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Looking for a good play to watch? Love Alfred Hitchcock movies? Panola College’s theatre will present the hilarious stage adaptation of “The 39 Steps” as the dinner theatre performance Friday-Sunday, Sept. 22-24. Doors open for dinner theatre at 5:30 p.m. and the curtain will rise at 7 p.m.  The play is produced by special permission from Samuel French, Inc.
Based on Alfred Hitchcock’s first big hit, “The 39 Steps,” the play is a Hitchcock masterpiece with a dash of Monty Python, to create a fast-paced whodunit for anyone who loves the magic of theatre. Richard Hanney, the disillusioned hero finds himself framed for murder and the target of a nationwide manhunt.  In an effort to clear his name, and save the country, his journey takes him on a mad dash through Scotland and England as he tangles with police, killers, spies, chases, and, of course, beautiful women.
Starring in Panola College’s production as Richard Hannye: Shelby Watson, Leon; Pamela: Jasmine Ryan, Martinsville; Annabella Schmidt: Sarah Owens, Mt. Enterprise; Mr. Memory/Crofter/Mr. McGarrigle: Justin Gonzales, Rains; Compere: Christian Kotara, Spurger; Heavy 1/Salesman 1/Policeman 1: Keath Kibbey, Huntington; Heavy 2/Salesman 2/Policeman 2: Peyton Proffet, Center; Milkman/Porter/Train Police/Paperboy/Radio Announcer: Yancy Flores, Shelbyville; Mrs. Higgins: Angel Kammer, Kennard; Mrs. Dunwoody: Bethany Grove, Kennard; Professor Jordan: Tailer Chong, Rains; Margaret: Hannah Williams, Gary; Mrs. Jordan/Mrs. McGarrigle: Abigail Parish, Chireno; Pilot 1/Sherriff/McQuarrie: Dustin Bennett, Tenaha; Pilot 2/Chief Inspector Albright: Cody Osburn, Center; The Scottish Band/Old Man: Freeman Thomas, Carthage.
Heading up the crew is Assistant Director: Kyree Williams, Hillsboro; Stage Manager:  Maelbi Caledron, Seagoville and Nathaniel Endsley, Huntington; Production Manager; Lighting Design: Kassandra Escobar, Centerville; Lighting Technician: Brenton Humphries, Gary; Costume Design: Laci Sepulvado, Mt. Enterprise; Assistant Costumers, Properties: Emily Robinson, Martinsville; Assistant Stage Manager: Maria Majai, Mt. Enterprise; Running Crew: Chailey Norton, Mt. Enterprise; Kassidy Weatherford, Gary; Catalin K, Mt.Enterprise.
The dinner theatre production is the annual fundraiser for the Panola College Theatre Department. This year’s menu includes Italian lasagna, sautéed green beans, salad, bread, chocolate mousse, coffee, tea, and water. Ticket prices are $40 for adults, $35 for Panola College students, $25 for senior citizens, and $20 for children under 12.
Tickets for Sunday dessert matinee are $20 for adults, $15 for Panola College students, $12 for senior citizens, and $10 for children under 12.
Tickets must be purchased in advance. Call Karen King, 903-693-2064. Or, go to the Panola College website and click on the link for “Online Ticket Sales.”
The play is adapted by Patrick Barlow, from an original concept by Simon Corble & Nobby Dimon. The story is from the novel by John Buchan. The film was produced by Alfred Hitchcock.

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