GHENT, N.Y. >> Ghent Playhouse is auditioning actors Tuesday and Wednesday night for its season-opening production, "The 39 Steps," adapted for the stage by Patrick Barlow from the novel by John Buchan and the film by Alfred Hitchcock.

Auditions begin at 7:30 p.m. — sign-in is at 7 — at Ghent Playhouse, 6 Town Hall Place, off Route 66.

Deena Pewtherer is directing this brisk, Monty Python-style play in which four actors play over 150 characters.

Performances begin Oct. 7 and continue weekends through Oct. 23 — Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 and Sunday afternoons at 2.

Those auditioning are asked prepare a joke to tell (no longer than one minute) using a British accent. They also will be asked to read specific scenes from the script.

Stamina, verbal and physical comedy skills and multiple British, Scottish and German dialects are required for the roles.

Needed are:

• one man for the role of Richard Hannay — early 30s/mid-40s; an attractive, dapper, yet sedentary, Canadian gentleman.

• one women for three roles (Scottish and cultured British dialects are required) — Annabella Schmidt, an exotic secret agent; Pamela, a beautiful woman, lured into Hannay's adventure, but skeptical about his claims of innocence; and Margaret, a shy farmer's wife who dreams of life and adventure in the city.

• two men as Clowns 1 and 2 (a wide-variety of German, Scottish and English dialects are required) — played in the English Music Hall tradition; between the two, they play over 30 characters — and the occasional piece of furniture.


The rehearsal schedule with be arranged based on the availability of the actors who are chosen for the roles.

For further information, please contact the director by email at