by Bella Diaz
Glendale Community College’s Art Department is taking on the daunting task of tackling, The 39 Steps, an adaptation of the 1935 Alfred Hitchcock film, derived from the novel of the same name. Auditions were recently held to cast only four talented students to portray more than an
astonishing 250 characters.
The 39 Steps tells the story of a London man who is faced with the undertaking of assisting a counter-espionage agent halt an association of spies, called The 39 Steps, from stealing top secret information.
When the man is accused of the murder of the agent, he goes on the run. Fleeing with a beautiful woman by his side, he attempts to finish the agent’s mission of stopping the spy ring, all the while trying to save himself.
This fast-paced, femme-fatale play, which is filled with allusions to other Hitchcock films such as, Strangers on a Train, Rear Window, and North By Northwest, meshes together both comedy and suspense.Rehearsals for the play have not yet started but producer and director, David Seitz, is looking forward to see his cast of hard working, gifted actors bring this script to life.
With this being Seitz’ 30th production for Glendale, he is no longer a stranger to the pressure that is involved with
having a play be ready in just a few shorts months. “It’s going to be a heck of a ride,” he said. “I think we found the four best actors for the roles. We all have a lot of work to do, but we will be ready by opening night.”
The members of the cast are just as excited to see what The 39 Steps has in store for them. Jared Queen, has been selected to play the role of one of the “clowns.”
His history with theater goes back eight years, where he has gained knowledge on all nearly every aspect involved. His favorite part? Acting.
“I always find myself back on the stage,” he says. For this play he is most excited about the diverse array of characters he will get to interpret on stage.
“I get to play around a lot with quick changes, physical comedy and the hilarious situations that those two things can bring you to. My co-clown, if you will, Karson Cook, makes for a wonderful scene partner as we merely switch hats to become completely different characters in this spy story.”
The 39 Steps is a production that is bound to keep you on the edge of your seat as you intensely await the outcome, while at the same time have you doubled over from laughter of the hilarious quick-witted script.
The play is set to hit stage, this semester, on Saturday, Nov. 14 at 7:30 p.m. and continues through the following weekend at the same time Nov. 19, 20, and 21, with a matinee performance, at 2:30 p.m., on Thursday, Nov.19.
Tickets are $5 for students, alumni, and seniors (55+) and $8 general admission.
They will be available online through Vendini Tickets or at the box office, one hour prior to curtain time.
The cast and crew look forward to making GCC proud with their upcoming performance.