BRISTOL — The Elkhart Civic Theatre crew is set to present the classic Alfred Hitchcock mystery “The 39 Steps” at The Bristol Opera House.
Performances of “The 39 Steps” are planned for two weekends — this coming Friday and Saturday and May 2 and 3 at 8 p.m., with Sunday matinees April 27 and May 4 at 3 p.m. Tickets are available by calling the theater Monday through Friday from 1 to 5:30 p.m. at 574-848-4116, or by going to Elkhart Civic Theatre’s website any time of day at www.elkhartcivictheatre.org. Tickets cost $17 for adults and $15 for students and senior citizens age 62 and older.
Show organizers say “The 39 Steps” involves a wrongly-accused hero who soldiers on through a barrel of red herrings with a femme fatale/innocent female attached (literally). The original movie was a dark, suspenseful thriller. It has been repurposed into a comedy in which only four actors to play all of the characters from the film.
“This comedy gives our actors a chance to stretch and grow more than many shows that we’ve produced,” director Dave Dufour said. “It allows them a chance to play and to create a multitude of characters. In fact, two of the actors called The Clowns get a chance to play almost 100 distinct characters.”
The veteran cast of four is headed by Kevin Egelsky (Elkhart) playing the lead, Richard Hannay. Playing the three women who change his life over the period of a few short days is Annette Kaczanowski (Elkhart). Rounding out the remainder of the cast of about 100 different characters are The Clowns, Dave Kempher (South Bend) and Michael Honderich (Goshen). Randy Zonker is the show’s assistant director, and also handles lighting design.
Garry Cobbum is the sound designer and Linda Wiesinger is the costume coordinator. The crew in charge of keeping the multitude of characters organized is Angie Berkshire, Elise Davis, Karen Johnston, Corrine Reed and Kasey Roske, with Stephanie Isley running the lights.
For more information about “The 39 Steps” or other Elkhart Civic Theatre programming, call the theater at 574-848-5853 or visit the website www.elkhartcivictheatre.org.
The Bristol Opera House is located at 210 E. Vistula St., Bristol.