Students of the North Hunterdon Theater Organization will present their first ever radio theater production, “The Lost World” on October 24th, 29th and 30th. The performance will be broadcast live to the home audience in 1930s style radio drama, featuring a presenter (Senior Grace Gartlgruber) and vintage style radio commercials. The play is based on the 1912 novel by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and adapted for audio performance by John de Lancie from a script by Lancie written with Nat Segaloff.
Doyle’s novel explores the possibility that real dinosaurs still live in South America. The play follows an Amazon expedition of scientists, including Professor Challenger, played by North Hunterdon senior Joseph McDevitt. Accompanied by journalist Ned Malone (senior Evan Tomljanovich), explorer Sir John Roxton (senior Sam Montemurro) and scientist / professor Summerlee (senior Alicia Chapman), Challenger leads the quest to find prehistoric life in the 20th century, while Malone reports to his Daily Gazette editor, Angus McArdle (senior Raymond Setaro). Part of Malone’s motivation for the trip is to impress his wayward fiancee, Gladys Hungerton (eldest Annie Meyer).
The other characters in the story are scientists Dr Meldrum (senior Amelia Milza) and Dr. Illingworth (senior Alexander Paige), South American guide Gomez (sophomore Daniel Decker), Copy Boy (sophomore Philip Mathew ), Sir George Beaumont (second year Bobby Fasciano), a tribal chief (second year Alek Lipinski) and a monkey king (Grace Gartlgruber). The actors recording the crowd sounds for the production are Maggie Dean, Kayla French, Hanorah Hyland, Anneliese Johnson, Brynn Long, Cassandra Mitros, Vanessa Moline, Samantha Muller, Morgan Treece and Avery Wrba. Anna Kuglin is the student manager.
Educational advisors for the production are director Mary Meo, theater coordinators Regina Cavo and Karen Ellis, theater technical coach Kevin Byrne, team director Aaron Willsey and promotion officers Jacqueline Rhoads and Mary Piazza.
Show hours are at 7 p.m. on Saturday October 24, Thursday October 29 and Friday October 30. Access to the show’s password-protected live audio is $ 5 per ticket and can be obtained at NHTO.booktix.com. Live streaming of the show is being made, with special permission, with Dramatic Publishing Company, for private home audiences only.