Audition for 'The 39 Steps' on Jan. 8 and 9

The Darien Arts Center announces the new name of its theatre group, Darien Arts Center Stage, and invites residents to audition for its first production. They will be kicking off the season in March with “The 39 Steps”, adapted by Patrick Barlow from the novel by John Buchan from the movie of Alfred Hitchcock.

This two-time Tony Award-winning hit show, is guaranteed to be an audience-pleaser for ages 9 through 90. The New York Times calls it “absurdly enjoyable” and the Daily News says it’s “a dizzy delight.” This show is fast, funny, and funnier.

Auditions will be held at the Darien Arts Center’s Visual Arts Studio from 7 to 10 p.m on Tuesday, Jan. 8 and Wednesday, January 9, with callbacks on Friday, Jan. 11th. Audition sides will be provided.

Although this play was originally cast with four actors, the center will cast a larger ensemble for this production — a total of eight actors (four main and four supporting).

With over 150 characters in this fast-paced comedy thriller, the DAC is seeking excellent character actors that possess a profound sense of timing, with improv and comedy training a plus.

The main roles are:

Richard Hannay (age range 35+): The heroic leading man; charming, innocent, and funny. Must have great comic timing.

Annabelle Schmidt/Pamela/Margaret (age range 25 – 40): Must have excellent comic timing and great versatility.

Man #1 & Man # 2 (age range 20-50): These roles calls for exceptional physical and verbal comic ability. Must be able to provide multiple dialects.

Chorus: Four supporting roles will be playing a variety of roles throughout the show.

This production will be directed by Donna McLaughlin Wyant with Autumn Howard serving as assistant director.

More info: Darien Arts Center office, 203-655-8683.


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