Reinhardt Theatre Club Hosts 24-Hour Play Festival October 7-8
Calling all amateur theatre actors, writers, directors and backstage people! Reinhardt University Theatre Club is hosting a 24-hour Play Festival October 7-8, in the Falany Performing Arts Center on the University’s campus in Waleska, Ga.
All positions are open to Reinhardt students, faculty and staff, but the club is especially seeking participation from local high school students. There will be at least four teams, with each team consisting of a director, one or more writers, four to six actors, and several backstage people.
“A 24-hour play festival is a great way for people with no or little experience in theatrical productions to get involved in a non-threatening way,” said Dr. Wayne Glowka, club advisor and dean of the School of Arts & Humanities. “Taking a part in a full-length play (after succeeding at the audition) can tie a person up in rehearsals for six to eight weeks. However, all of the plays in a 24-hour festival last only ten minutes. The actors know their lines in an hour or two and gain a lot of confidence in their abilities in the course of day. The audience does not have to sit through three hours of dialogue to see the resolution to some problem in the plot: at a 24-hour play festival, there is a new problem and a new resolution every ten minutes during the performances.”
The Show Will Go On!
Teams will first meet on Friday, Oct. 7, at 7 p.m., on campus during a pizza dinner. Actors will bring a favorite prop that illustrates what type of actor they are or what type of theatre productions they like best, which the writers can choose to take as inspiration for the play they write. After all introductions are made, at 8 p.m., writers will retire to a computer lab, charged to produce a script for their actors by 8 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 8. Then, at 8 a.m., actors and directors will receive copies of the scripts and will read through, block, and rehearse the plays for performance that night at 8 p.m. in the FPAC.
“Whether you are an audience member or part of the production, we look forward to you sharing in this special event hosted by the Theatre Club. We expect continuous laughter! A good time is to be had by all!”
Ticket are $3 for students and $5 for non-students. Proceeds will benefit a favorite charity of RU’s Campus Ministry.