CRESSON, Pa. — A show filled with intrigue, thrills, and giggles is set to hit a local stage.
Cresson Lake Playhouse will perform ‘The 39 Steps’ at the theatre, 279 Shapiro Road, Loretto.
Curtain hours are 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.
“The 39 Steps” mixes an Alfred Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, adds a touch of “Monty Python” and creates a fast-paced thriller for anyone who loves theater magic.
FJ Hartland, director of the play, said it’s been a while since the show venue has presented a mystery and that “The 39 Steps” is a show that fits the bill.
“Although it’s a mystery, it’s also funny, so we hit people who love mysteries and people who love comedy,” he said. “It’s based on the 1935 Hitchcock movie, so people who love Hitchcock will want to see this show too.”
In the production, a man with a boring life meets a woman with a heavy accent who calls herself a spy. When he takes her home, she is murdered. Soon, a mysterious organization called “The 39 Steps” is hot on the trail of the man in a nationwide manhunt that culminates in a death-defying finale.
The two-time Tony Award and Drama Desk Award-winning production is packed with non-stop laughs, over 150 goofy characters, an on-stage plane crash, handcuffs, missing fingers and good romance. old.
Hartland said the stage version was more of a parody of the film.
“It’s ironic and there are references to other famous Hitchcock movies in the script,” he said.
Hartland said his concept for the production is for the audience to remember they are watching a play.
“It’s done in a very presentational and theatrical style that I never want the audience to forget that we’re just a group of actors performing a play,” he said.
The five-member cast includes Owen Standley, Bronwyn Katdare, John Hegeman, Ethan Leydig and Sherri Rae.
Hartland said audiences will be amazed by the versatility and talent of the actors and the extreme number of roles they have to take on.
“This production is made by a handful of people who play all the characters,” he said. “I was open to what they wanted to do with it and they came up with some great ideas. They were creatively challenged to create this script with this concept in this space to make it work.
Hartland said the show will be unlike anything audiences have seen in theaters before.
“It’s just a good time,” he said. “There is no message and we are not changing the world. We’re just trying to entertain people for two hours.
Show tickets range from $16 to $23.
For more information, call 814-472-4333 or visit www.cressonlake.com.
Kelly Urban is a reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. She can be reached at (814) 532-5073. Follow her on Twitter @KellyUrban25.