Granada Theater Opens New Play “The 39 Steps”


Tyler Hayley, Reporter and Editor

The Granada theater department is back with another play, The 39 Steps. Here’s everything you need to know, including what it’s about, when it’s happening, and how you can buy tickets.

An adaptation of the 1935 Alfred Hitchcock film of the same name, The 39 Steps is an action-thriller about a regular man who gets entangled in the world of spies. This play is jam-packed with adventure, action, and energy. Mr. Watts, Granada’s theater teacher and the director of The 39 Steps said, “…it’s got such a great action to it, a great energy to it. It’s going to be just a lot of fun. There’s no deep philosophical message…This is just good, old-fashioned high-energy fun.”

The 39 Steps is a complete 180 from Granada’s last play, Everybody, and is all about having fun and entertaining the audience. The original stage adaptation of The 39 Steps included a lot of special effects that Granada’s theater found difficult to replicate, but Mr. Watts and the theater department found a way to make it work. As part of the special effects of the show, the actors will be performing on a rotating stage, a first for the Granada theater department.

“…We’ve constructed a brand new rotating stage on the existing Granada theater set. It’s basically a giant lazy susan where we can set up a scene on one side and when it’s time for that scene to start we can rotate the stage…It’s a lot of fun to see and it’s been really exciting for [the] performers to work with as well,” Mr. Watts elaborated.

The students and actors also play a huge role in this production, as many will be working behind the scenes, moving set pieces, or running the lights. One of the most exciting parts of The 39 Steps is that there are only four people in the entire cast. Two of the actors will play the lead roles while the other two will have to play over two dozen other characters throughout the course of the play.

“One of the greatest things that people should look for is the amount of work that some of our actors have to do,” said Watts.

The low-tech special effects, small cast, brand new stage, and the action of the entire play make it unlike anything the Granada theater has done before. The play opens on February 22 with the first performance at 3 pm. There will be performances on February 23 and 24 at 7 pm, and two performances on Saturday, February 25, at 2 pm and 7 pm. General admission tickets cost $10 and $8 with ASB and tickets for the Wednesday performance will all be $5. We hope you come out to support our theater and we can’t wait to see you there.