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24 Hour Shakespeare By: Kaitlyn Beutel

On April 14, the Hardin-Simmons University Department of Theatre produced their fourth annual 24-Hour Shakespeare. Over the years, various theater students have had the opportunity to direct, lead, and participate in the event. While still a relatively new tradition, this has become one that many look forward to and will continue to love in the years to come.

According to Price Payne, a senior acting major from Abilene, “This all started four years ago when former students Trey Smith and Cat Fuller took on the challenge of crafting the event,” Payne said. “Each 24 hours has two directors due to the task of taking on a show in this limited amount of time. This year Bobbie Barone and I will be directing the show which will be announced on Friday at 6:30 p.m. when we begin rehearsal.”

Throughout the process, participants are able to immerse themselves into a world of Shakespeare as they “cast, stage, costume and cut a complete work of the Bard. The entire experience is both a challenge and a fun experience that is designed to successfully present a Shakespeare play while entertaining a live audience,” Payne said.

After a full day of preparation and rehearsal, participants had the opportunity to perform their show the next day, April 17, in the Van Ellis Theater. This performance has always been a huge success and is definitely one not to miss. It is a growing tradition that will continue to be one that is anticipated and loved each year. “We’re very excited to continue this still relatively new tradition and keep it going for many years to come,” Payne said. If you missed out this year, you definitely want to keep an eye out for next year’s annual 24 Hour Shakespeare.


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