Auditions open for 'The 39 Steps'

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BRATTLEBORO — The Vermont Theatre Company will hold auditions for an upcoming production of Patrick Barlow's "The 39 Steps" at 6:30 p.m. Friday, August 30, and 1 p.m. Saturday, August 31, at the Brattleboro Union High School (auditorium). Performances will be December 13-15 and 20-22, at the Evening Star Grange in Dummerston.

"The 39 Steps" is an adaption of Alfred Hitchcock's film and John Buchan's book. It is a thrilling chase up and down Britain as one man finds himself embroiled in a plot with national secrets on the line. The show is a fast-paced comedy with thrills and music.

Four acting roles are available and a piano accompanist is sought. All acting roles require significant physical ability; improv experience and ability to whistle a plus. Specific roles are:

Richard Hannay: The protagonist, 30-40s, suave and intelligent but in rather over his head. Quick on his feet and with his wit, though often the straight man amongst the craziness surrounding him. English accent negotiable.

Leading Lady: Actress covering several roles, including a spy, a young wife, and a "Hitchcock blonde" - icy, elegant, and bold. Satisfactory German, English, and Scottish accents desired.

Clowns one and two: Two actors of any age/gender to play all other roles, often including multiple roles in a single scene. Requires many quick changes and bits of physical comedy. Various accents and unique physical traits (i.e. double-jointed) preferred.

Accompanist/narrator: Familiarity with ragtime, stride, and jazz piano is ideal; improvisational, compositional, and acting experience a bonus. Comfort delivering lines required; role includes brief monologues as narrator.

Sides will be available at auditions. To review them ahead of time or for more information (including if you are unable to make audition times), email the director at



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