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The Martians are coming…and that could mean you!


The Ashland Players will hold auditions for their October production of Orson Welles’s 1938 radio broadcast of The War of the Worldson Saturday, August 25 and Sunday, August 26, from 2pm to 4pm at Ashland Coffee and Tea (100 N. Railroad Ave, Ashland, VA). This production will be a staged reading, in character, performed the last weekend in October. Rehearsals will be held approximately twice per week on weekday evenings in September and October.


Casting needs call for at least four adult men and one adult woman. No prior performance experience or memorization of lines necessary, but the ability to perform credibly in different voices is required because of doubling. Auditioners should have a short (2-3 minute) modern monologue prepared and might also be asked to read a speech or two from the script. In addition to actors, the Ashland Players are seeking volunteers to help with duties such as live sound effects, costuming, publicity, and front-of-house. To reserve an audition slot, or volunteer in another capacity, email


The Ashland Players is dedicated to making meaningful, accessible, and enjoyable theater part of the cultural life of Ashland and the surrounding communities. For more information about the Players, The War of the Worldsauditions, or to become a sponsor for the Ashland Players’ inaugural season, visit or contact