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April 28, 2012    Bookmark and Share


Follow The 39 Steps to an Evening of Laughter and Suspense

Rehearsals are well underway for Gaslight Theater's production of The 39 Steps, which will open May 18th at Hallowell City Hall.

The 39 Steps is based on the 1935 Alfred Hitchcock film of the same name. However, all roles in this past-paced whodunit are played by only four actors. The 39 Steps has been described as a Hitchcock masterpiece mixed with a juicy spy novel, with a dash of Monty Python.

The plot closely follows the classic Hitchcock film. Canadian Richard Hannay (Tom Dix) is leading a boring life in London. Out for amusement at a London music hall, he meets a woman with a mysterious accent (Juli Brooks). When shots are fired and he takes her home for safety, she is murdered. Soon, a shadowy organization called "The 39 Steps" is hot on Hannay's trail in a nationwide manhunt that climaxes in a death-defying finale.

In Hannay's travels he meets a plucky young Englishwoman (again Juli Brooks) and a sweet Scottish farm wife (also Brooks). Two actors (Mike Clements and Chris Cart) play all the rest of the enemies and allies Hannay meets along the way. Clements and Cart jump in and out of costumes (male and female), hats and accents with lightning speed, sometimes in mid-conversation. As if this is not enough, The 39 Steps also features an escape from a moving train, an on-stage plane crash, handcuffs, missing fingers, bagpipes and romance.

Gaslight's production of The 39 Steps is directed by Lynette Miller. Assistant Director and Co-Producer is Ellen Clair Lamb; Marc Loiselle co-produces.

The 39 Steps is a 2-time Tony® and Drama Desk Award-winner.

Performance dates for The 39 Steps are:

  • May 18th and 19th, 7:30 pm
  • May 20th, 2:00 matinee
  • May 24th, 25th and 26th, 7:30 pm

Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for students and seniors (60 and up). For reservations, call 626-3698. All performances are at Hallowell City Hall.

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