Sauk announces 24-hour theater project

The Sauk, the Hillsdale County Community Theater, will present its first-ever 24-hour theater project on June 11 and 12 with a public performance at 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 12.

The fun begins at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 11 when five directors and five playwrights come together. A subject will be proposed to them to inspire the creation of a new 10-minute piece. At 8 p.m., a hearing is organized. The directors and playwrights then select the actors to inspire their new theatrical work. Once the casting is in place, the writing begins. Playwrights have until 8 a.m. to write their new works. At 8 am, the comedians meet to read the scripts for the first time. The rehearsals will begin immediately after then at 8 p.m. on Saturday June 12, the five new pieces will be presented.

“This is a project that I wanted us to do for a few years,” said Sauk CEO Trinity Bird, who produces and coordinates the event. “It should be fun day and night. I can’t wait to see what can be created in such a short time.”

The directors for the evening are Tim Ambrose (Pittsford, MI), Bruce Crews (Jackson, MI), Angela Forant (Hillsdale, MI), Josh Lightner (Springport, MI) and Mari Nuñez (Hillsdale, MI). The playwrights are Sarah Gray (Jonesville, MI), Scott Mullen (Burbank, CA), Tiffany Thatcher (Homer, MI), GM (Bud) Thompson (Grand Rapids, MI) and Matthew Weaver (Spokane, WA). Mandee Leigh Howard is Stage Manager with Lighting Design by Lilly Macie and Sound Design by Geremy Burns.

“Anything can happen and it probably will,” Bird added. “The public can follow the entire process, including live feeds of meetings and rehearsals on The Sauk’s Facebook page.”

Tickets will not be sold in advance. The ticket office will open at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 12. This is a Pay What You Can (generously) fundraiser for community theater. Places are limited to 90 places. Anyone who has not been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will be required to wear a mask inside the theater at all times. The Sauk is located at 240 E. Chicago Street in Jonesville. Call 517-849-9100 or visit for more information.

Auditions will begin at 8 p.m. on Friday, June 11. Each person will have 1 to 2 minutes to demonstrate what they can do (perform a monologue, tell a story, sing a song, dance, perform a special skill or a combination of these). Anyone aged 14 and over can audition. The actors cast in the project must be available from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday June 12.

“The 24-Hour Theater Project” is sponsored by Olivia’s Chop House and Saucy Dog Barbecue. Bring your program to one of the sponsoring restaurants to receive ten percent off your meal anytime during the month of June 2021! The 2021 season is sponsored by Expressions Sports Photography. The 2021 media sponsor is WCSR Radio Hillsdale and The Dale 99.5.

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