Southeast Missouri State University announces the River Campus Summer Arts Festival production of “The 39 Steps,” opening June 15 as part of its two-week extended season.
“The 39 Steps,” a melodramatic comedy adapted by Patrick Barlow and based on a novel by John Buchan and a film by Alfred Hitchcock, is a whodunit that meets a spicy spy novel. It takes one boring man’s life and thrusts it into a nationwide manhunt while trying to evade the mysterious 39 Steps organization.
“The 39 Steps” will be performed at 7:30 June 15, 16, 20 and 21, and 2 p.m. Sunday, June 24, in the Wendy Kurka Rust Flexible Theatre at the Southeast River Campus.
The show feels like a mix of spy novels and Monty Python, with four actors playing more than 150 zany characters, said Dr. Kenn Stilson, chair of Southeast’s Conservatory of Theatre and Dance.
“The story is a hilarious parody of what is considered the father of all action movies,” he said. “It’s a rip-roaring comedy, fast paced and clever. Audiences are going to delight in this very funny, action-packed adventure.”
The show will be directed by Stilson, and the company consists of current Southeast Conservatory students and professional faculty and staff. For a listing of the full company, please see below.*
Tickets are $20. They are on sale now and may be purchased by contacting the River Campus Box Office, located in the Cultural Arts Center, 518 S. Fountain St., weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., by calling (573) 651-2265 or online at RiverCampus.org.
River Campus Summer Arts Festival:
The fifth annual community River Campus Summer Arts Festival on June 16 includes live music, dance, theatrical performances, magic, visual arts displays, hands-on family-friendly art expression activities, museum exhibitions, musical instruments and animal petting zoos, creative writing workshops, an arts walk, and other hands-on activities throughout the River Campus. The festival will offer an ambitious season of three shows. In addition to “The 39 Steps,” visitors also may enjoy the smash sci-fi comedy hit “Little Shop of Horrors,” and the Broadway musical “Legally Blonde Jr.”
The community festival is free and open to all ages in the entire region. The event is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is sponsored by Drury Hotels, US Bank, the Earl and Margie Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts, Southeast Missouri State University, City of Cape Girardeau Parks and Recreation, the Isle Casino Cape Girardeau, Rust Communications, KGMO, Ameren Missouri, KBSI, River Radio, Pure Country C106.1, KRCU, Cape Girardeau Convention and Visitors Bureau, SoutheastHEALTH, Legends, Lemonade Grill, Cape Noon Optimist Club, Cape Rotary Club, the Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum, Jimmy John’s, Andy’s Frozen Custard, Minglewood Brewery, Pepsi, and the University’s departments of Art, Music and The Conservatory of Theatre and Dance. Partners include the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri, Old Town Cape and the United Way of Southeast Missouri.
For more information, visit http://rivercampus.org/event/summer-arts-festival/.
*Full List of Company:
Kenneth L. Stilson (Director), chair of The Conservatory of Theatre and Dance
Jeffrey Luetkenhaus (Scenic Designer), production manager for the Earl and Margie Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts
Deana Luetkenhaus (Costume Designer), costume shop supervisor for The Conservatory of Theatre and Dance
Christopher Haug (Lighting Designer), technical director and lighting designer for The Conservatory of Theatre and Dance
Mick Keathley (Sound Designer), assistant manager for the Earl and Margie Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts
Tyler Battista (Richard Hannay), junior theatre major with an acting option of Hendersonville, Tennessee
Lydia Schultz (Annabelle Schmidt/Pamela/Margaret), senior theatre major with an acting option of Fairview Heights, Illinois
Addison Brown (Clown I), senior theatre major of St. Louis, Missouri
Sean Seifert (Clown II), senior theatre major with an acting option of Weldon Spring, Missouri