department of Communication, is writer and producer.

The radio production will be staged before a live audience at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31, in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $15 general admission, $10 for faculty and staff, and $5 for students. Proceeds from the event are used to fund scholarships in the participating academic departments.

Each of the shows in the series hearkens back to the “Golden Age of Radio,” featuring a live orchestra and sound effects and produced only once before a live audience. The production group has won eight national broadcasting awards for its unique projects. The Oct. 31 show will be recorded for future radio broadcast.

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Originally published Oct. 4, 2017.


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