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Director Rick Frederick is looking for a few good performers and some dazzling backstage crew members for “The 39 Steps,” Bradford Little Theatre’s April offering.

“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!” explained publisher Samuel French Inc.

Auditions and tech sign-ups will be held Jan. 29 and 30 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Togi’s Playhouse, 18 Welch Ave. The play will be performed April 3-5 at the Playhouse.

“The four-member cast portrays more than 150 zany characters,” said Frederick, “while onstage action includes a plane crash, a chase on a train, escapes in handcuffs, shootings, and of course, romance.”

One actor plays hero Richard Hannay; one actress, age 20 to 35, plays three female characters; and two adult males, called Clown 1 and 2, perform a dizzying kaleidoscope of roles.

Set in the mid 1930s in the United Kingdom, the two-act comedy follows Hannay meeting a mysterious female spy whose death puts the mysterious “The 39 Steps” organization on Hannay’s trail in a nation-wide manhunt.

With the Clowns’ quick changes and show’s multiple scenes, Frederick especially wants to find crew members to work in the fast-paced but fun backstage, as well as help with costumes, lighting, sound, set construction and more. Assisting Frederick are Nanci K. Garris, set designer; Jessica Ann Coder, stage manager and tech director; and Diane Kerner Arnett, producer.

Patrick Barlow adapted the novel by John Buchan and ensuing movie by Alfred Hitchcock into a stage play from an original concept by Simon Corble and Nobby Damon. Bits of other Hitchcock classics are scattered throughout.

“The 39 Steps” has won two Tony and Drama Desk Awards, along with the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Comedy in 2007.

For further information, people may contact Frederick directly or BLT through its Facebook page or by e-mail, contact@bradfordlittletheatre.org.

Now in its 23rd season, Bradford Little Theatre promotes, encourages, and produces community-based theater in the greater Bradford area. By making theatre available and accessible to the public, BLT provides opportunities for community participation, appreciation, and education, thus enriching the community and increasing interest in the arts.

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