University Relations and Communications

Student-directed 'The 39 Steps' begins 8-show run this week

January 29, 2012



Drama Committee, 208-1145
Dan Carter, University Relations, 657-2269


MSU BILLINGS NEWS SERVICES — The Drama Committee of the Associated Students of Montana State University Billings begins its spring production of “The 39 Steps” this week.

students rehearsing The 39 Steps


The Tony-award winning play will be performed Feb. 1-4 and again Feb. 8-11 in Liberal Arts Room 620 on the MSU Billings four-year campus.  All show times are at 7:30 p.m.


The play, adapted by Patrick Barlow, is a two- time Tony Award winner, and will feature a talented cast of undergraduate students under the direction of Bobbi Kaye Kupfner, president of the student-led Drama Committee.


“The 39 Steps” is a suspenseful comedy of an ordinary man, Richard Hanney, who is seeking a frivolous night out at the theatre and is suddenly lured into a world of mystery by a woman claiming to be a spy. When she winds up dead in his flat, he flees London, causing a nationwide manhunt. The play is a hysterical portrayal of a man on the run from wrong accusations with a series of misadventures, topped off with good old-fashioned romance.


“The 39 Steps” features a cast which reenacts all of the characters, locations, and famous scenes in Hitchcock’s 1935 film with just a few props, theatrical inventiveness and split-second quick changes.


The MSU Billings cast includes:

  • Casey White as Richard Hanney
  • Sean Slaugh as Mr. Memory
  • Amanda Losness as Anabella Scmidt/ Various
  • Amanda Grubbs as Pamela Edwards
  • Courtney Keyes as Margaret/ Various

Tickets are $12 for general admission and $8 for senior citizens and students. MSU Billings students will be admitted free to either Wednesday performance Feb. 1 or Feb. 8) on a first-come, first-served basis. Phone reservations will be held until 7p.m. on the day of the show. Unclaimed tickets will be released at that time.


The box office opens at 6:30 p.m., and tickets may not be picked up before that time. 

Because of limited seating, reservations for this production are strongly recommended. Please call 208-1145 to make reservations for all performances or to find out more information.


PHOTO ABOVE: Amanda Losness, Casey White, Sean Slaugh, Courtney Keyes and Amanda Grubbs rehearse a scene from “The 39 Steps.” The student-directed play begins a two-week run this week.