Drama club prepares fall play ’39 Steps’

Ashlyn Aarness, Photgrapher

Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some more stories you might like.


Email This Story






Press Photo: mcfta.org

Press Photo: mcfta.org

The fall school play is coming up, and this year “The 39 Steps” was chosen.  On Nov. 17, this play will be ready for the public.

“The 39 Steps” is a play set in May and June 1914.  It is adapted from a book wrote in 1915 and a film made in 1935.  The original version of this play was a 4-person story, with all the actors playing multiple parts.

This play is a melodrama, which is a meaningful piece with exaggerated characters and moving events.  Richard Hannay and Annabella Schmidt are in trouble with an international spy ring and their both on the run.  When Annabella is suddenly killed, Richard must run from the police and secret agents.

Director Grif Sadow explained, “an Alfred Hitchcock murder mystery turned upside down by Monty Python.”   

“This play will be a little different from some we have done in the past,” senior Liv Krusinski added.

The audition process is well thought out so the director can see actors full talent. Fifteen minutes is what the actors have to show off their skills.  They take place in the black box, which is a room behind the main stage.  

Senior Ava Coleman explained, “ Tryouts are in a group of 4.  Mr. Sadow will have you read part of the script.  After that he’ll ask you to do some movement, like improv skills and see where you stand on that…it’s not a complicated audition.”  

Director Grif Sadow added, “I encourage anyone with an interest to come and give it a try. We make the process really easy and comfortable so that we can see what’s possible from you.”

Tryouts are in a group of 4. Mr. Sadow will have you read part of the script. After that he’ll ask you to do some movement, like improv skills and see where you stand on that…it’s not a complicated audition.”

— Ava Coleman

Being a part of drama club and school plays is something to be very proud of.  Everyone involved in the play is welcoming and amiable.  It is a life changing experience, that anyone is welcome to be a part of.  

Coleman explains her experiences with past plays, “Any production at the school is a blast.  You get to know so many people…besides the amazing bonds you make with your co-actors you’re able to learn new skills on the stage that you’d never really think you’d learn.”  

Krasinski described her experience, “My favorite part of the entire production is opening night.  The jittery excitement everyone in the cast and crew is feeling as we rush to get ready for curtain…pulling the audience into the story making them believe that what they see is real, it’s an incredible feeling.”

The cast is hopeful that there will be something in the play that all audience members are sure to enjoy.

Coleman said, “The overall joy for me is being able to showcase something you’ve been working on for months and months for an audience of your family and friends…I just love it.  I love doing theater!”