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home : arts/music/theater : arts/music April 16, 2014

10/22/2012 5:09:00 PM
Triton Theater Presents Hitchcock spoof "The 39 Steps" in West Concord

Triton Senior High School's fall production is the recent London and Broadway hit comedy, "The 39 Steps." The play has been in rehearsal since early September and will be presented (due to construction at the high school) at Faith Community Church in West Concord, Thursday through Saturday, November 8, 9, and 10. The play will open at 7:00 p.m.

There will also be a matinee on Wednesday, November 7 at 1:00. Those wishing to attend the matinee are asked to please contact Triton's Community Education for more information.

The comedy, a hit in London since its opening in 2006 and Broadway in 2009, has just recently been available for high schools. The play is based on Alfred Hitchcock's 1935 classic film, but instead of having 150 cast members, Triton is producing this suspense-thriller with a cast of 13 and a crew of 6.

"It is originally written for 4 actors to play all 150 roles, but I wanted to give as many students as possible a chance to be involved," explained director John Schreiber. "Even so, there's one hilarious scene where two actors (Jacob Knutson and Ryan Peterson) switch parts about 12 times in less than a minute."

The play is unique in that it is also a suspense-thriller, a story of Richard Hannay (J.P. Keller), who stumbles upon a murder involving treason and the mysterious code-phrase "39 Steps." Everyone is out to either arrest him or murder him for what they think he knows. His only companion, eventually, turns out to be Pamela, a woman with whom he's is handcuffed (Miranda DeBus).

"The cast is doing great things with this comedy," commented director John Schreiber. "It's always challenge for a high school cast to take a script that was written for professional actors, but, once again, I'm happy to say that this cast will meet the high expectations of the Triton audience."

Triton draws audience members from all over southern Minnesota and, hopefully, the audience will get the message that this fall the play will be held at Faith Community Church in West Concord.

"Triton audiences know that our plays always mix the humorous and the serious in an entertaining and educational way. But this play is designed as both a comedy and a suspenseful story," stated Schreiber.

Other cast members include Amanda Groll, Andrea Cantric, Matthew Kramer, Gavin Johnson, Rachel Putnam, Charles Groll, Brad Janssen, Amber Miosi, and Jake Wobbrock

Support crew include Nathan Johnson, Davis Cieslinski, Brandon Utech, Devin Shallert-Thomas, Amanda Oaklund, and Emmily Wilson.







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