Grove City College presents the third annual 24 Hour Theater Project at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29 in the Little Theatre of the Pew Fine Arts Center on campus.
The innovative project challenges students to write, rehearse, direct and stage a series of one-act plays in a single day’s time. It is sponsored by Tau Alpha Phi, the campus theater honorary, but all students are welcome and encouraged to participate in what is, ultimately, a challenge of creativity, teamwork and perseverance.
The work begins at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, when students are broken up into teams of actors, writer, director, or stage technician. The writers and directors collaborate to create original scripts until rehearsals begin early Saturday morning. Actors memorize their lines, block out the stage and the team perfects their work. Ready or not, when the audience fills the theatre Saturday evening, it is showtime.
“It’s a great way to get a taste of the Theatre Program at Grove City College,” according to Emmy Larison ’20, senior coordinator. “Everyone is under the same pressures, so we are there for each other and work to keep each other smiling.”
“This year we have more people interested in writing than we have ever had before, which will allow us to have shorter plays and more of them.” Larison said.
The 24-Hour Theater Project has become a widely-anticipated campus event. Saturday’s performance is free and open to the public.