Sound crew to make ’39 Steps’ lively

John Buchan’s The Thirty-Nine Steps will take over the C-G auditorium the weekend of April 24 through 26. The show consists of a six-person cast along with a three-person foley crew.

The foley crew, or on-stage sound team, is something that makes this particular production excitingly different than productions the department has done in the past. The crew, which includes senior Nick Anderson, sophomore Celeste Pelletier, and freshman Haley Gustafson, will be producing every sound effect that is made during the play.

The different aspects that this crew will bring forward in the show are untold, making everything more interesting and lively.

“There will be a visual element because you’ll be able to see them performing…and then there’ll be that live energy that you get from something being performed as opposed to something that is recorded,” said the director of the crew, Mr. Whalen.

The crew will also bring a lighter ambience the production.

“This show is really an homage to theatre, and so having the foley crew on stage will really highlight that and expose some of the workings of theatre,” play director Mrs. Whalen said. “Not to mention, it’s going to add a lot of energy to it, and a lot of life […] and [the foley crew] will be fun because the actors will get to interact with them, so it will bring some humor with it as well. It will bring everyone stepping out of the fourth wall.”

Senior Brendan Pedersen, who plays Richard Hannay in the show, said the crew is “really silly. More than anything, the audience will enjoy seeing us having a good time.”

Another side of the show to note is that for most of the actors, this will be their last performance at Cary-Grove. Pedersen, looking forward to his final production, wants to hold onto every moment.

“Beyond the usual laughs and giggles that go along with any show, I really look forward to savoring the process for what it is: the good times, bad times, and soaking up every minute of it.”

“It’s going to be a good show for them to go out on because it’s not heavy,” Mrs. Whalen said. “Some of these actors have been doing this for four years, and it can get a little emotional when you’re in your last show, and so if [they] were doing something emotional and heavy […] it might be a little overwhelming.”

The show is expected to be comically light-hearted, with “actors acknowledging that they’re actors, the crew acknowledging that they’re doing theatre, and [everyone] winking to the audience that [they] know that you know that this is theatre.”

The production will be fun, and everyone should have a good time, leaving with a smile on their face after watching a mystery unveil while shenanigans and humorous chaos run around throughout the play.