The 39 Steps (Grades 6-12)

Students entering Grades 6 through 12 this school year looking for an audition-only theatre experience: Join us for the hilarious smash hit, The 39 Steps!

Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have The 39 Steps, a fast-paced whodunit for anyone who loves the magic of theatre! This two-time Tony® and Drama Desk Award-winning treat is packed with nonstop laughs, over 150 zany characters (played by a ridiculously talented small cast), an onstage plane crash, handcuffs, missing fingers, and some good old-fashioned romance!

If your student is not old enough, does not wish to audition, or would like to participate in a virtual program, please consider enrolling in our Youth Theatre Companies programs Rock On! and Disney’s Moana Jr. for Grades PreK-12! Students may audition for Rock On! at the same time as The 39 Steps and The Sound of Music, while auditions for Disney’s Moana Jr. will take place later this semester! (See below.)

CFCArts is a Gardiner Scholarship provider, and the Gardiner Scholarship can be used to cover program tuition! CFCArts scholarships are also available.

Please click here for an extensive outline of our safety procedures.

Please email Director of Education – Youth Programs and Academy, Leah Porrata, at Leah.Porrata@cfcarts.com with any questions.

Rehearsals will begin January 11 and run as late as possibly February 26 on the campus of Calvary Orlando (1199 Clay Street, Winter Park, FL 32789) in the Education Center (Building 2, see map) following the safety procedures linked here.

Rehearsals will take place Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays between 5:30 and 8:15 PM. Not all cast members will be called to all rehearsals. A full rehearsal schedule will be created after casting based on cast members’ conflicts, and will be shared at the beginning of the rehearsal process.

Tech and dress rehearsals will take place either between February 20-26 or February 27-March 5.  Tech and dress rehearsals will likely start earlier and go longer than regular rehearsals. All cast must attend all tech and dress rehearsals and performances or they will not be able to perform.

Performances will take place on either February 26-28 or March 5-7. Venue is still to be determined but will likely be in the Winter Park or Central Orlando area.
Performances will have a limited number of live seats available. Tickets can be purchased on the event page.

Performances will follow the safety procedures linked here.

  • Tuition is $175 for all cast members. Scholarships and payment plans are available; see below.
    Please do not attempt to pay tuition before casting has been announced, as not all students will be cast in this production.
    There are four ways to cover tuition:
    • Complete the tuition payment in full via PayPal using the links above, or by mailing a check (made out to CFCArts) to PO Box 720517 Orlando, FL 32872 (please wait until after casting to mail; email youth@cfcarts.com once check is posted.)
    • Reach out to youth@cfcarts.com to set up a tuition payment plan. The first installment will be due no later than Monday, May 3. The final installment will be due no later than Monday, May 31. Installment payments may be made online via PayPal (a link will be provided) or by mailing a check (made out to CFCArts) to PO Box 720517 Orlando, FL 32872 (please wait until after casting to mail; email youth@cfcarts.com once check is posted, and be sure to set up your payment plan with us first.)
    • To use a Gardiner Scholarship, please email Leah@cfcarts.com with your student’s ID number. Please note if your Gardiner Scholarship is through AAA or Step Up for Students (SUFS.)

Complete the Scholarship Application to be considered for a scholarship for this program (please wait until after casting to apply.)

Auditions for The 39 Steps are January 7-9 for students entering Grades 3 through 12 this school year. (If your student is not old enough or does not wish to audition, please consider enrolling in our Youth Theatre Companies program’s productions of Rock On! or Disney’s Moana Jr. for Grades PreK-12.)

Callbacks will take place January 10 from 3-7 PM for students who are requested to attend. If a callback is requested, you will be contacted by January 9 at 10 PM by email. Students will be notified of their casting no later than January 11 at 10 AM by email.

Click here for a list of character descriptions!

Audition blocks:

Audition blocks are listed below, and you can select which one your student will attend on your student’s Registration Form.

  • Block A – Thursday, January 7, 5-8 PM
  • Block B – Friday, January 8, 6-9 PM
  • Block C – Saturday, January 9, 9 AM-12 PM
  • Block D – Saturday, January 9, 1-4 PM
  • Block E – Saturday, January 9, 5-8 PM

How to prepare:

  • Fill out your student’s Registration Form. Headshots and resumes are encouraged as well, and can be emailed to youth@cfcarts.com. Please do not bring hard copies to your audition.
  • If auditioning only for The 39 Steps, no sheet music or singing audition is required. Please see audition specifics for Rock On! and/or The Sound of Music if auditioning for more than one production, as a singing element is required for anyone wanting to be considered for a featured role in Rock On! and/or The Sound of Music.
  • Please bring a water bottle. Mess-free, nut-free snacks are permitted to be eaten during breaks only. Gum is not permitted.
  • Please wear proper attire for a dance audition. Dance or athletic shoes required. No restrictive attire, open-toed shoes, flip-flops/sandals, heels, or skirts/dresses without leggings or shorts beneath.
  • No monologue is required. All auditioners will participate in cold readings from The Sound of Music and/or The 39 Steps, regardless of which production(s) they are auditioning for. The scripts will be emailed to all auditioners at least two days prior to the auditions.
  • Auditions, as well as rehearsals, are closed to parents, family members, and other visitors. For safety reasons, only students and approved staff/volunteers are permitted.
  • Research the production to gain an understanding of what roles you may be best suited to in this production.

If your student would like some help preparing for their audition, the CFCArts Academy is here to help with Virtual Private Lessons in audition prep covering acting, voice, and/or dance coaching! Lessons can be one-time (called “Flex”) or you can set up recurring lessons if you prefer. Contact Academy@cfcarts.com to register!

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Not quite ready to join but have some questions about the program or how to get involved?
Just ask! Contact our office at 407-937-1800;719, or email us at Youth@cfcarts.com.

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