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Midcoast Actors’ Studio auditions for 'The 39 Steps'

Feb 12, 2020

Belfast — Adapted by Patrick Barlow from Alfred Hitchcock’s movie and the novel by John Buchan, "The 39 Steps" takes Hitchcock’s classic masterpiece and turns it on its head into a fast-paced, riotous, farcical tour de force, which incorporates the entirety of the movie.

Characters include the protagonist, Richard Hannay; one actress who plays three female roles; and two “clowns” (two men, or one man and one woman), who play more than 100 different characters. At lighting speed, the “clowns” depict Vaudevillian performers, spies, constables, traveling salesmen, newspaper boys, railroad porters, crofters, inn-keepers and more as the play ranges through the likes of a London music hall, the Scottish landscape of bogs, fog and lochs, railroad cars, and the London Palladium.

Auditions will be held Sunday and Monday, March 8 and 9, with callbacks on Tuesday, March 10 – all at 6 p.m. at the Troy Howard Middle School, 173 Lincolnville Ave. The production is directed by Suzanne Ramczyk, who also directed "Cabaret" and "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime" for Midcoast Actors' Studio. Auditions will consist of readings from the script and a movement audition for those interested in the roles of “the clowns.” Rehearsals begin on Monday, April 13, with performances starting on Friday, June 5, and running two weekends.

Please email Director Suzanne Ramczyk at or Artistic Director Jason Bannister at with questions.

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