Four daring actors take on the task of bringing an entire film to life in front of the audience's eyes. "The 39 Steps" was adapted by Patrick Barlow, from what is considered the first spy novel by John Buchan, and Hitchcock's screenplay from his award winning film of the same name. The play is absolutely faithful to Hitchcock's screenplay about an innocent man on the run for his life.
Bill Meyer, who has been seen on the SAAC stage in productions of "Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap," and "A Southern Christmas Carol," and El Dorado's own "Showdown at Sunset," portrays the story's hero Richard Hannay. Meyer said of the production, "It is an actor's dream, and probably a director's nightmare!"
Lisa Ballard Williams, most recently in "The Red Velvet Cake War," embodies the femme fatal of film noir with clever turns as Annabella Schmidt, Margaret, and Pamela. "It is absolutely incredible that four actors can portray the roles and spin the story that is intended. I am very lucky to be involved with my cast and especially the director, who will probably choke me before I get the accents right!" She said.
Zac Walthall, who has been seen in "Willy Wonka," "Seussical," and "Chicago," portrays one half of the rest of the cast as Clown 1. Walthall creates over twenty characters that Hannay encounters on his adventure. When asked his favorite part of the play Walthall said, "Probably shooting both Mike and Bill. No offense guys, but it's pretty fun. Plus, I play two women. What more could you ask for?"
Mike Means, Who has been seen in "Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap," "The Producers," and "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum," portrays Clown 2. Means also creates over twenty characters throughout the play. When asked about his favorite part of the play, Means said, "Zac and I play a variety of characters, from a milkman, to the Lady of the House, and MANY in between. Choosing a favorite would have to be the train chase scene, and that's all I'm going to say about that."
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PARTS AVAILABLE FOR
What a great first round of auditions we had this past weekend. Call backs from weekend one are posted. An updated schedule of times for next weekend are listed below.
Saturday, May 18th • 4:00pm Dancers Only
For those only interested in dancing-- though not asked to sing or act, they will be expected to lipsync.
Saturday, May 18th • 6:00pm Everybody: Kids, Teens, & Adults
Our final set of full auditions. Auditioners will be expected to sing a song of their choice, dance and read. Callbacks will be posted shortly after last auditioner.
Lobby Open to Begin Registration 30min before Auditions
Production Dates are July 11-21.
Sunday, May 19th • 12:30pm Kids' Call Backs
For all kids that have already auditioned. They will be taught a song and dance. Expected to finish before 1:30. No callback materials are needed for this group.
Sunday, May 19th • 1:30pm Call Backs
Auditioners will be asked to sing and read. Callback packet will be available at SAAC Tuesday, May 14th.
CAST LIST POSTED ON MONDAY
5:30pm Meeting for Parents
6:00pm Meeting for All Cast and a read through of the script
PREPARING FOR AUDITIONS
Wear Comfortable Clothes & Appropriate Footwear.
Visit the "SHOW" page for more information.
Suspenders - any
1940's Clothes - any period or retro looking clothes would be a help
Wigs, Wigs, Wigs - with 150 characters to create we need wigs, any condition, all welcome
Blonde, Red, and Brunette 40's Style Wigs – something nice for the leading lady
40's Garter Belt and Bra - to be used as prop for the Lingerie Salesman's Case
Sheep - 60 children's plush toys in the shape of a sheep or other animal that might be a similar color/shape
English Currency – 5lb Note and 1lb Note
2 Hymnals – Prayer book size books to fit in breast pocket of a man's jacket. They do not need to be real hymnals. We can alter the cover to look like a hymnal if we can find the right size books. Needs to be donation only. One will be distressed for a before and after look.
Front End of a 1940's Car - parts only needed to represent the car headlights, grill, blinkers, steering wheel...
Small Mattress for Murphy Bed – We will be building a special Murphy Bed and need a twin mattress or large piece of foam to use inside.
For more information call or come by the South Arkansas Arts Center at 870-862-5474, 110 East 5th Street, El Dorado.
March 1-3 & 7-10
5 Evening Performances • March 1, 2, 7, 8, 9 at 7:30pm
2 Matinee Performances • March 3, 10 at 2:30pm
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Tickets: $5 Students • $10 SAAC Members • $15 General Public
Opening Night: $20 All Seats
Lollies and Champers Opening Night Reception • Friday, March 1
You are cordially invited to join us before the show for
a glass of Champagne, a lollie pop and a bit of supper silly spectical with a few friends.
Box Office Now Open for SAAC Members.
Tickets go on sale to General Public March 14!!
A crew of volunteers are standing by to secure your seat for the show!!!
SAAC requests that...
All reservations are payed for two days in advance of a performance
Patrons arrive 15 min. in advance of a performance to find their seats
more about Ticket Purchases and Attending the Performance can be found on the following pages
• Box Office Information • Performance Information • Accessibility • Location
SAAC Spring Production
The 39 Steps
from the novel by John Buchan
from the movie by Alfred Hitchcock
Sponsored by Teague Auto Group and Southern Bancorp
Winner! 2 Tony® and Drama Desk Awards, 2008
Winner! Best New Comedy, Laurence Olivier Award, 2007
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!
The 39 Steps, Broadway's longest running comedy, recipient of 2 Tony Awards and a Drama Desk Award, is packed with nonstop laughs, over 150 zany characters (played by a ridiculously talented cast of 4), an on-stage 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 amounts to an unforgettable evening of pure pleasure!
"A wonderful triumph of theatre!" -BBC Radio
"It's really not so much about a spoof of Hitchcock, which it is, of course; it's really an homage to the theater. Not the contemporary theater, where mermaids traverse the stage on wheels and gargantuan mechanical sets get bigger applause than the actors, but the nostalgic version that survives on greasepaint and hammy actors. It's a valentine to that kind of creativity and imagination, of doing so much with so little..." - The New York Times
"THEATER AT ITS FINEST... Absurdly enjoyable! This gleefully theatrical riff on Hitchcock's film is fast and frothy, performed by a cast of four that seems like a cast of thousands." – Ben Brantley, The New York Times
Reserved Seating • Call 870-862-5474
TICKETS: $5 Students, $10 SAAC Members and $15 General Public
OPENING NIGHT: $20 All Seats
AUSTIN BARROW, a native of El Dorado, attended Louisiana Tech University, School of Performing Arts, where he received his Bachelor of Arts and the University of Arkansas where he received a Master of Fine Arts in Drama. Austin has performed on-stage and screen in Chicago and Los Angeles. He has taught theatre at the University of Arkansas and Andrew College, where he served as the Chairman in the Fine Art Division. Austin now resides in his hometown with his wife Laura, son Max and daughter Olivia. He has been appointed as the President of the newly formed non-profit company, El Dorado Festivals and Events, Inc., and is excited to be a part of the future of El Dorado.
About the show Barrow said, "As a true Hitchcock fanboy, I was excited to hear about SAAC's plans to produce this play. Patrick Barlow has done an amazing job of capturing Hitchcock's great mastery of suspense with a gentle wink at the audience. The casting of the show calls for three men and one woman. I believe it important to maintain this request by the playwright, as the character shifts are an important function of the play. The most important feature of this play that should be highlighted is giving the audience the sense that at any moment, anything could happen."
Carol Cabrera is a 9th grade Social Literacy teacher at El Dorado High School. She is the founder and moderator of the club Young Playwrights. Born in Los Angeles and raised in San Diego, Carol holds two degrees from the University of California, San Diego: one degree in Theatre with an emphasis in directing, and a second degree in Literature/Writing with an emphasis in poetry and playwriting. In San Diego at 19 years old, she founded Nomads Theatre Company, a theatre company focused on developing new works by young writers, and served as Artistic Director for two years. Her writing has also won acclaim, her piece "What It Means to Be Freezing," work shopped by New Village Arts Theatre, the California Playwrights Project and Patio Playhouse Theatre. She has taught playwriting since 2009 when she began working as a teaching artist in San Diego. She is a 2011 Teach for America corp. member.