Playgoers of Lethbridge’s February production of “The 39 Steps” requires a multi-talented cast.
Auditions are at 7 p.m. both Wednesday, Dec. 4 and Friday, Dec. 6.
The production takes place at the Yates Theatre, Feb. 12-15. It is approximately 90 minutes long.
“It‘s based on the Alfred Hitchcock movie, ‘The 39 Steps,’” said director Stephen Graham, who has performed in several Playgoers Of Lethbridge productions including The Importance of Being Earnest and How the Other Half Loves. He directed a successful production in this year’s One Act Play Festival. He is excited about directing his first main stage production for Playgoers of Lethbridge. The movie was inspired by Scottish novelist John Buchan’s 1915 adventure novel “The 39 Steps,” which was in turn was rewritten into a 2005 play by Patrick Barlow.
“It’s as much fun as the movie but as a play with four actors,” Graham described.
The hero is Richard Hanney a 40 something man who gets caught in the middle of an adventure and along the way has romantic entanglements with three women all to be played by one actress. The other two actors are a “cast of thousands” who perform everything else from an entire Scottish pipe band to Mrs. Higgins — a Mrs. Doubtfire like character.
While the original novel takes place during the First World War, the Alfred Hitchcock movie is set in the Second World War, which is where the play is also set.
“It is a really fun story,” said Graham, adding the roles require a very talented cast.
“ But Lethbridge has a lot of talent,” he said.