24 Hour Musical: Bigger than Ever!

The 24 Hour Musical team is beyond excited to announce that we are MOVING once again! This year's 24 Hour Musical will be in the 1000-seat Henderson Auditorium at Anderson University. After 3 years of sell-out annual shows raising money for local charities, 2017 will truly be bigger and better than ever!

As always, we will bring together theatre artists and volunteers from around the Upstate to put together an entire Broadway-style musical in just 24 hours. Auditions will be held throughout the month of May via video submission, and the title of the musical will be a mystery to all involved! On Friday, August 11, cast and volunteers will come together, we will announce the title of the show, and work through the night to create a magical (and delirious) show! Admission is free, and for the first time, you might not have to worry about snagging a seat!

So, why produce an entire musical overnight? We believe that theatre can (and should!) be used to make a difference in our world. 24 Hour Musical allows artists to use their specific skills and talents to make a difference in a day, while embracing the ultimate musical theatre challenge! Every 24 Hour Musical show is free to attend, with 100% of donations going directly to our charity partner. 24 Hour Musical partners with a different charity each year, and our 2017 partner will be announced in the coming weeks.

True to the 24 Hour Musical name, the show that is being performed, as well as the cast list, is a mystery (to the cast and to the public) until the Kick-Off Party just 24 hours before showtime. Everything is truly learned, created, gathered, and rehearsed in 24 hours by an expansive team of volunteers.

When the cast and crew come together for the first time, they will have only 24 hours to:
• memorize lines
• learn choreography and music
• build sets
• find/make costumes
• market the event
• prepare every aspect of the production

The goal of the 24 Hour Musical is to create excellent theatre to better our community, while also creating a creative atmosphere for artists to commit themselves fully to their craft. We do this by welcoming imperfection and building a relationship with our audience, an audience that understands passion means more than perfection.

While all proceeds on the night of the performance go to our charity partner, the costs involved up front to produce a full-scale musical are not small. Bringing the 24 Hour Musical to life each year takes more than just talent. By donating in advance, you are turning this dream project into a reality!

We have worked to minimize every expense so that more emphasis can be placed on fundraising for our charity partner. In addition to our usual expenses (costumes, royalties, sets, props, marketing), we will move into our largest venue yet for 2017. After 3 years of sellout shows with enormous waiting lists, this year we will have 1000 seats to fill with patrons eager to support our charity partner.

With the larger venue comes additional staffing and equipment fees – our largest expense will be microphones (a one-time expense that will benefit 24 Hour Musical for years to come).

We initially set out to raise $4,500 to make this 24 Hour Musical a success – however, after some successful fundraising and working to plan several fundraiser programs, we now only need $2,100 as of April 2017. We are offering many perks and rewards for sponsors, and we hope you’ll consider making a donation now as we work towards planning this extraordinary event!

The 1st annual 24 Hour Musical took place August 8-9, 2014. You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown was a huge success for the 24 Hour Musical. The theatre was filled to capacity just 10 minutes after the doors opened on Saturday. In all, we raised $1,530.50 for the Anderson Free Clinic!

Fast forward to July 10-11, 2015, and the 24HM team was ready to do it all again! This time, a second performance was added so that more people would have a chance to see the show and support the cause. The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee played to two sold out audiences. The energy and laughter were unbelievable! The second 24 Hour Musical raised a total of $2,346.65 for the Cancer Association of Anderson!

For our third year, the 24 Hour Musical team knew that a big change was needed to meet the growing popularity of our annual show. Our 2016 show was presented in the 220-seat Daniel Recital Hall, located right above our original home in Belk Theatre. The Wizard of Oz featured our largest cast yet and raised $2,032.75 for DCEC. The theatre filled up in record time as our community came together to support this amazing cause. DCEC serves children with special needs, birth through age 10, offering quality early childhood education and essential therapies all under one roof. They provide the care needed for these children during the day so their parents and guardians can work. It is their goal to help these exceptional children reach their maximum potential!

There are so many ways you can help, even if you can't contribute financially! Stay tuned for details about auditions, volunteering, and attending the 24 Hour Musical! Sign up for our e-mail updates , like us on Facebook , and follow us on Instagram .


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