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UpStage Artists Announces Auditions for The 39 Steps

Updated: Aug 30, 2023

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Auditions for UpStage Artists The 39 Steps are June 30 and July 1 at Emmanuel United Methodist Church.

UpStage Artists is excited to announce auditions for its next production, The 39 Steps, June 30 and July 1 at 7 pm. They are looking for 4 performers (1 man, 1 woman, 2 either) and 2 stagehands (either, will get full billing). If you are interested in being a stagehand, email the director, Rick Bergmann at You don’t need to audition. Rehearsals begin on July 24 and are scheduled for Monday, Thursday, and Friday evenings at 7 pm. Performance dates are September 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 2023. All rehearsals and performances take place at Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 11416 Cedar Lane, Beltsville, MD 20705. If you are interested fill out the audition form at

The 39 Steps is adapted by Patrick Barlow based upon the novel by John Buchan and the film by Alfred Hitchcock. If you mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have The 39 Steps, a fast-paced whodunit for anyone who loves the magic of theatre! This two-time Tony and Drama Desk Award-winning treat is packed with nonstop laughs, over 150 zany characters (played by a ridiculously talented cast of four), an onstage plane crash, handcuffs, missing fingers, and some good old-fashioned romance! In The 39 Steps, a man with a boring life meets a woman with a thick accent who says she’s a spy. When he takes her home, she is murdered. Soon, a mysterious organization called “The 39 Steps” is hot on the man’s trail in a nationwide manhunt that climaxes in a death-defying finale! A riotous blend of virtuoso performances and wildly inventive stagecraft, The 39 Steps amounts to an unforgettable evening of pure pleasure!

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