Cassidy Theatre Presents...
'The 39 Steps'
by Patrick Barlow
Adapted from the John Buchan Novel and Alfred Hitchcock Film
Directed by Louis R. Petrucci
Preview - February 6th, 2020
Run - February 7th - 23rd
Auditions: November 10th & 11th, 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Callbacks: By invitation only - November 14th, 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
What to Prepare:
Nothing! We will be providing sides and scenes for cold readings at the auditions and callbacks. There will be no appointments necessary, but we do ask interested parties to arrive as early on in the night as possible to be able to read against other auditionees.
In The 39 Steps, a man with a boring life meets a woman with a thick accent who says she’s a spy. When he takes her home, she is murdered. Soon, a mysterious organization called “The 39 Steps” is hot on the man’s trail in a nationwide manhunt that climaxes in a death-defying finale!
Richard Hannay - (Male, Mid 20s - 40s) Having just returned to England after serving as an intelligence officer in the Boer war, Hannay finds life in London dull and tiring. Although Hannay describes himself as ordinary, he is the typical English gentleman hero – well educated, rich, strong, dashing and suave, looking for fun and adventure. He is described by others as thirty-seven years old, attractive with a pencil moustache. Later when on the run he is described as, “slightly more rugged-looking, which makes him look even better looking than he did before.” Looking for a quiet night at the theatre, he is thrust into the world of espionage and he feels it is his duty to put his country’s interest before his own safety. He is the hapless hero of the play, wrongly accused of murder and pursued by the authorities through a series of highly improbable adventures. Role requires strong British dialect work.
Annabella Schmidt/Pamela/Margaret - (Female, Mid 20s - 40s) The roles of Annabella, Pamela, and Margaret are played by the same actor throughout the production. Anabella is the beautiful, mysterious German woman Richard meets at a London theatre. She tells him she is a spy and gives him clues to a mystery before her untimely and suspicious death. Pamela is met by Richard on a train to Scotland, as he is pursued by the police. They meet again at a rally - each encounter, however, she gives him up to the authorities believing him to be dangerous. However, when she finds herself reluctantly hand-cuffed to our hero, her tune changes and she tries to help him. Finally, Margaret is the wife of a Scottish farmer who invites Richard into their home. She flirts with him through the night, enraging her husband, and helps Richard continue to avoid the police. Role will require strong German, British, and Scottish dialect work.
The Clowns - (M/F, Various) The two clowns serve as the rest of the 150+ characters in the show. To attempt to list them all here would be folly; strong and varying dialect skills and even stronger comedic chemistry are required. The clowns are not limited by gender or age (both as characters and performers, to clarify); however, a quick step and strong arm are helpful, as there are many instances where the clowns may have to double as our fourth-wall-shattering stage crew.