4th Annual Play in a Day at St. Andrews Feb. 5
Laurinburg, N.C. – The Highland Players and St. Andrews Presbyterian College Theatre Program will present the fourth annual Play in a Day public performance at 8 p.m. on Feb. 5 in the Morris Morgan Theatre on the college campus. Admission is $2.
“The concept is simple,” said Mark Mannette, assistant professor of theatre. “On Friday evening, participants meet to be divided into teams that include a director, playwright and actors. At 8 p.m., the playwrights begin writing. They must be done at 6 a.m. to hand a copy to the director and start a discussion. An hour later, the actors come prepared to rehearse. Then, at 8 p.m. on Saturday, the curtain rises and the plays begin for the public.”
The Play in a Day, or 24-Hour Theatre Project, has grown each year, with participants returning because of the challenge.
“I had never participated in putting on a show in 24 hours,” said Alex King, president of the Highland Players and a senior at St. Andrews, who participated last year. “The most time I’ve ever had to do a show was three weeks of rehearsal with 14 performances. It was a new challenge and experience.”
Assistant Professor of English Debbie DePiero said, “I did the 24-Hour Theatre project as a challenge to myself. I didn’t decide to do it the second year until the last minute but I’m glad that I did.” DePiero was not the only one glad that she returned to write for a second year.
“Students are still talking about the script Debbie wrote last year and how great it was,” said Mannette.
King was one of the actors who portrayed DePiero’s vision.
“The group I worked with was awesome so working with them on our script that Prof. DePiero wrote for us was a lot of fun,” King said. “It was the story of the St. Andrews Knight and the Scotsman. The crowd laughed hysterically when Kyle Davis came out as the Scotsman and fought with Payden Reilly as the Knight. I got a front row seat to watch the fight on stage with them and it was so hard not to laugh.”
The actors also impressed the playwright.
“The best part of the whole experience was seeing my play up on stage,” DePiero said. “I was amazed at the way the actors and director brought it to life.”
It is that kind of reaction that has King contemplating a change in roles this year.
“I might act again but there are other options,” she said. “You can direct the play, write the play or act in it. I am currently in the directing and playwriting class so who knows. I could decide to write or direct this time.”
Mannette, who has done all aspects of the 24-hour theatre project, is highly enthusiastic about the event.
“The nature of the under fire creativity pressure produces an exhilarating burst of adrenaline that you will never forget, “ he said. “At the sacrifice of a little sleep you will find the experience well worth it.”
King agrees, “It’s a once in a lifetime show. There’s one opportunity to see the plays and after that night, they are never to be seen again. You don’t want to be the one hearing about it and wishing you had gone to see it.”
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