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Cambridge HS presents the play "The 39 Steps" as a benefit production for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation April 25-26



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Tony Burgos and Seba Hirmanpour. (click for larger version)

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Alyssa Shuey and Billy Melfi. (click for larger version)

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Brawley Thomas and Billy Melfi. (click for larger version)

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Kate Stallworth and Billy Melfi. (click for larger version)
April 18, 2013
ALPHARETTA, Ga. — The Cambridge High School drama department presents the Olivier-award winning play "The 39 Steps" as a benefit production for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).

This free event will be performed at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 25 and Friday, April 26 in the black box performance venue, 2845 Bethany Bend in Milton.

Tickets are free, but there will be opportunities for patrons to make donations to JDRF while enjoying quality theater performed by a cast of 18 student actors and technicians.

This British spy story follows Richard Hannay, played by junior Billy Melfi, a London bachelor who is framed for murder and forced on a journey full of wacky characters to clear his name.

"This show is great because it is family-friendly and the physical comedy keeps it going. There is never a dull moment," said Kate Stallworth, a junior at Cambridge and the play's leading actress.

It is a full-length comedy around an hour long with a 15 minute intermission.

"'The 39 Steps' makes fun of a number of Alfred Hitchcock movies like 'Rear Window,' 'Dial M for Murder,' 'Psycho,' 'Vertigo' and 'Strangers on a Train," said Emme Raus, a senior at Cambridge and director of the show.

"But the thing is, the audience does not have to know the references to enjoy the play."

All contributions will support an Atlanta branch of JDRF in Buckhead, an organization that works to cure, treat and prevent Type 1 diabetes.

"My cousin, my boyfriend and his brother all are inflicted with Type 1 diabetes. I've seen how it affects the day-to-day lives of those close to me and this is my way to help the cause," Raus said.

For more information on the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, visit www.jdrf.org.

This article was published in the Milton Herald April 17, 2013 edition

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