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Posted on February 26, 2014

"The 39 Steps"
8 p.m. March 6-7
2 p.m. and 8 p.m. March 8
Blaney Theatre in Steele Hall

The Department of Theatre and Dance will open its 2014 spring season with “The 39 Steps,” a fast-paced whodunit for anyone who loves the magic of theater.

This classic British thriller was one of Alfred Hitchcock's first major international hits, and it introduced a number of the stylistic and thematic elements that became hallmarks of his later work

Audiences will be treated to an on-stage plane crash, missing fingers, old-fashioned romance — and nonstop laughs.

The performance contains subject matter that may not be suitable for young children.

Curtain time is 8 p.m. March 6 and 7, with shows at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. March 8. All performances are in the Gerald and Carolyn Blaney Theatre in Steele Hall, on the campus in California, Pa.

The cast includes students Clayton Rush from Washington, Pa. (Hannay), Sarah Schumaker from Littlestown, Pa. (Annabella/Pamela/Margaret), Jordan Brooks from Waynesburg, Pa. (Clown 1), and Nicholas Franczak from Jefferson Hills, Pa. (Clown 2).

The show’s director is Dr. Michele Pagen, a professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance. Student K-Cee Smith (Waynesburg, Pa.) is the stage manager, with assistance from classmates Annabel Lorence (Bridgeville, Pa.) and Nikki Davis (Pittsburgh, Pa.).

Ticket price is $12 for adults, seniors and children. Cal U students with valid CalCards pay 50 cents, plus a $5 deposit that is refunded at the show. For more information, or to order tickets (with a credit card) by phone, call the Steele Hall Box Office at 724-938-5943.

Students pose in costume for 'The 39 Steps'