The Department of Theatre Arts announces auditions for The 39 Steps by Patrick Barlow. A reinvention of Alfred Hitchcock’s movie based upon John Buchan’s novel, this play adaptation is a fast-paced and inventive comedy (yes, comedy). Set in 1935, the story follows Richard Hannay as he works to clear his name after he is framed for murder as well as save Great Britain from an international spy ring. His adventures take him from England into Scotland, through numerous locales, and into the lives of many people before he finally solves the secret of The 39 Steps. Roles are available for 3 men, 3 women, and 2 non-speaking stage hands.
Auditions are open to all students (regardless of major), staff, faculty, and members of the community. Please arrive early and bring a list of calendar conflicts to the auditions.
Auditions will be comprised of cold readings from the script. Callbacks may include some improvisational scenarios.
Rehearsals begin Wednesday, March 5, at 8:00 pm. We will not rehearse during Spring Break.
Performance dates may be found here.
Richard Hannay – Male. 37. British. The story’s protagonist. Initially an unassuming bachelor fighting ennui, Hannay finds himself framed for murder after a chance encounter with a German agent at the theatre. Vain, highly intelligent, resourceful, confident, and often condescending.
Clown #1 – Male. Must be physically toned and have remarkable endurance. Dialects: Possibly German; definitely Scottish, Cockney, British. Plays both male and female characters of all ages and physicalities. Needs a good sense of comic timing. Versatility is essential.
Clown #2 – Male. Must be physically toned and have remarkable endurance. Dialects: German, Scottish, Cockney, British. Plays both male and female characters of all ages and physicalities. Needs a good sense of comic timing. Versatility is essential.
Annabella Schmidt – Female. 20s-40s. German. Beautiful, mysterious, sexy. A double agent who fears for her life and seeks the help of Richard Hannay. She reveals a secret involving national security to him.
Margaret McTyte – Female. 20s. Scottish. A pretty, young bride wed to a much older, controlling man. Innocent. Easily impressed by Hannay and his British life. Desires adventure and love.
Pamela Edwards – Female. 20s-30s. British. Every bit Hannay’s equal in intelligence, resourcefulness, and action though initially distrustful of Hannay and his plight. Breathtakingly beautiful and very strong willed. Edwards and Hannay personify the perfect love/hate relationship.
Stage Hands – Male or Female. No dialogue. These individuals will be dressed in period costume and be used to move scenery in and out of the playing space, set lights, and contribute to certain special-effects moments. They will also be used to fill out scenes and play ancillary characters when needed.
The Department of Theatre Arts holds open auditions and invites all students, regardless of major, to audition. Faculty, staff, and community members are also welcome to participate.
Directors make casting decisions based upon the following:
Auditions are typically comprised of cold readings from the script. However, they may also include improvisation, movement studies, and dialect readings. Musical auditions require each individual to prepare at least sixteen bars from a previously produced musical (accompaniment is provided). Please bring a copy of your sheet music.
Auditions are announced at least two weeks prior to the audition date via departmental email, ETBU This Week, Tiger Daily, and the website.
If you have questions about the audition process, the time commitment involved, or about a particular production, please do not hesitate to contact the faculty of the Department of Theatre Arts.