For 39 STEPS, two of our community cohorts were high school students. Here’s a journal entry from Maria Albanese, from Kendall. She’s a theatre student in the Monroe-2 BOCES New Visions Program, a college/career exploration program.
On November 9th, 2013 I was able to go back stage and see the production of 39 Steps at Geva Theater. This was one of the most interesting and fun experiences of my life. I was able to watch how all the special effects were possible on stage and how all the props were placed in specific scenes. One of my personal favorites was the shadow puppet scenes with all four actors behind a big white screen and different props to make it look like they were in the distance and running away from the police, the birds from the movie The Birds and even managed to incorporate the house from the movie Psycho. The humor in the play was mostly based on how the characters would switch right before the audiences eyes by simply switching hats and sometimes taking off and putting back on a coat. The audience, including myself, ate this up and loved every second of it. It was even more amusing from backstage watching them quick change with each hat, coat, and wig. This experience with Backstage Geva managed to fuel my love of theater and entertainment even more.
Truly one of the best and most amazing experiences I have ever had.” – Maria Albanese