The 39 Steps at Encore Center

The Encore Center announced The 39 Steps as its first-ever outdoor production.  In these unusual times, their traditional theatre space is not an option, so they are constructing an open-air stage behind their building and inviting audiences to enjoy socially-distanced performances under the stars.

This new option will provide our community the opportunity to partake in live theatre events in a way that ensures as safe an experience as possible.  Individuals or groups who reserve tickets together will be assigned an area socially distanced from all other theatre-goers, and bringing your own lawn chairs diminishes the risk of contact exposure to germs.  

And with so many things to fret about these days, The 39 Steps is the perfect escape in downtown Southern Pines.  Based on the 1915 Novel by John Buchan which later became an Alfred Hitchcock film, The 39 Steps is a madcap farce featuring just four actors playing every character in the show: heroes, villains, men, women, children —  sometimes even multiple characters at once. 

Featuring local comedic audience favorites Gus Allen, Joshua Anderson, Patrick Holt, and Greta Zandstra, and staged by renowned director and choreographer Jacob Toth, the film’s serious spy story is played mainly for laughs and is sure to leave audiences chuckling.

And of course, to help keep audiences safe, they are limiting the number of audience members, so the performances on Friday, September 11 and Saturday, September 12 are already sold out.


Tickets are still available for Sunday, September 13 at 7:30 pm, and two additional shows have been scheduled for 7:30 pm on Friday, September 18 and Saturday, September 19 at beautiful Aberdeen Lake Park.  General admission is just $10, or add to the fun by reserving a VIP spot for $20, which includes premium seating and a basket of chef-curated snacks and beverages.

For safety reasons, seating is limited, so please reserve your spot in advance.

For tickets or more information about The 39 Steps or other upcoming productions, visit their website or by calling (910) 725-0603.

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