“Heartland Theatre Company is committed to promoting diversity and inclusion in our casting and production assignments. When casting and hiring we would like to encourage an openness to diverse and non-traditional choices.”


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Heartland Theatre Company will produce the classic radio drama, The War of the Worlds, an episode of the American radio drama anthology series The Mercury Theatre on the Air, directed and narrated by actor Orson Welles, originally performed and broadcast live as a Halloween episode on Sunday, October 30, 1938. Heartland Theatre’s production will be professionally audio-recorded and broadcast on local radio station WGLT 89.1 on October 30 at 8 pm. Following is our wonderful cast:

Announcer 1 CBS Announcer – Ariele Jones

Announcer 2 – Connie de Veer (Kyle Schiebel, Understudy)

Announcer 3  – Chuck Pettigrew

Announcer (Rooftop) – Vicky Snyder

Carl Phillips  – Wesley Skym (Dean Brown, Understudy)

Professor Richard Pierson – Mark de Veer (Jeff Ready, Understudy)

Mrs. Wilmuth – Carol Scott (Helen Engelbrecht, Understudy)

Brigadier General Montgomery Smith – G. William Zorn (Lolu Jimoh, Understudy)

Harry McDonald – Dave Krostal (David Gill, Understudy)

Captain Lansing – Jessi Reid-Swiech (Lynda Rettick, Understudy)

Secretary of the Interior – Dean Brown (G. William Zorn, Understudy)

Officer – Jeff Ready

Gunner – Carson Grey

Observer – Braden Tanner

Commander Voght – Abby Scott (Gayle Hess, Understudy)

Operator One – Rich Tinaglia

Operator Two – Jessielee Hinshaw

Operator Three – Minette Donhardt

Operator Four – Chris Stucky

Operator Five – Jennifer Maloy

Stranger – Dave Montague (Scott Myers, Understudy)
Thank you all for auditioning!

Auditions: (TENTATIVE) December 7 & 8, 2020 – 7-10 pm

Performances: (TENTATIVE) February 4,5,6 |11,12,13,14 |18,19,20 – 2021


Auditions: (TENTATIVE) February 22 & 23, 2021 – 7-10 pm

Performances: (TENTATIVE) April 2,3,4 | 8,9.10,11 | 15,16,17 – 2021


Auditions: Monday, April 26 & Tuesday, April 27; 7-10 pm – 2021


Performances (TENTATIVE) June 3,4,5 |10,11,12,13 | 17,18,19 | 24,25,26 – 2021



BIG BEAR LAKE by Alexander Wilkie, Moorsetown NJ

Imagine trying to make it in a wild and dangerous place—a place where it’s hard to know whether you’re predator or prey and where survival is anything but guaranteed. Yes, it takes courage to try to make it in Hollywood, and on top of everything else, you might wind up going camping!

Character breakdown: 2 women, 1 man —age 20s-40s

CAMPFIRE STORIES by Loretta Bolger Wish, Manaquan NJ

Staring into a campfire can give you a clear sense of who you really are. That same fire, unfortunately, won’t tell other people anything about who you really are, and that can lead to some awkward conversations.

Character breakdown: 3 men – middle-aged, 1 woman – age


Sometimes a campfire attracts beasties that don’t know who you are or what you’re doing there. Of course, your campfire might also attract a creature who knows you really well. That’s not necessarily better.

Character breakdown: 1 man – age 30s-40s, 1 woman – age 30s-40

ROLLING MY OWN by John Patrick Bray, Athens GA

There are times in life when you’re all wrapped up in external things and you feel like you just can’t move. Wouldn’t it be great if you had a couple of friends to pick you up and drag you out into the woods for a camping trip?

Character breakdown: 3 men – age 20s-50s

STAND EASY, STRANGER by Tod Shacklett, Victorville CA

When you’re deep in the forest, it’s like the rules of time and space don’t apply. The problem is that the rules of time and space don’t apply, even in places where the rules of time and space don’t apply.

Character breakdown: 2 men – age 25-50, 1 man – age 50-75

THE OTHER SIDE by Callie Minks, Danville KY

Hindsight is always 20/20, but hindhearing, hindsmelling, and hindtouching aren’t nearly that focused. This is the Heartland Theatre 10-minute Play Festival, though, so trust us when we say that sometimes all of the senses work together.

Character breakdown: 2 men – age 60s, 1 woman – age 60, 1 woman – age 20

THE STREAM by Brook North, Raleigh NC

Poets often say that time flows through our lives like water, bringing some things closer and carrying other things away. They’re always right.

Character breakdown: 1 woman, 2 men — middle-aged


Getting a chance to connect with the natural world is a wonderful thing. When the natural world decides to connect with you, though, it can make things a little uncomfortable around the campfire.

Character breakdown: 1 woman, 1 man — age 50s

Performances: (TENTATIVE) JUNE 3,4,5 | 10,11,12,13 | 17,18,19 | 24,25,26 – 2021


Auditions: (TENTATIVE) June 2021

Performances (TENTATIVE) July 23,24,256 – 2021


Auditions: (TENTATIVE) July 27 & 28, 2021 –  7-10 pm

Performances: (TENTATIVE) September 2,3,4 | 9,10,11,12 |16,17,18  – 2021


Auditions: (TENTATIVE) February 22 & 23, 2021 – 7-10 pm

Performances: (TENTATIVE) November 4,5,6 | 11, 12, 13, 14 | 18,19,20 – 2021



Watch this page for announcements of (or changes to) upcoming auditions!

If you are interested in becoming involved with Heartland on stage or behind the scenes, please submit our volunteer form, email [email protected] or call the Heartland Box Office at 309-452-8709.

Audition location: Heartland Theatre Company

Location: 1110 Douglas St, Normal IL 61761

Mailing Address:  PO Box 1833, Bloomington IL 61702


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