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39 Steps, a night of fun and laughs


Cast members for The 39 Steps play introduce themselves before the play begins in Doudna Fine Arts Center Thursday evening. (Chandler Smith)

The comedic play, 39 Steps, was held on Thursday, Sept, 28. The play was well attended by a crowd of people enjoying the laughs and fun created during the show. 

The play occurred in the black box in Doudna and some thought that anyone can relate to the play even if you do not know the movie 39 steps. 

“I think like a lot of the characters have such comedic purposes that even if you do not fully understand even like a lot of the show, if you do not understand what they are saying or something,” freshman theatre major, Meadow Hazucha said. “You can still not totally relate to them but like sympathize with them. Like if they make you feel emotive,”  

This is the first time Hazucha has watched a play in the black box at Doudna. However, they have watched shows on other theatre stages.  

“So far, I have never seen a production in a black box, all the shows that I have ever seen have been on just straight up proscenium stages so seeing them use this space it is cool being able to be this close to eye level like with the actor was like super cool,” Hazucha said.  “Their tech aspects are cool.”

Mason Tegeler was the main actor and hoped to bring the character of Richard Hannay to life with his acting skills. 

Tegeler is enormously proud of the team he worked with to put on this play.  

“I just want to say that I am proud of all of us. I am very thankful for our amazing crew,” freshman political science major, Mason Tegeler said.  “I am proud of my fellow actors. And I just want to thank Michael Bryan the director and my family and friends for their support all the way through this process.”

Tegeler stated that he thinks that “folks should come out and see the 39 steps because it is a fun show. It is a laugh all the way to the end. It is fun, it goes by quick, and it is just a lot of fun, a lot of fun to perform and a lot of fun for folks to watch.”

The show is still going on strong and there are a few more performances through the month of Oct.  

Tegeler also mentioned how anyone can see the show and welcomes people to come to the show.  

“I really hope that folks come out and watch, I hope they enjoy it, and we have three more days left for performing until the first,” Tegeler said. 

The performance went well on Thursday and the show will continue until Sunday. 

Doudna has a lot of opportunities to see performances in person and see fellow family, friends and classmates in action.  

The Doudna Department of Theatre has a lineup of shows for the 23-24 school year. 


Chandler Smith can be reached at 581-2812 or at [email protected].

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Chandler Smith is a senior broadcast journalism major. He previously served as a reporter at The News.

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