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Hitchcock Comedy Opens Saturday

Hitchcock Comedy Opens Saturday

 On Saturday, August 9th, Festival Theatre will open the fourth and final production of its summer rotating repertory, “The 39 Steps,” joining the hilarious musical comedy “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” and the serene “Almost, Maine.”

 “The 39 Steps” is adapted by Patrick Barlow from the 1915 novel by John Buchan. The story was made into a film by Alfred Hitchcock in 1935. 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, perfect for anyone who loves the magic of theatre.  This highly acclaimed play, which was awarded two Tony Awards and the Drama Desk Award, is packed with nonstop laughs, on-going surprises, amazing comic expression, some good old-fashioned romance, and over 50 zany characters played by a ridiculously talented cast of four.

 The play centers on Richard Hanney, a man with a boring life who is about to embark on an extraordinary adventure after meeting a woman with a thick accent who says she's a spy.  After she is murdered, 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! 

"There is an amazing amount of talent working on this show, from director, actors, and designers.  We can't wait to share our hard work and talent with an audience!" says Jaclyn Johnson, Artistic Director.

Directed by Chicago-based actor/director Carl Lindberg, the dream team ensemble of familiar Festival faces - Jaclyn Johnson, Seth Kaltwasser, Andrew Bradford Benson, and Stephen Pearce - deftly meet the challenge of playing multitudes of characters in this fast-action comedy. Pearce has the lead role of Richard Hanney, Johnson plays the female leads, and Kaltwasser and Benson take on the rest of the characters.

 Lindberg’s past Festival Theatre credits include directing “Is He Dead” in 2010 and “Inspecting Carol” in 2011, along with performing in “A Christmas Carol” and “The Mystery of Irma Vep” those same years. Accompanying his creative style is the production team of Isaac Bont as Assistant Stage Manager, Fizz Kizer in Scenic Construction, David Markson in Scenic Design, Teresa Mock in Costume Design, Laura Seed in Properties, and Peter Weber, Stage Management and Sound Design. Backstage dressers for this show are Kathryn Cesarz and Jerry Kurek.

 Corporate sponsors for the 2014 Theatre Series are Amery Regional Medical Center, Chateau St. Croix Winery & Vineyard, Edina Realty, Royal Credit Union and Thrivent Financial. Festival Theatre thanks these businesses for their support of local performing arts.

 Tickets for “The 39 Steps” are $26 for adults and $13.50 for youth ages five to eighteen. This show begins at 7:30 pm and runs in rotating rep through September 7th, and is Flex Pass eligible for those who have or purchase a 2014 Flex Pass. Reservations for this and other summer productions can be made online at www.festivaltheatre.org, by calling the box office at 715-483-3387, or emailing boxoffice@festivaltheatre.org

Festival Theatre is located in the historic Civic Auditorium in downtown St. Croix Falls, at 210 North Washington Street.



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