The Cayman Drama Society is holding auditions for their new production, The 39 Steps, on Thursday, 28 February. Although The 39 Steps is most often associated with Alfred Hitchcock’s acclaimed thriller, the stage version, adapted by Patrick Barlow, from the novel by John Bucan, is most definitely a comedy.
There is a cast of just four – three men and one woman.
“One male role, that of our hero Richard Hannay, remains the same throughout, whilst the other three have to fill approximately 130 roles between them,” explains Penny Phillips, who will direct this new play. “There are three female roles, all played by the same actress who plays no other roles; therefore the final two men have to do everything else, including incidental female roles.”
Penny has been a member of the Cayman Drama Society since 1971 and has acted in and directed a number of plays over the years, as well as introducing the oh-so-English pantomime to Cayman. She’s looking for talented actors, with good comedic timing, who can play a multitude of roles.
“Nothing has been cut from this hilarious version of the spell-binding thriller. During the course of the play and during the escape of Hannay from, first, his flat in London and through the mad dash to and through Scotland, various other characters either help or attempt to apprehend our hero, necessitating these characters to swap roles as the plot continues to its dramatic conclusion back in London.”
Actors will also need to have a high level of fitness.
“All the dashing about by all the characters requires them to be able to sustain the frenetic pace throughout the play – probably the equivalent of a half marathon,” Penny adds.
Those wishing to audition need not register in advance, they can just show up at the Prospect Playhouse in Red Bay at 7pm.
“We are not offering full or partial scripts in advance, since I want everyone to have same basic starting point,” Penny explains. Instead, she recommends looking at some excerpts from the play in either its London or North American production on YouTube to get a general idea of the roles you might be playing.
For additional information on the forthcoming auditions, e-mail [email protected]