Marathon theater event in third year

Sep 15, 2013 Staff

Original theater scripts will once again be rehearsed and staged in a marathon-style event Saturday at Central Wyoming College.

For a third year, CWC will present "4 (or more) in 24," where multiple casts rehearse at least four original, short productions in a non-stop, 24-hour period and present them at 7:30 p.m. on the main stage of the Robert A. Peck Arts Center.

Directing, set building, costume creation, lighting design and acting come together in just one day.

Only 100 seats will be placed around the stage, surrounding the actors on three sides.

"It's a one-time only event," said CWC theater director Mike Myers. "If you miss this one performance, you'll never get a chance to see it again."

Proceeds from the $4 tickets, available at the CWC Box Office in advance or at the door, are used to purchase materials for scenery, props and costumes and to feed the more than 30 participants who prepare for the production for a solid 24 hours.

At least four scripts are selected by a panel to produce, and Myers selects four students with previous experience as the directors. The directors, who get to preview the script one day ahead, select the actors by pulling names from a hat. Other participants work on the technical side, hanging lights and finding costumes.

Once the actors and crew come to the center, they are not allowed to leave until after the shows are finished and the theater is cleaned. Myers is the only who can venture out to make necessary purchases. Last year, participants brought sleeping bags to catch short naps.

Myers said the experience is so great for the students that he has several graduates now at the University of Wyoming returning to participate in this year's show.

He thinks theater aficionados will appreciate the hard work of the cast and crew and wants to emphasize that all of the scripts are original.

"Some of the scripts are quite good," the director said, explaining the show serves as a workshop for the playwrights who want to take their work further. "There is no other place in the region that performs all original scripts."

Tickets may be purchased at the CWC Box Office or online at Season ticket holders should call the box office in advance at 855-2002 to hold their seats.

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