NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University Theatre and Dance will perform “The 39 Steps” Oct. 2-4 and Oct. 9-12 at 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 13 at 2 p.m. in Theatre West. Tickets are $15 and $12 those age 65 and over and children age 12 and under. A package of five tickets is available for $50. Reservations are required. To reserve a seat or get more information, call (318) 357-4483 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
“The 39 Steps” is adapted from the John Buchan novel by Patrick Barlow and originally conceived by Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon.
“Working on 39 Steps has been a lot of fun and hard work for all involved,” said director Scott Burrell. “This type of show demands a lot from not only the performers, but also the entire production team. The play has everything from a chase on top of a train to a man hunt through the Scottish moors.”
The play mixes a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, and a dash of Monty Python to create a fast-paced whodunit. “The 39 Steps” is a two-time winner of the Tony and Drama Desk Award. The cast of five plays more than 150 characters and features an on-stage plane crash, handcuffs, missing fingers and romance.
The cast is Richard Hannay of Slidell as John Portier and Cory Germany and Maria Hefte of Covington, Matt Richardson of Fayetteville, Ark., and Grace Vogel of Metairie as clowns.
Will Sawyer of Fulshear, Texas, is the set designer, Patrick Mahoney of Slidell is the light designer, Brittany Roy of Mandeville is costume designer. Cassidy Bowles of Tyler, Texas, and Savannah Callais of Cutoff are the prop designers. Kathy Hustmyre of Mandeville is stage manager and Keely Macloud of Slidell and Brandi Roessler of Westlake are assistant stage managers. Paul Pharris is sound designer and Phil Kidd is technical director.
“The four clowns in the play are responsible for playing a large number of characters as well as doing all the scene changes and lighting/sound effects,” said Burrell. “They really exhaust themselves during the show. I think the audience is going to enjoy this comedy, but I think they will be as surprised with how close the play stays true to the original novel and Hitchcock film.”
More information on the Northwestern Theatre and Dance 2013-14 season is available at theatre.nsula.edu/current-shows-at-northwestern-theatre-and-dance.