“The 39 Steps,” a comedy spoof of a Hitchcock movie, has started practice under new UCC theater director Bart McHenry. Rehearsals started this week Monday through Friday, 6 p.m to 10 p.m located at Wayne Crouch hall.
“The 39 Steps” will have a free college night show for staff and students 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7 and $10 shows 7 p.m., Dec. 8, 9 and 10 as well as a 3 p.m. $10 show on Dec. 10 and 11.
On Oct. 10’s rehearsal, the cast smiled and laughed while reading scripts., “This play is going to be so much fun,” a student actor said. From the wood planked floor, the mirrors encasing the room, and the piano in the left corner, overall the rehearsal room feels professional. Even though the room’s wall to wall mirrors may seem intimidating, students’ laughter could be heard even from outside the room.
McHenry is currently rebuilding the UCC theater program, and is looking for more student actors. “Come be part of this fun comedy where a team of performers haphazardly presents ‘The 39 Steps,’ [based on] a 1935 Alfred Hitchcock movie. An average citizen is determined to save the country yet also falls in love while being pursued by dastardly foreign spies,” McHenry said.
This will be the first of many plays UCC will produce this year such as Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing” and “Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat.” McHenry is inviting both students and community members to participate, “In addition to being fun, the plays work around work schedules and do not require auditions.”
For more information go to https://umpqua.edu/theatre
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