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PMG PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - The Performing Arts Group of Estacada will soon stage a readers theater performance of 'The 39 Steps.'

The Performing Arts Group of Estacada will soon take audiences on a journey of mystery and intrigue.

The group will stage a readers theater performance of "The 39 Steps: A Live Radio Play" by Joe Landry at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Estacada Community Center, 200 S.W. Club House Drive. Though admission is free, donations will be accepted for the Community Center's Meals on Wheels program.

The production, which runs approximately 50 minutes and is directed by Peter Hamer, is an adaptation of Alfred Hitchcock's 1935 film of the same name (which is, in turn, based on John Buchan's 1915 novel).

"The cool thing is that this is before Hitchcock got famous for his horror movies. ("The 39 Steps") combines thriller with a screwball romance," Hamer said. "It covers a lot of territory."

The story follows Richard Hannay (Jerry Erickson) who meets agent Annabella Smith (Peggy Ayles) at a 1930s music hall. After Smith is murdered, Hannay must prove his innocence and break up a spy ring with his companion Pamela Stewart (Elaine Leatham).

The production is set in a 1940s radio station in the fictional show WBFR Playhouse of the Air, which, as an announcer says, "(invades) your living rooms, providing your radio holds up, and bring you exciting stories of the strange and unusual."

The play also contains several nods to Hitchcock's other works.

Hamer noted that a thriller like "The 39 Steps" is a fun way to get into the spirit of Halloween.

"It fits with the season," he said.

If you go

What: Readers theater performance of "The 39 Steps: A Live Radio Play" by Joe Landry

When: 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26

Where: Estacada Community Center, 200 S.W. Club House Drive

Cost: Donations will be accepted for the Community Center's Meals on Wheels program


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