The 39 Steps
by Georgetown Palace Theatre

May. 13 (2023)

In The 39 Steps, a man with a boring life meets a woman with a thick accent who says she’s a spy. When he takes her home, she is murdered. Soon, a mysterious organization called “The 39 Steps” is hot on the man’s trail in a nationwide manhunt that climaxes in a death-defying finale! A riotous blend of virtuoso performances and wildly inventive stagecraft, The 39 Steps amounts to an unforgettable evening of pure pleasure!

Director: Keyshaan Castle
Stage Manager: Emily Taylor

The production will open Friday, July 28, 2023 and close Sunday, August 27, 2023.  

Actors of all ethnicities and gender identities are encouraged to audition. In reference to the character descriptions below—most characters we encounter currently are in the binary and are written with he/him or she/her pronouns and you will see that in the following descriptions. But however limiting the descriptions are, our casting seeks to be as inclusive as possible and we invite gender non-conforming, genderqueer, transgender and non-binary actors to submit for the roles they most identify with. We will also list race/ethnicity when specific to the character but are otherwise seeking all races and ethnicities. Let us know if you have any questions, concerns, or if there are any accommodations we can provide (from language developed by Kevin Kantor and Emily Tarquin from the Actors Theatre of Louisville)”.


All the roles in the play are performed by four actors. One plays Richard Hannay; a female plays the three women in the play; and two “clowns” play every other character, including heroes, villains, men, women, children, and even the occasional inanimate object. The following is only a partial list of those many characters.

For this production, we are seeking actors 18 and up.

Actor 1 – 

  • Richard Hannay: Male Presenting – A quick witted, dapper, English gentleman who is bored an unfulfilled in life. Upon meeting the secret agent Annabella, Richard has to go on the run and finds himself involved in a plot that could save his whole country. *Intimacy involved

Actor 2 – 

  • Annabella Schmidt: Female presenting – An exotic secret agent, Annabella Schmidt is in dire need of Hannay’s help.
  • Pamela: Female presenting – A beautiful woman, Pamela is lured into Hannay’s adventure but is skeptical of his claims of innocence.
  • Margaret: Female presenting – Crofter the farmer’s wife, Margaret is a shy young woman who dreams of life and adventure in the city. *Intimacy involved

Actor 3 and Actor 4 – 

  • Any gender – heroes, villains, men, women, children, and even the occasional inanimate object – If auditioning for this role, on your form please notate any accents or dialects your comfortable with as well as any special skills you may have. 

We would also like to cast 2 swings for this production. 

*Any Intimacy will be choreographed by the play’s director and will be following GPT’s standard intimacy protocol. 


Auditions will be held Saturday, May 13 starting at 1:00 pm with callbacks Monday, May 15. Callbacks are by invitation only, and will be posted on the Palace website, but an email with the callback link will be sent to everyone who auditioned when the callback list gets posted online. 

  • Please prepare a 60-second comedic monologue of your choosing. It does not have to be memorized but should be prepared.  We welcome auditioners that are 18 and older. 
  • Callbacks will consist of cold reads from the script. Sides will be posted with the callback list.

Auditions are located at the Palace Playhouse 216 W. 8th street Georgetown TX 78626. Initial Auditions and Callbacks will be on the Playhouse Stage. 

Auditions are scheduled online via the Palace website. You will fill out the audition form, sign up for a time, and fill out the conflict calendar, as well as upload a headshot and resume. Questions should be emailed to

You will receive an email confirming your appointment. If you are unable to attend any of the audition times, please go ahead and fill out the form and put yourself on the waiting list. Then send us an email and we will try to work with you to schedule an alternative time.

Click HERE to fill out the form!
When filling out your form, the director would like you to notate any accents and/or dialects that you are comfortable with and any special skills that you may have. 

**Please note that auditions may be recorded for use in casting**


  • Scripts will be distributed the week after casting offers go out. 
  • Rehearsals will begin on/around June 19.
  • Rehearsals for this production will be a different than normal schedule. Monday through Wednesday from 7:00 p-10:00 p, Saturdays from 1:00 p-5:00 p and Sundays from 6:00 p-9:00 p.
  • As of now, no Thursday rehearsals will be scheduled until Tech. 
  • Tech week rehearsals remain the same as a normal Palace schedule. (T-F 6:30p-11p and Sat/Sun 1p-11p)


Performances are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p, and Sundays at 2 p. Sometimes ticket demand causes us to add Saturday Matinee performances at 2 p.  


Please make sure to notate all conflicts that you are aware of on your conflict sheet when filling out your audition form. It is difficult to create a rehearsal schedule if we do not know all of your conflicts up front. Adding all of your conflicts after casting could result in removal of the production. 


Once casting is completed (typically 2-3 days after callbacks), emails will be sent to the actors that will be offered a role in the production. Once the full cast has accepted, everyone else who auditioned will be notified via email.


Everyone should self-monitor for symptoms and stay home if they do not feel well. You should also wear a mask if you have direct exposure to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, and get tested on the 5th day following the exposure.

We’re constantly monitoring and evaluating our policies and will update them based on guidance from the CDC.

The Georgetown Palace Theatre is committed to creating an inclusive and safe environment in which all community members feel a sense of belonging and does not discriminate in casting practices on the basis of an individual’s ethnicity, age, gender, physical and cognitive ability, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, country of origin, or other factors.  We strongly encourage candidates of all ages, abilities, gender, and ethnicities to audition.

Please see our operating Standards at the following link:
Georgetown Palace Operating Standards

Everyone involved with the production must submit to a background check at the Palace’s expense. If you are cast, you will receive a secure link where you can fill it out. There is no cost to you.

The Georgetown Palace Theatre is a 501c3 non-profit organization. There is no compensation for any of the actors at this time.  

If you have any questions, please email