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What is the 24 Hour Show?

 By: John Adam

At the beginning of spring quarter, I participated in a RIT Players tradition: The 24 Hour Show. This past show was one of the best I have had the pleasure of being a part of since coming to RIT Fall 2012. The 24 Hour Show is exactly what it says on the tin- a play written, rehearsed, and produced in 24 hours.

The 24 Hour Show is one of my favorite RIT Players events because it is 24 hours of organized chaos. It is a great way to meet a bunch of new people and try to be funny. No matter what you have or have not done in theater, it is a great time and a great opportunity to try new things. The best part is that it is only a 24-hour commitment! So if this sounds like a good way to spend 24 hours of your life, come out for the next RIT Players 24 Hour Show.

Starting on a Friday night, actors assemble in Fireside lounge and audition for the Artistic Director and Assistant Artistic Director, this 24 Hour Show the Artistic Director was Brittany Remington and the Assistant Artistic Director was Leslie Bowen. After everyone interested in acting has auditioned, the Artistic Director reveals the theme for the show, and the writers begin the long process of, well, writing. The theme chosen for this 24 Hour Show was ‘Change Your Story.’ For about six hours, writers toss ideas back and forth, until finally everyone submits their scripts to the Artistic Director, who spends another few hours choosing the best scripts, matching them with directors, and finally casting each show.

The next morning, everyone meets back up, takes their scripts and individual casts break off to rehearse. Meanwhile, the Artistic Director tries to take a nap, since they usually have not slept. Typically, the Artistic Director and the Assistant Artistic Director do not act in skits but due to some last minute changes, Brittany and Leslie  ran the entire show and participated in two of the six acts, pushing total hours awake from about 24 to about 36! Everyone practices all day, and after a short break for dinner, the entire cast assembles once again to put on the show. The show goes up, and afterwards the cast can finally sleep.

John is a second year marketing major who has acted, directed and participated in the marketing committee during his time with the RIT Players.

 

Here is a peek at the inside of the program:

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