Friday, March 22, 7 p.m.; Saturday, March 23, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; and Sunday, March 24, 7 p.m.

BISMARCK, ND— Leave it to University of Mary Theater Department Director Daniel Bielinski and his talented students to ratchet up the humor and suspense to an Alfred Hitchcock masterpiece, The 39 Steps.

“It’s Monty Python meets Hitchcock,” remarked Bielinski, of his adaptation of the classic 1935 British thriller film.

The plot follows Richard Hannay as he is framed for murder and then must journey to Scotland to confront the master spy orchestrating the downfall of England.

“The beauty of this fast-paced comedy thriller production is the audience will thoroughly enjoy the multitude of roles our students will be playing,” added Bielinski. “The play has hundreds of characters, with 14 actors filling all the roles. They also play dogs, sheep, doors, windows, car parts, hotel signs and other inanimate objects. It’s a very interactive show, with actors talking to the audience, climbing over the seats. It should be a blast to be in the audience.”

There will be four opportunities to be part of the audience and watch this portrayal of The 39 Stepsin downtown Bismarck’s historic Belle Mehus Theater: Friday, March 22, 7 p.m.; Saturday, March 23, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; and Sunday, March 24, 7 p.m.

The production is 90 minutes in length, suitable for all ages. Tickets are $10 and only available at the box office door. Faculty and students receive one free ticket with the showing of their MCard at the box office.