The Excitement of East’s 24 Hour Play

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Smithtown High School East’s Drama Club presented a 24 hour play in the auditorium on June 12. The following is the exciting fast-paced timeframe for this show to happen within 24 hours:


3 p.m.: Three writers assembled on a Google Meet, and are given a common prop (camera) that they needed to use as a focus in their one-act play. Nine actors will be in the play on Saturday. Writers decide between themselves how many roles they will need to use all of the actors. Each play should be no more than 20 pages in length. Their shows can be any genre.

4 p.m.-12 a.m.: Writers go on their own to finish their scripts. Some finished earlier, and some finished in the wee hours of the night. Scripts were an average of 15-20 pages. This will translate into a 20 minute running time for each show. The approximate time is 90 minutes total for the whole show.


8 a.m.: Directors receive the scripts.

9 -10 a.m.: Three directors read their scripts and complete the casting of their show with the nine actors.

10 -11 a.m.: Table reading: Actors read through the script and the director discusses their creative vision.

11 a.m. -12 p.m.: Stage blocking: Directors block the movements for the actors on stage throughout the play.

12:30 - 2 p.m.: Rehearsals: Actors run their dialogue, attempt to memorize their lines, and rehearse the blocking/movement in the play.

2-3 p.m.: Set design and costume selection: Props, small scale sets, furniture are pulled or created that day for each show. Directors instruct crew and stage manager of overall creative aesthetic being used onstage, as well as running the shows with them to show them when pieces are moved on and off the stage.


4- 6 p.m.: Final full dress rehearsals: Actors are dressed in full costume and use any props necessary for their show.

7 - 8:30 p.m.: Final performances of three one-act plays for a live audience in the auditorium