ASHLAND -- Ashland University's third annual 24-hour theatre project debuts Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. in the Center for the Art's studio theatre.
The project entails AU students completely writing, producing, hospitality and performing for an audience in a show all within a 24-hour time limit.
Students are segmented into varying groups such writers, set construction, sound crew, lighting crew and others in order to tackle the show. Participants have absolutely no idea what kind of show will be produced until the start of the project.
Megan Harvey, Ashland University alumni, originally founded the 24-hour theatre project in 2017, producing a show called "No Shoelaces Allowed."
"While attending Ashland University, I chose to create my own multiple-disciplinary major in theatre and business management which would aid me in my professional goals to bring theatrical art to audiences," said Harvey. "The 24-hour theatre project takes the entire theatrical experience of auditioning actors, writing a script, memorizing and rehearsing the freshly written script with actors, designing, marketing and performing the final product into a condensed time period of one single day."
Harvey currently is working for the Akron Civic Theatre.
"My senior project made me uniquely prepared to take on a real-world career in theatre and allowed me to assist in developing something bigger than myself and create other performance and technical opportunities for the students of Ashland University," she said.
This year's 24-hour theatre project is headed by Ivey Jean Buffenmyer, who took the baton from Naomi Sims who handled it last year.
Buffenmyer spoke about one the changes she is adding this year.
"We have all of our area leaders who are seasoned people who have done that before, who work in the department and who have experience," said Buffenmyer. "I am giving them each an assistant who is a freshmen.
We are adding these new people in who are assistants that way they can directly learn under the upperclassmen."
Buffenmyer advised participants to "embrace the madness" and utilize any downtime to get some sleep.
The event is free and open to the public and will feature a raffle.
"We have some awesome clocks that were made by the art department that we are raffling off," said Buffenmyer. "We are going to use them on the set and then raffle them off at the end of the show.
"They look super cool."
Ashland University's 24-hour theatre project makes it's one and only debut tonight at 7:30 p.m. in CFA's studio theatre.