Scottsdale Community College’s top-rated theater department will offer two free productions to the public

The Scottsdale Community College Theater Department, after an absence due to COVID-19 safety measures, will present two spring productions.

The semester began with a successful run of a Roaring Twenties-style rendition of William Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night.”

This show was originally scheduled to take place in early December, but had to be pushed back due to health and safety measures.

“Right before Thanksgiving, someone caught COVID-19,” said Don Williams, head of SCC’s Directing and Performance Department. “We have made the executive decision to move production to the first week of this semester.”

The show has been locked for the end of January.

In a desperate attempt to prevent further productions from being delayed, Williams and his team continued to move forward safely.

“We started rehearsals [for The 39 Steps] the very next day,” Williams said.

the 39 stepsis an adaptation of the novel and the film version of John Buchan and Alfred Hitchcock respectively and was rewritten for the stage by Patrick Barlow.

According to CCS website, the play “blends a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel and a dash of Monty Python, to create a fast-paced thriller for anyone who loves the magic of the theater.”

“It’s so much fun,” Williams said. “Five actors play 50 roles. It’s a really interesting challenge.

Compiling a cast of 50 capable actors who know their roles inside and out is no easy task, but being able to entrust this task to just five people is a testament to why the department is so highly regarded.

“The staff here are very friendly, very good at guiding you in the right direction while allowing you to be creative,” said one of the lead actors, Ashley Thomson. “I never feel lost or overwhelmed just because if I fall I know there’s a safe place to land.”

The annual student-led production complements the spring semester.

Students in the director program can come up with ideas for a production they would like to put together and, if selected, have the opportunity to do so.

“It’s a really cool opportunity. They get the full value of the production,” Williams said. “Costumes, sets, props, lights, sound, they have a whole crew. It’s a very nice setup.

This year’s feature film will feature “Long Way Go Down” by Zayd Dohrn.

The piece is “the story of a young mexican couple trapped“at a crossing station when they cannot repay their debts to the American coyotes who smuggled them across the border.”

The current production of “The 39 Steps” will take place at the Scottsdale Community College Performing Arts Center on March 4, 5, and 11, beginning at 7:30 p.m., and March 5 and 12, at 2 p.m.

Admission is free and seats can be reserved here for “The 39 Steps.”

“Long Way Go Down” will take place at the Blackbox Theater on April 29 at 7:30 p.m. and April 30 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Book your free tickets here for “Long way down.”

Sam D. Gomez