St. Anthony Community Theater presents PlayFest

If you have ever wanted to write, direct or star in your own stage play, now is your chance. The St. Anthony Community Theater will be hosting its first ever PlayFest, where they are inviting teams of two to five people to write and stage a one-act play within 48 hours.

There will be rules each team must follow when writing the play, which will be given to the teams at an organizational meeting, held on Thursday, Jan. 30 at the St. Anthony Village High School auditorium at 7 p.m. Teams will then have 48 hours to write short, one-act plays, which they will perform on stage, starting at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1. Teams must register by Thursday, Jan. 23 and can do so at http://sactheater.org/village-playfest/. There is a $20 registration fee per team, which will be collected at the organizational meeting on Jan. 30.

The performances will be free and open to the public, and audience members can vote for their favorite play. After votes are tallied, a PlayFest trophy will be awarded to the winning team. The theater is providing the stage and basic lighting; the rest is up to the teams.

“Seeing the abundant creativity of those involved in recent productions gave me a hint that there would be people capable of pulling together a short play,” SACT President David Severtson says. “The community theater has remained true to its mission of involving as many community residents as possible, and the PlayFest does this in a way that, hopefully speaking, lets them be creative through the whole process, from script idea through writing, character development, rehearsing and performing.”

One does not need to be an experienced performer or playwright to participate, and the theater’s staff is encouraging anyone who wants to get involved to do so.

“This is an opportunity where anyone can experience what it’s like to be part of a play, to write, direct and act,” SACT marketing director, Bridget Scott says. “It’s a great way to get people to loosen up and do something creative.”

Scott says they wanted to open up the community theater to people who have wanted to get involved but have not had the chance. With PlayFest, she says, everyone has a fair shot of piecing a performance together.

She says there would most likely be a loose theme and plays would run under 20 minutes, although some of the details are still being ironed out.  All rules will be explained in full at the organizational meeting.

Severtson said the meeting would entertain as much as it informs, and will run as more of a vaudeville show than an orientation meeting.

The theater’s director hopes to fill the seats for the plays on Saturday, Feb. 1.

“The performances will, I hope, be fun to watch,” he says. And the judging process (audience favorite wins) may be the wildest affair any play competition has ever seen. We’ll see.” 

PlayFest is open to people of all ages, but team members under 18 must obtain permission from a parent or guardian. Permission forms are available by request at admin@sacttheater.org.  Completed permission forms will be collected at the organizational meeting. For questions, contact Bridget Scott at http://www.sactheater.org.

Joshua Nielsen can be reached at jnielsen@lillienews.com or 651-748-7824.

 

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