Caption: Kari Elizabeth Kjeldseth and George Calger star in The 39 Steps at Lakeshore Players Theatre Jan 15 – Feb 1.
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The 39 Steps at Lakeshore Players Jan 15-Feb 1
The 39 Steps, a madcap spin of the 1935 Alfred Hitchcock masterpiece, takes the stage at Lakeshore Players Theatre January 15-February 1, 2015. Six actors play over 100 characters in this Tony Award-winner that is part juicy spy novel, part Monty Python, and all of the brilliance originally created by the master of suspense.
A maze of murder and espionage entangles Richard Hannay, our dashing and mild-mannered hero played by George Calger, as he navigates a host of flirtatious women (played by Kari Elizabeth Kjeldseth), an on-stage plane crash, and death-defying spectacles.
Tori Ruckle, Hannah Summers, Jeff Altier, and Maggie Myre ignite the play as spies, traveling underwear salesmen, and a multitude of other hilarious characters that pursue, confound, and mingle with Hannay on his adventure.
Lakeshore's Executive Director, Joan Elwell says this is just the right show for January, "the script and performances are more than enough warm any one up with laughter during a Minnesota winter.”
Who wrote it? The play was adapted by Patrick Barlow from the novel by John Buchan from the movie of Alfred Hitchcock. Confused? Director Brian Joyce makes it all clear. "The 39 Steps is a ton of fun. It is Monty Python and Benny Hill and a classic mystery all rolled into one,” says Joyce.
Scenic Designer Robin McIntyre saw this show in London and says, "I was in awe. I came back to the states know I wanted to be a part of it—it is a magical show.”
McIntyre is not the only one who has accolades for the show. The New York Daily News calls The 39 Steps, “Ingenious! A dizzy delight” and the New York Times says that it is “Fast and frothy, performed by a [small] cast that seems like a cast of thousands.”
Lakeshore's Artistic Director Ben Ratkowski points out, “You don’t need to be from New York or London or even know Hitchcock to enjoy this show.
When you go:
-Performances are January 15-February 1, 2015 at Lakeshore Players Theatre 4820 Stewart Avenue in White Bear Lake.
-Tickets are $18-$23 and may be reserved in advance with remaining seats sold at the door starting two hours prior to show time. To purchase tickets in advance and select your own seats at no additional charge, go to LakeshorePlayers.com or call 651-429-5674.
The 39 Steps Special Events:
-The $12 preview performance is Thursday, January 15.
-An opening night reception is included in the ticket price on Friday, January 16. Catered by Ingredients Cafe, the reception immediately follows the performance.
-Pay-what-you-can rush tickets will be available at the door starting at 6:30 p.m. while supplies last on Saturday, January 17.
-Find out more about the show and how Lakeshore brings a story from page to stage at a post-show discussion with the cast and crew following the matinee performance on Sunday, January 18.
Funding for The 39 Steps was made possible in part by the Minnesota State Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund and from generous contributions from Lakeshore Players supporters.
Richard Hannay: George M. Calger (St. Paul)
Annabella/Margaret/Pamela: Kari Elizabeth Kjeldseth (Eagan)
Clown: Jeff Altier (North St. Paul)
Clown: Maggie Myre (St. Paul)
Clown: Tori Ruckle (Minneapolis)
Clown: Hannah Summers (White Bear Lake)
For More Information:
Ben Ratkowski, Artistic Director
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.
Jan 15, Thur (7:30 pm)
Jan 22, Thur (7:30 pm)
Jan 29, Thur (7:30 pm)
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