Jefferson High School to hold world premiere one-act play festival

Forty theater students from Jefferson High School (JHS) in Alexandria will write, cast, rehearse and perform six original 10-minute plays across Friday and Saturday, August 23-24 in their first 24-hour one-act festival, PROJECT 1440. Performances will be Saturday at 7 and 8:30 p.m. in the Discovery Middle School Auditorium in Alexandria.

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Tickets cost $5 for adults and $3 for students, with all proceeds benefitting JHS Theatre. General admission is available at the door.

At 7 p.m. Friday, the student actors will meet with student directors Spencer Vogel, Emma Lawrence, Madison Nowling-Kjellberg, Tori Long, Jennie Eng, Miranda Novak and professional writing mentors.

From there, the directors will cast their shows without knowing what the plays will be about. Student writers will help shape the storylines of the 10-minute plays before leaving for the evening.

Adult writers will work through the night until 6 a.m. Saturday. At 7 a.m., directors, actors and technicians will meet, read scripts for the first time and begin rehearsing.

Four theater professionals from around the Midwest, Alex Shockley, Sara Chipman, Mackenzie Webb and Caleb Fortune, will hold master sessions with students prior to beginning the 24-hour process, then will mentor during the 24-hour festival.

For more information, call Jessica Chipman at (515) 320-1721 or Carlson at (320) 491-4444.