Hitchcock thriller ‘39 Steps’ radio show opens April 21

As the Community Light Opera and Theatre Association’s Sherlock Holmes-based comedy “Baskerville” concludes its run, the CLOTA team has only three weeks to pull together its next production, “The 39 Steps,” a radio show adaptation of the classic 1935 Alfred Hitchcock thriller.

Director Brianne Hardwick volunteered to pull the show together on a tight schedule as fundraiser for CLOTA’s big summer musical “The Secret Garden” (auditions the first weekend in May).

Hardwick just finished playing half-a-dozen roles (with nearly as many different accents) in the fast-paced “Baskerville,” which played its last weekend to a standing-room-only house at CLOTA Center Stage.

Theatergoers can expect a change in pace with “39 Steps.”

The thriller and was originally adapted for radio by the Lux Radio Theatre in 1937, and the legendary Orson Welles cites it as one of his favorite Hitchcock films.

While the premise of an innocent man out to clear is name is a classic one, the story is still packed with all the twists and turns one can expect when dealing with the Master of Suspense.

The performance will be one weekend only, April 21 and 22, 7 p.m. at CLOTA Center Stage.

Tickets will be available at Red Rock Books and at the door.

Story First Published: 2017-04-07