Auditions for “The 39 Steps” on Nov. 16-17

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“The 39 Steps”

Sun/Mon Nov 16-17 (Callbacks Wed Nov 19)

Director: Ken Kaden

Production Manager: Rob Reinalda / Assistant Director: Dee Hicks

Stage Manager: Elyse Willis

Note to auditionees:

“The 39 Steps” is an exceedingly physical play, in which four actors play 150+ characters. All four actors must be physically fit, with supreme coordination, dexterity, and stamina.

Except for Richard Hannay, characters use multiple accents, including standard British, Scottish, Cockney and German. Auditionees will be required to demonstrate credible accents.

Auditions and callbacks will be held at Wheaton Drama’s Playhouse 111, located at 111 N. Hale St., Wheaton, Illinois. They will start at 7 p.m.

Performances will be Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8, and Sunday matinees at 3, running Jan. 30 through Feb. 22, 2015.


Richard Hannay
(Plausibly 37 years old): Dashing, charismatic 1930s movie star type. One of Hitchcock’s “wrong men” who is thrown into danger and reluctantly takes on that responsibility. Standard British accent.

Annabella Schmidt/Pamela/Margaret
(20s-30s): Attractive, vulnerable at times. Deadpan comedic skills a plus. Pamela is a “Hitchcock blonde” whose prickly exterior gives way to warmth. German, British, Scottish accents.

The Clowns
(any age): These two perform scores of characters, rapidly changing personae and accents, ages and sexes. Lots of physical comedy. Standard British, Londoner/Cockney, Scottish accents, German.

Audition specifics:

For an audition appointment, please email [email protected], with your desired role(s) and your availability on Nov. 16-17. (Emailing headshot/resume is encouraged.) We will email you your audition appointment slot. No audition slots will be assigned after Friday, Nov. 14. Walk-ins on Nov. 16-17 will be seen only if time allows.

Hannay-only candidates should prepare a two-minute monologue of your choosing using Standard British.

All others should prepare two one-minute monologues—one in a Scottish accent, the other using another accent (chosen from standard British, Londoner/Cockney, German).

(Nov. 19, by invitation only) will include readings from the script, as well as some movement.