Fall Play "The 39 Steps" to Premier November 11th & 12th
The 39 Steps, a suspenseful-romantic-comedy by Patrick Barlow, based on the 1935 movie by Alfred Hitchcock, plays in McEvoy Theatre on Friday and Saturday, November 11 and 12. The Friday performance is for the New Hampton School community and the Saturday performance is for the general public. The showtime is 7:30. It is part juicy spy novel, part Monty Python, and it preserves the brilliance originally created by the master of suspense.
Four-year senior Torre Davy ’17 plays our suave hero Richard Hannay who learns from a beautiful spy about a plot of international espionage. The woman is killed in Hannay's flat and he suddenly finds himself caught up in a race from London to Scotland in hopes of stopping military secrets from being smuggled out of the country. As he searches for the secret of "The 39 Steps" he is doggedly pursued by the police who believe he is a murderer. The cast includes two other four-year seniors, Sarah Snow and Emma Wellington. Four-year senior Kacenka Farr-Williams serves as Stage Manager.
Also appearing in the show is three-year senior Leo Liang. Joining Torre, Sarah, Leo, and Emma onstage are Evan Dell ’20, Ilyana Fornes ’20, Alyxandra Huckaby ’19, Gwendolyn Liu ’20, Olivia McLean ’19, Karina Nguyen ’18, Mairead Ryan ’18, Ruby Schechter ’19, Elliot Sezalory ’18, Sophia Tsekov ’20, and Maggie-Molloy VanDyne ’19.
Performing Arts Director Joe Sampson directs and says the play is full of fun and suspense, and he’s very impressed with his young cast’s ability to find the right tone in this cheesy homage to old cinema. Technical Director Meredith C. Brown designs sets and lights.