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Students bring '39 Steps' to CHS stage

By KATE THURSTON - kthurston@newsexaminer.com

The time has finally come to see the final result of endless hours of practice for the Connersville High School play, “The 39 Steps.”

Originally a novel, then an Alfred Hitchcock film in the 1930’s, the play is scripted as a comedy but CHS students are doing is straight, as Hitchcock did.

Director Lynette Eklund chose this play for many reasons, one being she wanted to give more students a chance to perform. It is the largest production the students have put on so far with Eklund directing. There is a cast of 21 playing 35 different characters, and a crew of over 20 behind the scenes.

“The show is coming together very well, outside of polishing the timing of the set changes, we could’ve performed for an audience during our Tuesday dress rehearsal. The cast is ready to go,” Eklund said.

“This is by far the most elaborate technical show we have done while I’ve been the director. I chose this show for the wide variety of characters, for the benefit of the large group of underclassmen joining the CHS Theater – and they’re meeting the challenge as well as I expected. It thrills me to see how much up-coming talent we will have for future productions.

“But there’s another reason I chose this play. Most high school theater productions don’t offer much space for the crew to shine; this one does. With lights, sound effects, live music, actors playing multiple characters, and a multitude of changing sets, this show allows us to power up our crew department as well.”

Eklund said “The 39 Steps” is turning out to be a fun show to see, and a huge educational benefit to their theater now and for shows to come.

The play will be at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday in Robert E. Wise Center for Performing Arts at CHS, 1100 Spartan Dr. 

Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 per student. There is a 150 ticket limit on each show.