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Audition: The 39 Steps

August 30 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Vermont Theatre Company announces auditions for an upcoming production of Patrick Barlow’s The 39 Steps. Performances will December 13-15 and 20-22, 2019. Auditions will be held at Brattleboro Union High School (auditorium) on Friday, August 30th at 6:30 pm and Saturday, August 31st at 1 pm.

The 39 Steps is an adaption of Alfred Hitchcock’s film and John Buchan’s book. It is a thrilling chase up and down Britain as one man finds himself embroiled in a plot with national secrets on the line. The show is a fast-paced comedy with thrills and music.

Four acting roles are available and a piano accompanist is sought. All acting roles require significant physical ability; improv experience and ability to whistle a plus. Specific roles are:

RICHARD HANNAY: Our protagonist, 30-40s, suave and intelligent but in rather over his head. Quick on his feet and with his wit, though often the straight man amongst the craziness surrounding him. English accent negotiable.

LEADING LADY: Actress covering several roles, including a spy, a young wife, and a “Hitchcock blonde” – icy, elegant, and bold. Satisfactory German, English, and Scottish accents desired.

CLOWNS ONE and TWO: Two actors of any age/gender to play all other roles, often including multiple roles in a single scene. Requires many quick changes and bits of physical comedy. Various accents and unique physical traits (i.e. double-jointed) preferred.

ACCOMPANIST/NARRATOR: Familiarity with ragtime, stride, and jazz piano is ideal; improvisational, compositional, and acting experience a bonus. Comfort delivering lines required; role includes brief monologues as narrator.

Sides will be available at auditions. To review them ahead of time or for further information (including if you are unable to make audition times), please email the director at


August 30
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Event Category:
In The Arts


Brattleboro Union High School
131 Fairground Rd
Brattleboro, VT 05301 US
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