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'The 39 Steps' to be performed at Fusion Theatre

04/03/2014
From left, Jonny Rey, Noelle Thompson, Douglas Alderman and Zach Hunter.
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The Monmouth College theatre department is partnering with the Galesburg Theatre Festival to present “The 39 Steps” on April 11 and April 12 at 7:30 p.m. at the Fusion Theatre in downtown Monmouth.
 
Mix an Alfred Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of “Monty Python” and you have “The 39 Steps,” a fast-paced whodunit packed with non-stop laughs and more than 150 zany characters (portrayed by a cast of four).
 
Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for others and may be purchased online at http://www.worldforms.net/TOL/fusiontheatre/ or at the door. For more information, contact MC theatre professor Bill Wallace at 309-457-2374 or billw@monmouthcollege.edu.
 
Adapted by Patrick Barlow, the play is a production based on an original concept by Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon and on the 1995 book by John Buchan, which was adapted to the screen by Hitchcock in 1935.
 
Seeking a frivolous night out at the theatre, Richard Hannay (played by Monmouh College alumnus Douglas Alderman) is lured into a world of intrigue by a mysterious woman (one of many roles played by MC alumna Noelle Thompson) claiming to be a spy. When she winds up dead in his flat, he flees London with the police hot on his trail, setting off a classic portrayal of one man’s flight from wrong accusation through a series of misadventures and old-fashioned romance.
 
Joining Alderman and Thompson in the cast Jonny Rey and Zach Hunter, who, against all odds, breathlessly and hilariously attempt to reenact all of the characters, locations and famous scenes in Hitchcock’s 1935 film thriller with just a few props and a lot of theatrical ingenuity and split-second changes.
 
Fresh off a successful run in Galesburg, “The 39 Steps” is directed by MC professor Robert Thompson, Jr.
 
“This is exactly what we hoped for when we opened the Fusion Theatre,” said professor Doug Rankin, chair of MC’s theatre department. “We look forward to hosting a variety of arts events, and we encourage area residents to take advantage of what downtown Monmouth has to offer. The show is great fun and within easy walking distance of a number of restaurants and establishments for before and after theatre enjoyment.”