The play is 10-12 grades only and is not conventional when compared to the usual plays put on for the high school. Instead of everyone having one character and sticking to it, each person will be multiple characters, do sound effects or do the commercials and ad-libs during the stories.
There are three stories--The Lodger, Sabotage and The 39 Steps. Each is written by Alfred Hitchcock and has an element of horror or mystery.
The Lodger is about Ellen Bunting and her husband, Robert, who rented a room in their house to an irritable Mr. Sleuth who reads Bible verses in his room. He comes at a time when a serial killer, The Avenger, is killing young women that look similar to their daughter, Daisy.
Sabotage is about an American woman Winnie Verloc living in London with her brother Stevie and husband, Carl. Strange things have been happening around London and Ted, next door's green grocer, suspects the husband.
The 39 Steps starts with a theater, a famous man and gunshots. Richard Hannay escapes with the mysterious Annabella Smith, and after unfortunate events, spends his journey with the beautiful Pamela.
During auditions, students were asked to read an excerpt from The 39 Steps, Nine students would go on the stage and decide which parts they would read together. After being read once, they would switch places and each person would read a different part.
Actors/actresses were also asked to read even smaller parts of the excerpt they were given. They would either read the part between Pamela and Hannay and have to switch genders, or they would read Man 1 and Man 2 and do it as dramatic as they wanted to.
The cast was limited to 22 actors/actresses. 13 girls and 9 boys were admitted to the production. Though the students knew they were in the production, they were not yet told what parts they would be getting. They went to a read-through on Wednesday to determine who would be reading what for the next Monday's rehearsals.
Though there is a new director, an unconventional play and a small cast, the atmosphere in the rehearsal room does not seem to have changed from the original feel.
Written by Maya Lee-Lopez