Calliope Auditions: The 39 Steps

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Calliope announces auditions for The 39 Steps, a thrilling comedy, adapted by Patrick Barlow from the Novel by John Buchan.

The Summary

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 (played by a ridiculously talented cast of four), an onstage plane crash, handcuffs, missing fingers, and some good old-fashioned romance!

In The 39 Steps, a man with a boring life meets a woman with a thick accent who says she’s a spy. When he takes her home, she is murdered. Soon, a mysterious organization called “The 39 Steps” is hot on the man’s trail in a nationwide manhunt that climaxes in a death-defying finale! A riotous blend of virtuoso performances and wildly inventive stagecraft, The 39 Steps amounts to an unforgettable evening of pure pleasure!

The Cast

  • 1 Male character
  • 1 Female character
  • 2 any-gender characters

    The Director

    Peter Arsenault

    The Rehearsals

    Rehearsals will be Monday, Wednesday and Sunday evenings or what works best for the cast and crew, beginning August 19.

    The Location

    All rehearsals and performances will be at Calliope Theatre, 150 Main Street, Boylston, MA

    The Performances

    October 10 - 20:

  • 7:30 pm performances on Thu., Fri., Sat. (Thursday first weekend only)
  • 2:00 pm matinee performances on Sundays
  • The Auditions

    NOTE: All cast members must be able to speak with appropriate European accents.

  • Tuesday, July 23, 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Friday, July 26, 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

    Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script in various combinations, and some movement/physicality exercises.


    The Characters

    Richard Hannay - 20s-50s, male identifying character. gnc/non-binary/male-presenting/male, any race/ethnicity. The Hitchcock thriller leading man, a suave, dashing, classic Hollywood Hero. Starting the show as an adrift everyman, he finds his inner reserves of determination and strength to push through the adventures forced upon him. Performer must have strong physical comedy skills, English accent.

    Annabella Schmidt / Pamela / Margaret - 20s-50s, female identifying character. Gnc/Non-binary/femme presenting/ female, any race/ethnicity. This performer takes the three Leading Lady roles. Should have solid physical and comedic skills and create three distinct characters:

    Clowns - Any age, any gender(s), any race/ethnicity. Non-binary performers encouraged. These two performers take on all the other roles. Working together, they weave a tapestry of characters to fill out the world of The 39 Steps. Strong character choices and physical acting required, and flexibility with various European accents preferred.


    For additional information, or to schedule an audition appointment by phone, please call Calliope Productions at (508) 869-6887.