The Bethel University Theatre Department is holding a 24-Hour Theatre Project, starting on the evening of Fri., Feb. 7. Join them on Saturday, Feb. 8, at 8 p.m. for their performances in the Kelly Auditorium located in the Middleton Hall of Science on Bethel’s campus.
Theatre students will be put to the test during this sleepless and fast-paced event. At the start of the event, five writers will receive a topic, which will be the event’s theme, and will write a 10-minute play corresponding to the topic. Their plays will be cast and rehearsed, lines will be memorized, sets will be created, and performances will take place, all within 24 hours.
According to the Theatre Department, performances aren’t graded, but serve as a teaching tool for students. The constraints of this unique form will test and encourage collaboration, improvisation and creativity. Participants will have an opportunity to bring stories to life on stage in just a brief span of time.
The event will begin with a director and writer meeting at 7 p.m. on Friday, followed by auditions and casting. Directors, playwrights and actors will then meet briefly at 10:15 p.m., before directors and actors are dismissed for the night. Writers will stay and write their scripts in Sufficient Grounds, the coffee shop on campus, from 10:45 p.m. until 6 a.m., when the directors will report to read the first drafts of the plays. After finalizing the drafts and meeting with the technical staff, directors and playwrights will meet with the actors at 9 a.m. on Saturday. Then, rehearsals will begin and run all day, with a lunch break at noon and a dinner break at 4:30 p.m. Technical rehearsals will begin at 5 p.m. and run until doors opens for the final performances at 7:30 p.m.
Performances on Saturday, Feb 8, at 8 p.m. are free and open to the public.