The Juneau Douglas Little Theatre will host their annual theater challenge this weekend, the 24-Hour Miracle
For the sixth time in almost as many years, four teams of local writers, directors, and actors will spend 24 straight hours creating four short original plays for performance at Rockwell’s upstairs ballroom Saturday evening. Tickets are $15 and will be available at the door.
Here’s how it works: a theme or topic will be chosen at random (literally out of a hat) and announced at 8 p.m. on Friday night; writers then spend the next 12 hours writing, delivering scripts to their director and actor teams at 8 a.m. the following morning; directors and actors then rehearse for 12 hours; curtain rises at 8 p.m. Saturday night.
Since its debut in 2006, the 24-Hour Miracle has grown into Juneau Douglas Little Theatre’s signature event. This year’s writers include Amy O’Neill Houck, a local writer, fiber artist and outreach coordinator at Perseverance Theatre; Heather LaVerne, founder of the UAS Improv team; Juneau Empire columnist Clint Farr and Geoff Kirsch, who will be writing for the fifth time (he’s also co-producing with Frank Katasse).
Directors include local theater and music mainstay Patricia Hull; Mike LeVine, making his sixth 24 Hour Miracle appearance; Heather LaVerne, pulling double duty; and local film/stage director Heather Paige.
Actors run a wide range of ages, talent, and experience — and the list is still growing. Anyone and everyone is invited to sign up and act, right up until the theme announcement on Friday night.
The only requirement: if you sign up, show up.
The 24-Hour Miracle brings together numerous artists from an ever-expanding list of local performance groups including Perseverance Theatre, Theatre in the Rough, Juneau Douglas Little Theatre, Juneau Underground Motion Picture (JUMP) Society, Poetry Omnibus, Morally Improv-erished, and Li’l Buoy Physical Theatre, as well as KTOO public radio, Capital City Weekly, and the Juneau Empire. Past 24 Hour Miracle plays have gone on to be performed at the Last Frontier Theatre Conference.
Juneau Douglas Little Theatre is a non-profit community theater organization founded in 1961. Its current mission is to create original theatrical art that stimulates dialogue within the community as well as to develop artists and audiences for the performing arts. Learn more at www.jdlittletheatre.org.