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the 39 steps 


PLAY (COMEDY) –  Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have The 39 Steps, a fast-paced whodunit for anyone who loves the magic of theatre! In The 39 Steps, a man with a boring life meets a woman with a thick accent who says she’s a spy. When he takes her home, she is murdered. Soon, a mysterious organization called “The 39 Steps” is hot on the man’s trail in a nationwide manhunt that climaxes in a death-defying finale! Don’t forget over 150 zany characters (played by a cast of four), an onstage plane crash, handcuffs, missing fingers, and some good old-fashioned romance. A riotous blend of virtuoso performances and wildly inventive stagecraft, The 39 Steps amounts to an unforgettable evening of pure pleasure!

Approximate Duration: 2 Hours 15 Minutes

Audition Information


Audition Dates: December 7 & 8
Callbacks December 9 by invitation
Director: Nashelle Jackson

A few things to note:

      • Be prepared to completely fill out the rehearsal calendar at your audition with any and all conflicts that may arise during rehearsal. The production team is sacrificing time to be at rehearsals and it is pointless to rehearse with no one there. Be clear on your conflicts. Any conflicts reported after casting may result in a change of role or require withdrawal from the show. (A tentative rehearsal schedule is attached below. Please know that this is subject to change based on need & availability of cast members.)
      • Performances are February 17-25. There will not be double-casting therefore actors must be available for all performances.


  • Auditions will be held December 7 & 8 from 6p to 8p. 
  • Roles are available for men & women ages 18 and up.
  • Email to sign up for an audition time.
  • Prepare a reading from the side(s) that will be emailed to you when you email for an audition time.
  • Bring a recent headshot – 4×6 color.
  • Be prepared to completely fill out the audition form, including the rehearsal calendar with a list of conflicts between January 2 and February 25. 
  • All auditions are held at Vernal Theatre: LIVE, located at 40 E Main Street in Vernal.
  • Video auditions are accepted. Email for information on how to submit your audition and what you will need to submit.

A couple things to note on characters:
– Richard Hannay needs to have a British accent.
– Annabella / Pamela / Margaret are played by one woman and need to have German / British / and Scottish accents respectively.
– The two clowns play approximately 100 characters each. Accents and the ability to shape characters will be essential.
– The Foley Artist is a character we are adding for this production. She will be onstage for the entirety of the show and provide onstage sound effects, be the Radio Voice Over, and interact with Richard Hannay during the show.

— Nashelle Jackson

Remember to email to schedule your audition time.​ 

We hope you have an enjoyable experience auditioning and if you do not get cast, please come see the show and audition for future productions. We are also looking for people to help on the production team. If this is something you are interested in, please let us know either by emailing the theatre or filling out the Google form below (scroll past the audition info).

Email any questions to Do not reach out to the production team individually.


TENTATIVE Rehearsal Schedule attached below. Please know that we are very aware of your time and our own. We will cancel rehearsals if we don’t need them and make sure that your time at the theatre is well-spent. Specific people & groups will only need to come specific days and times. Those will be determined and set after auditions and casting.


Rehearsal Schedule and Audition Form Download

 ​We had an incredible Season 6 at Vernal Theatre: LIVE and cannot wait for Season 7. Below are a few tips and tricks that will help you prepare for auditions. Enjoy and we’ll see you at auditions!

1. Know the expectations and follow them. Read the notices that are posted – every audition is different and may require different things to be prepared. Come ready and knowing what the director expects you to give.

2. Confidence. It sounds simple but it takes practice. Walk in the door with your held head high. Be wary of shuffling feet. You don’t get sympathy points if you’re nervous, not feeling well, or having a bad day. Don’t apologize – leave it outside the door. You are being sized up the minute you walk in, so practice good posture and body language before you arrive. And don’t forget to smile – that’s the lasting impression you want to leave.

3. Personality. Let it shine through!

4. Connection. Make one with the character you’re portraying and the production team. Be memorized on your audition material. Don’t ask who they (the production team) are. Introductions waste time, time you could use for showing off your acting chops. They are there to do their job, just like you’re there to do your job. You are equals. You’re selling, and they’re buying. Treat them with respect and courtesy, and they’ll do the same.

5. Stick to the time limit. If you prepared a monologue or a song, you (usually) get 60 seconds starting from your first line. And 60 seconds is plenty. So as to be respectful of everyone’s time, cut down your monologue or song. Rehearse with a stopwatch to measure how long it is. Then when you get to the audition, you won’t be rushed. And if they cut you off, don’t take it personally. It doesn’t mean you’re bad, it means they need to give everyone else time to show too.

6. Do not reach out to the production team personally. Auditions are nerve-wracking and a lot of work – both for auditioners and the production team. Do not reach out to any member of the production team about auditions in any way – even if they are your friend. If you have questions, contact the theatre. 



Want to be involved but don’t want to audition?

Maybe you did theatre in high school or are looking for a creative outlet, maybe your family is auditioning and you want to spend this time with them but don’t feel up to singing and dancing. Maybe you want a shorter time commitment or to learn something new – a Production Team is the spot for you! We are always looking for individuals to participate on our Production Teams. You can be part of a crew or be a leader, there is a spot for you. Just fill out the form linked below or email to learn about opportunities for upcoming productions. We’d love to have you!

Production team form: