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Actors’ Equity Association Guest Artist in Stages at CCC’s ‘39 Steps’

 

Stages at Camden County College will present an Actors’ Equity Association Guest Artist in its production of “The 39 Steps.” John D. Smitherman, one of the original Three American Tenors and a veteran of Broadway and Off-Broadway productions, will play the lead role of “Richard Hannay.”

 

Based on a 1935 Alfred Hitchcock spy-chase suspense-thriller film, the play includes car chases, train rides, country cottages, marching bands and a beautiful damsel in distress. More than 150 characters are portrayed by a cast of four who are constantly switching from role to role, often right before the eyes.

 

Smitherman, a Collingswood resident, most recently starred in “All I Ask Of You” at Philadelphia’s Shubin Theatre. He also has appeared in the national tour of “A Night at the Oscars,” played the title role in “Phantom of the Opera” as the Phantom and performed “Master Class” with Dixie Carter in New York.

 

“When I saw ‘39 Steps’ for the first time, I knew that if I was ever given the opportunity, I really wanted to audition for it,” Smitherman said. “And working with this particular cast has been the most enjoyable rehearsal experience. It’s a comfortable relaxed environment and I attribute it to director Marjorie Sokoloff and the three other cast members.”

 

Sokoloff – a Pitman resident, CCC professor and director of Stages at Camden County College – is directing Smitherman along with Carrie Share of Oaklyn (“Pamela,” “Annabella,” “Margaret”), Tim Rinehart of Cherry Hill (“Clown 1”) and James Collins of Sicklerville (“Clown 2”). The stage manager is Michael Walker of Trenton, and the assistant stage manager is Sadie Mawson of Voorhees. Scenic design and technical direction is by Donald Swenson of Pitman. Costume design is by Whitney Rahl of Philadelphia, and lighting is designed by John Curall of Philadelphia.

 

Shows are scheduled at 8 p.m. March 2, 3, 8, 9 and 10 and at 3 p.m. March 4 in The Little Theatre. This venue is located inside Lincoln Hall on CCC’s Blackwood Campus at College Drive and Peter Cheeeseman Road in Gloucester Township.

 

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children, senior citizens and CCC students, faculty and staff with valid identification. A rate of $8 is available for members of groups totaling 20 or more.

 

To reserve tickets or for additional information about the production, contact Stages at Camden County College by telephone at (856) 227-7200, ext. 4737, or via e-mail at stages@camdencc.edu.


Published: February 27, 2012