FREMONT - Fremont Community Theatre and its president, Mitch Antesky, are to bring back "Play in a Day," which is to begin Friday evening and turn out completely new, original plays for performances at 8 p.m. Saturday.
On a Friday night, a group of dedicated thespians, actors, writers, directors and techies will gather. During a social get-to-know-each other hour, headshots are taken. A one-minute audition process begins (with whatever talent the actors choose to feature) and within the first hour, directors have selected casts. Soon, actors and directors go home to rest up for the next day. A predetermined number of writing teams of two or three write a short, 10-15 minute play to be rehearsed and performed at 8 p.m. the next evening, using a variety of randomly chosen themes and mystery props that must somehow be incorporated into each show, ready or not!
Writers work through the night with plenty of caffeinated beverages provided. By 7 a.m. Saturday, the shows are ready for the directors to read finished versions. At that point, the writing teams go home to sleep, and the morning brings the directors and actors back to begin the memorizing and rehearsal process. The technical crew finds props, costumes and constructs set pieces and special items that have appeared in the new scripts. Rehearsal times on stage are shared and much practice is staged in quiet corners.
After quick meals and more rehearsals, the curtain goes up on a group of world premiere works, and (hopefully) the audience is amazed at what they are watching, knowing none of it existed a day earlier.
"Play in a Day" is for theatre enthusiasts who cannot commit to a fully-staged production. To work on a writing team, direct a play or help with technical aspects, contact Antesky by calling the theater at (419) 332-0775, or check out "Play in a Day" on Facebook. Those interested in acting should come to the open call at 7 p.m. Friday. No experience is necessary. There will be a $15 registration fee at the door.
Fremont Community Theatre is at 1551 Dickinson St., Fremont. Saturday's performance is open to the public. Tickets will be $5 at the door.