Wootton High School Center for the Performing Arts Provides Fun with The 39 Steps, Full of Comedy, Drama, Murder, Spies and More.

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Wootton High School Center for the Performing Arts Provides Fun with The 39 Steps, Full of Comedy, Drama, Murder, Spies and More.


Wootton Center for the Performing Arts offers a VERY entertaining night of theatre with The 39 Steps, a classic story of intrigue, spies, adventure and love.

The stage version of The 39 Steps is portrayed as a farce. It takes the framework of the Hitchcock story but plays with the conventions of theatre to tell the story in a ridiculous way. In The 39 Steps, solving the mystery may not be as interesting as the journey to get there. The morale of the story is appropriate for all ages—people are not always what they seem.

                In the play, the actors’ skills are challenged with their movement and voices needed to communicate their character and the environment since the play relies heavily on lighting and sound effects to create the environment.

The Wootton production offers a theatrical learning opportunity to many students who previously have not been part of Wootton’s plays. Director Jessica Speck shares that she has “a four-year plan for the non-musical plays at Wootton: Drama, Murder Mystery, Shakespeare, and Comedy. With this plan, students of theatre are exposed to the full genre of plays in their years in high school.” This plan also offers lots of variation for audiences


The 39 Steps will be presented on Nov. 29, 30 and Dec. 1 at 7:30pm at Thomas S. Wootton High School, 2100 Wootton Pkwy, Rockville, MD. Tickets are available on the Wootton Website On-Line Store to the Center for the Arts http://www.schooltix.org/wootton, by downloading an order from from www.woottonpatrons-arts.org, by visiting the Box Office at Wootton High School, or 2 hours before show times. For information please call 301-279-8581.

Adults: $12; Students: $8

Jessica Speck has been teaching in Montgomery County, MD for 15 years. She was the Drama Director at Whitman and Churchill prior to coming to Wootton, traveled with students to perform at the International Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland in 2006 and 2009 and directed one of the first high schools to perform RENT: School Edition in 2008. She is a governing board member and trainer for the Cappies, the student critics and awards program that has their award ceremony for 60+ high schools in the DC-area each June at the Kennedy Center.  She is a certified Theatre, English and Math teacher who tutors the ACT and SAT extensively. She has worked at The Shakespeare Theatre and The Kennedy Center and directed the world premiere Cappies musical at the Kennedy Center.


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