"Cronkite" Captivates Audience with Multi-Media Show

By Sean Everson | severson@kq2.com, Bridget Blevins | bblevins@kq2.com

Published 08/01 2014 02:37PM

Updated 08/01 2014 02:47PM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) One of the country's most well-known news anchors - Walter Cronkite - is coming to life through a performance at Missouri Western State University.

"Cronkite" uses video, photographs and audio clips to recount some of the biggest moments in history.

"What sort of a day was it? A day like all others - filled with those events that alter and illuminate our times," actor Jim Korinke said on-stage during the performance at Missouri Western Friday.

From recent turmoil to the stories that shaped our country, Cronkite delivered them in a way only he could and Korinke hopes to do the part justice in this one-man show.

"I can't believe that this fell into my life," said Korinke.

Korinke landed the role of Cronkite for the show based on a CNN interview with Larry King.

"Two things I was most concerned about were 'can I sound like Walter Cronkite and, uh, more importantly, can I look like Walter Cronkite?'"

The show's director felt Korinke had the voice and the look. And, that he could bring Cronkite to life with no one else on stage.

"Rarely do you get a chance as an actor to embody someone or let someone embody you, take residence inside of you. And this is one of those opportunities," he said.

Backed by the multimedia show, Korinke - as Cronkite - shares his thoughts on World War II, the Vietnam War and 9/11.

"You've got video going on, photographs, and audio as well. And, it really just, along with the underscore, it just brings everything to life," said Tara Stoll, video communications producer for Missouri Western.

Stoll and Missouri Western's video communications team helped bring it all together.

"We were in charge of taking what was on the paper and sort of bringing that to life with, with the way that Jim brings Walter to life," she said.

And, in just a matter of minutes, the audience is taken to a different place in time with the help of the "most trusted man in America."

"He influences my other decisions in life other than the show," said Korinke.

"It feels good to have it, uh, completed and to know that people are really enjoying it," added Stoll.

Cronkite runs about 25 minutes. The show will be scheduled as requested for tour groups visiting the Walter Cronkite Memorial and for field trips. Other public performances have not been scheduled yet.

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