39 Steps Auditions
Director Brian Yarborough will hold auditions for The 39 Steps adapted by Patrick Barlow from the novel by John Buchan and the film by Alfred Hitchcock on Sunday, August 29 and Monday, August 30 at the WCP theatre starting at 7:00 pm each night.
They will consist of cold readings from the script. Be prepared to do English and Scottish accents.
The woman should be able to do German and Russian as well, but they don’t have to be good.
Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have The 39 Steps, a fast-paced whodunit for anyone who loves the magic of theatre! This two-time Tony® and Drama Desk Award-winning treat is packed with nonstop laughs, over 150 zany characters, an onstage plane crash, handcuffs,missing fingers, and some good old-fashioned romance!
Available roles are:
Richard Hannay: 30’s. Handsome Englishman and ladies’ man. Typical leading man type. The hero of the play, and the only one who plays the same character the entire time. Hannay witnesses the murder of Annabella and spends the remainder of the play evading the police who believe him to be her killer and the crooks who want him dead. A very physical role, demanding great comic timing.
Clown 1: Any age. Must be very versatile, have the ability to do many accents, be physically fit and have great comic timing. Plays at least 14 parts including John McTyte: an ancient and surly Scottish farmer; Mrs. Louisa Jordan: a severe-looking, grey-haired lady in tweed; Mrs. McGarrigle: kindly co-owner of a Scottish country inn; Mr. Memory: a vaudeville-type performer whose act consists of remembering trivia and who is shot dead onstage at play’s end; Mrs. Higgins: a cockney landlady; Dunwoody: Old Scottish gentleman, fussy and doddery Master of Ceremonies for a political rally; one of two garrulous Salesmen; one of two sinister Heavies; one of two Policemen, one of two airplane pilots, a paperboy, etc.
Clown 2: Any age. Must be very versatile, have the ability to do many accents, be physically fit and have great comic timing. Plays at least 16 parts including Professor Jordan: the chief villain of the story who shoots Mr. Memory at play’s end and is shot himself. He has a German accent but disguises his voice as a cultured Englishman; Sheriff: Scottish local lawman; Mr. McGarrigle: kindly co-owner of a Scottish country inn who wears a kilt. A bit of a simpleton who often speaks in one-word sentences; Compere: Cordial English Master of Ceremonies for Mr. Memory’s act. He sobs over his friend’s body at play’s end; McQuarrie: the very ancient and doddery Scottish Chairman of a political organization. He gives a lengthy and inaudible speech at a rally; Milkman: speaks with a cockney accent; one of two garrulous Salesmen; one of two sinister Heavies; one of two Policemen, one of two airplane pilots, a train porter, etc.
Annabella Schmidt/ Margaret/ Pamela: 30’s. Must have good comic timing and ability. She plays all 3 female characters. Each character has a different accent. Annabella is a beautiful German or Russian spy. Seductive and mysterious, she is stabbed and dies onstage in Hannay’s arms; Margaret is an “incredibly pretty” married Scottish girl, who is shy and falls for Hannay and he for her. She helps him to escape from the police and from her suspicious husband; Pamela is English and “breathtakingly beautiful.” She becomes entwined in Hannay’s escapades with the police and the bad guys, at first turning him in and ultimately falling in love with him.
Clown stage hands: Any age. These are 2-4 people dressed in 1930’s clothes who will comically set up and control all the set changes and effects of the play, most if not all in full view of the audience. Sometimes things don’t always go as planned and they do their best to improvise! While they won’t have any speaking lines, these actors must have excellent comic timing, physicality, and facial expressions.