CIU Thespians Present “The 39 Steps”

A Review by Michael A. Lanier

I walked into Hoke Auditorium, believing that I already knew what to expect from the CIU Thespians' newest production, The 39 Steps. I was already familiar with the story: the famous Alfred Hitchcock directed the film adaption of the popular novel back in the 1950s, and having seen the movie, I was ready for the suspenseful British tale to come to life on the stage. But what I did not expect was the twist that the Thespians put on this famous story, and that twist was a hearty dose of comedy.

“In Step” "At the Hop”

Meghann Miller and Josiah Anzenberger dress in '50s fashion.

CIU students prepped for the annual winter formal with an evening of swing dance lessons and a little competition. To add to the fun, students dressed in “sock hop” fashion as if it were the 1950s. 

The winning dance couple was Josiah Anzenberger and Meghann Miller.

Anzenberger says he only learned to swing dance about a month ago and he says he “loved it right away.”

So when he and Miller won the competition, it was only his second time dancing. He says he was “very surprised to win.”

Andrea Barbian-Shimberg

Professor of Clinical Counseling
Professor of Clinical Counseling
(803) 807-5354

Andrea Barbian-Shimberg holds a Ph.D. in Leadership with an emphasis on Counselor Education and Supervision from the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Kentucky.

In addition to teaching at CIU, Andrea has a private practice in Huntersville, North Carolina where she primarily counsels adolescents, young adults and individuals struggling with eating disorders.

She and her husband Brian have four children and an adopted black lab puppy named Watson. In her spare time Andrea enjoys riding her bike, relaxing at the lake, coaching soccer and watching Clemson football. 


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