Theatre Bristol On Air presents “Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe”

Theatre Bristol On Air Presents “Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe,” an Out-of-this-World Radio Drama

Announcing the Cast to Air in May on and on 89.5 WETS May 19 at 8:00 PM

Bristol, Tennessee/Virginia, March 2021 – Theatre Bristol is “Keeping Drama On –and Off– Stage,” with the first Theatre Bristol On Air production of the 2021 season, “Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe,” featuring a talented cast under the direction of Dottie Havlik.

The #TBKDOS Series launched with Theatre Bristol On Air, a radio drama throw-back to Theatre Bristol’s days of “Don’t Touch That Dial.” Theatre Bristol On Air’s production of “Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe” will air on radio 89.5 WETS May 19 at 8:00 Pm. Mid-May, the program will also be available on various podcast services and the Theatre Bristol website.

Disaster seems imminent when scientists discover that the planet Mongo is about to crash into Earth. Luckily, heroic young Flash Gordon is on hand to lead an investigative mission into outer space and onto the speedily approaching planet. There he and his best girl, Dale, who is along for the ride, learn that Ming, the devious ruler of Mongo, has purposely put the planet on a collision course with Earth, and only Flash can stop him.

Leading the outer-space adventure is Dottie Havlik, serving as director and the program announcer. The cast is made up of both long-time veterans, as well as some new-to-Theatre Bristol performers, including Joey Collard as Flash Gordon, James Francis as Emperor Ming the Merciless, Courtney Hay as the Announcer and High Priestess, Steve Humphrey as King Vultan, Andrew Hunt as Dr. Hans Zarkov, Terry Marek as Captin Torch, Captain Nova, and Cooper, Michael Malloy as Prince Thun, Pilot, and Guard, Amy Reid as Dale Arden, Mary Ellis Rice as Princess Aura, and Hunter Wilson as Prince Barin. Camille Gray is the stage manager and soundographer, and Samantha Gray is the producer.

“Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe” follows Theatre Bristol On Air’s past successes, “The War of the Worlds” directed by Dottie Havlik, “A Christmas Carol” directed by Glenn Patterson, and “The Hound of the Baskervilles” directed by Glenn Patterson.

Visit for more #TBKDOS opportunities including Theatre Bristol Scripted for all ages and Quaranteam Theatre Bristol for families. The #TBKDOS Series offers three safe ways to get involved that together preserve elements of live performance: auditions, casting, rehearsals, storytelling, acting, community, fun, entertainment, and  audiences too. 

Theatre Bristol appreciates the support of the Tennessee Arts Commission of our newly revised 2021 Season, as well as the support of our arts sponsors: the City of Bristol, TN, Leticia Peltzer ENT & Allergy Consultants, ETSU Cross-Disciplinary Studies, Citizens Bank, HVAC Inc., Summit BSR Roofing, Seaman Corporation, Stephanie Snelson, DDS, Food City, Party Central, Guthrie Dentistry, M&M Bookkeeping and Tax Services, Celebrate Rentals, Blackbird Bakery, WCYB News 5, The Loafer, The Bristol Herald Courier, The Home Depot, and WETS 89.5 FM. Thank you to our graphic designer Haley White for our Series design.

If you love your community theatre you can help nonprofits like Theatre Bristol. Theatre Bristol has lost a significant amount of income that it cannot recoup without community support. We hope you make a contribution, of any size, and help us continue. To donate online visit: or mail a check to 512 State, Bristol, TN 37620. Thank you.

Follow Theatre Bristol’s website and Facebook page for details and updates on our #TBKDOS Series.

Founded in 1965, Theatre Bristol is the oldest continually running children’s theatre in northeast Tennessee. Its Main Stage season consists of up to six productions. Some of its performances take place in the ARTspace, a multi-purpose, black box theatre which seats up to 120, and other performances are on stage at the Paramount Center for the Arts. Theatre Bristol is volunteer run and we invite you to get involved.

For more information, visit Theatre Bristol’s website or Facebook page, contact Theatre Bristol at 423-212-3625, or email

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