Bethel University 24-hour theater challenge

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- What can you do in 24 hours?

The Bethel University Theatre Department is holding a 24-hour theatre project from Friday, February 7th through Saturday, February 8th.

The project asks students to create 5, 10 minute plays in just 24 hours. 

It will pull together actors/actresses, directors, writers, and producers to write, direct, and perform these completely original performances.

In this sleepless and fast-paced event, students talents will be put to the test.

The time constraints in place will be a great learning opportunity for students to work on collaboration, improvisation and creativity all to bring a unique story to life.

The event starts at 7 p.m. Friday night with a director and writer meeting which moves into auditions and castings which can be equating to picking from the draft. 

5 directors will pick 5 students each to act in their specific play. 

At 10:15 p.m. directors, play wrights and actors will have a short meeting before the directors and actors leave for the evening.

Then the coffee shop, Sufficient Grounds, will be filled with the writers from 10:45 p.m. to 6 a.m. writing their scripts until they hand them off to the directors who will read the first drafts.

Once the scripts are finalized and the technical staff is up to speed the crew will meet with the actors at 9 a.m. to begin rehearsals.

Technical rehearsals will begin at 5 p.m. and go through 7:30 p.m. when the doors open to the public followed with the performances starting at 8 p.m.

The event is FREE and open to the public.

The performances will be held inside the Kelly Auditorium located in Middleton Hall of Science on Bethel University's campus.

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